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Hangar 1 renovation nearing completion

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- In preparation for the arrival of a new operational F-22 Raptor squadron here, Hangar 1 is currently undergoing renovations to help support the new mission.

The project began October 24, 2011 and is expected to be finished by the middle of September.

Installation of a High Expansion Foam system and renovations of the hangar bay and interior spaces were included in the project.

"With the transition from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command, the hangar will play a pivotal role in supporting the additional planes and people required to complete the mission," said Capt. Nick Thomas, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron project manager. "The hangar was remodeled because its current condition and layout were not suitable to the proposed mission that will be housed there for the new F-22 combat coded squadron."

In the past, Hangar 1 was primarily used for the F-15C Eagle training squadron's mission, but will now be utilized for the 325th Maintenance Group in support of the additional jets.

Tyndall is slated to receive approximately two dozen jets due to the intergration of the new F-22 Raptor squadron.

"To safely store the F-22's during maintenance activities, the hangar upgraded their Fire Protection System," said Mr. Daryl Rozell, 325th CES project manager.

Fire protection is needed to protect the people, planes, and hangar in the event of a fire.

Other modifications will provide the proper working spaces and secure storage necessary to house the aircraft maintenance unit in the hangar.

The 325th CES, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the project integration office, Air Combat Command Civil Engineering, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Gulf Coast Architectural Group are all contributing to this project.