GULFPORT, Miss. – The restoration of a World War II era hangar was completed this month at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The airport held a lease signing ceremony yesterday to officially transfer the hangar to the Mississippi National Guard.
“The Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority is pleased to see the World War II era hangar restored, and grateful the Mississippi National Guard is able to utilize the facility to enhance its mission,” said Clay Williams, Executive Director of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.
The nearly $1.7 million exterior restoration began in August 2015. The hangar was formerly the FBO at the airport, and was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Built in 1944 during World War II, the hangar is on the list of National Historic places and is designated a Mississippi Landmark.
The hangar was the last commercial facility on the military side of the airfield. The transfer of the hangar provides for a contiguous footprint for the National Guard base.
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