Original Hangar One Site

1616 CLUI photoHangar One was the largest hangar on base. Made of wood, unlike the Enola Gay Hangar, which is metal, Hangar One was destroyed by fire in July 1946. The out of control blaze, set off by a short circuit in a battery charger, was accelerated by 30,000 gallons of aircraft fuel stored on site. In addition to destroying the airplanes that were in the hangar, the fire spread to several adjacent buildings before the fire crew responded, despite the fact that they were stationed across the street.

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