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Hangar 9, Brooks AFB, 1988 HCEL
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With the start of World War I, military preparedness ramped up full-speed ahead and with it, a new flying field, Brooks Field, broke ground in February of 1918. The facility was established to train Army pilots, some of whom included: Charles Lindberg, Nathan Twining, and Thomas D. White. It became home to many early innovations in aviation training, such as the invention of the Ocker Box (to teach instrument-only flying) and early experiments in paratroop jumps.

Hangar 9 is a 2-story, 865 sq ft wooden building - one of 16 hangars constructed in 1918 as temporary buildings for the new airfield. The other buildings were demolished in the late 50s, but Hangar 9 remains standing as a museum, housing artifacts related to aviation history and development, including early space exploration. The building’s design distinguishes itself in the use of local materials and human resources, the speed of construction, and the durability with which it has faced the years unscathed.

U.S. Air Force
Albert Kahn 
Harmon & Co.
U.S. Air Force
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