MCAS New River 75th Anniversary: ‘Mega Hangar’ the newest part of New River history - Camp Lejeune Globe: News

MCAS New River 75th Anniversary: ‘Mega Hangar’ the newest part of New River history

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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2019 8:30 am

Some may say the MV-22 aircraft is unsurpassed in its capabilities. The Osprey gets Marines in and out of an objective faster and farther than ever before. Its vertical take-offs and landings, coupled with speed, range and efficiency allow for safe and timely delivery of troops and supplies on the ground.

In the spring of 2015, Marine Corps Air Station New River conducted a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the “mega hangar,” AS-890, the largest free-standing cantilever aircraft hangar in the Marine Corps.

Previously, the air station was home to six squadrons, but with room for only five of them permanently. This meant one squadron always needed to be deployed. The mega hangar accommodates an increase in squadrons and aircraft at the installation, enhancing the family life of the military community.

The MV-22 hangar is nearly twice the size of any existing hanger on the installation, yet was required to meet the base architectural standards while remaining cohesive with nearby hangar aesthetics and adjacent runways. The mega hangar is 257,980 square feet, which offers more than 150,000 square feet of hangar space and nearly 100,000 square feet of office space, and is 1,300 feet long (or a quarter of

a mile).

This facility streamlines operations and simplifies the maintenance system, which reduces the turnaround time on aircraft maintenance. The type II hangar provides administrative, logistical and

maintenance capabilities

for both the Osprey

tilt-rotor aircraft and the CH-53K helicopter. The hangar includes a hangar bay, shop space, flight line operations space, four seven-ton bridge cranes, an aircraft wash rack and

maintenance functions. The mega hangar also has a dedicated multi-level parking structure.

Speed of construction, a vast, complex site, one of the wettest summers in North Carolina history, utility and environmental conditions, as well as the base’s seven-day-a-week, 24-hours-a-day operations presented numerous challenges. For instance, since the project’s 437-acre site was adjacent to an operating military airfield, constant radio contact with the control tower was required. This resulted in employing multiple delivery sequences to complete the construction of the hangar without impacting the active runways.

Another challenge was the discovery of unexploded ordinance. Areas had to be isolated, resulting in a seven-month delay in site work to await an ordinance explosive contractor to survey and mitigate the site.

Despite the project’s challenges, the final beneficial occupancy was achieved three months ahead of the scheduled completion date and the final contract remained below the allocated government budget.

Since the opening of the mega hangar, aircraft operational availability and troop morale has improved markedly for all MV-22 squadrons assigned to the installation. The processes, techniques and design concepts used for the

MV-22 Mega Hangar at Marine Corps Air Station New River will set the

future standard for Type

II hangars.