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Brooks AFB, Old Hangar 9
Society: ASCEMain Category: Aerospace & AviationSub Category: AviationEra: 1910-1919DateCreated: 1918Brooks City-BaseSan AntonioState: TXCountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/Brooks-AFB,-Old-Hangar-9/Creator: World War I Army Air Service, Kahn, Albert

In its infancy, Hangar Nine housed Curtiss JN-4s ("Jennys") like the one Charles Lindbergh landed there when he reported for duty as a flying cadet in 1924.

As the U.S. was preparing to enter World War I, the Army raced to build an entire airfield, complete with 16 wooden hangars, successfully completing it in less than a year. The last remaining World War I facility of its kind, Hangar Nine at Brooks Air Force Base represents the emergence of fast-track construction methods using available materials and the skills of a local workforce.

YearAdded:
1998
Image Credit: Public Domain (U.S. Air Force)Image Caption: Brooks AFB, Old Hangar 9Era_date_from: 1918
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