The National WASP World War II Museum in Sweetwater, Texas recently dedicated a new hangar at Avenger Field, completing phase I of a multi year expansion project that will more than double the footprint of the museum.
The new hangar is situated on the east side of an old municipal hangar that has housed the museum until this point. The proportions of the two buildings were matched and a small plaza was added between them to enhance aesthetics and adhere to fire codes.
The new building will serve as a traditional museum and event center, complete with a gift shop, administrative offices and an archive room, while the old building will become “strictly an airplane museum.” Some existing exhibits will reportedly receive facelifts while more “high-tech” displays focused on the role of science and engineering in aviation are planned.
The fulfillment of these goals make up phase II of the project, although a completion date is currently unknown. The museum’s creative director, Gerald Driemeier, states, “We are going to spend some time thinking about how the interior will fit out.”
The National WASP World War II Museum pays tribute to the 1,102 Women Airforce Service Pilots who made up the first female squadron in the US. These experienced pilots served their country during WW2 by ferrying and flight testing aircraft, towing gunnery targets and transporting equipment and personnel – ultimately flying every aircraft in the Army’s arsenal and serving at 120 bases around the country.
Click below to check out video of the dedication on May 25th.
Posted by WASP National WWII Museum on Thursday, May 25, 2017