Raising Steel (Part Eight)

It’s been over six weeks since my last update on the new hangars being built at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Southern California Wing in Camarillo. At that point the huge hangar doors were fully installed and the work on the interior had begun. We were hoping for an early to mid December opening – “hoping” turned out to be a key word. We’re close, but as we all know, that only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and tactical nuclear weapons.

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With the outside now essentially done, work has shifted to all of the finishing touches, some small, some not so small. On the exterior, the flood lights are up and all of the “man doors” and their hardware are in.

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Inside, the rigging for raising and lowering the doors is in place. I was surprised to see the straps installed instead of steel cables.

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However, it seems to be the most common system these days, at least according to the manufacturer’s website.

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We’re also testing a number of coatings to see which one we like the best for sealing the floor.

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The restrooms are all framed out. In our section of the hangar we’ll have two, while in the EAA’s portion they’ll have one for their use and one which opens out onto the ramp for use by pilots and other tenants at the airport.

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Everything’s stubbed out, just waiting for the water and electricity. Things should fall into place quickly once that happens.

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One big thing that got finished in the last week was the “cap” between buildings. Here you see the new hangar on the left and the exterior wall of the old hangar on the right. The two buildings do not actually attach to each other for earthquake safety – if (i.e., when) the next big quake hits the two buildings will sway independently, much safer than being a large, coupled system.

The problem is that something needs to keep rain and wind from coming in through the gap (about eighteen inches I would guess), so a cap was put on there. It doesn’t attach, but hangs over the old hangar’s roof so that water at the edge will just run off onto one side or the other.

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The 80% view, with the EAA’s portion just behind me, our maintenance & storage areas directly in front, and the huge area beyond the steel beams where multiple large planes will be stored. It’s going to be great.


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