The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group christened a new $25 million high-bay maintenance hangar at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., on Monday. The new hangar “provides a world class facility for a proud team of professional airmen so they can continue their mission … providing high quality aircraft and parts to the war fighter,” Ogden Air Logistics Complex Commander Brig. Gen. Steven Bleymaier said at the Dec. 7 ceremony. The 76,746 square-foot facility is capable of housing all but the largest aircraft in the Air Force fleet, and is built to high energy efficiency standards, according to a release. It incorporates full maintenance facilities and an administrative block, as well as visitor accommodations and an observation deck. The 309th AMARG oversees the Defense Department’s aircraft “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan, and will use the hangar for parts reclamation, aircraft sustainment, inspections, and routine maintenance.
The Air Force isn’t giving up on its long-frustrated efforts to retire older aircraft, as the department’s leader continues to talk with lawmakers about plans to free up funds for its modernization efforts, Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones said Nov. 30.