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Hangar open at CFB Trenton

Posted: Jan 27/17

Trenton Trentonian

By Ernst Kuglin, The Intelligencer/Trentonian
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

  • A C17 sits inside the massive Maintenance Hangar 6 which officially opened at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton on Wednesday January 25, 2017 in Trenton, Ont. Emily Mountney/Belleville Intelligencer/Postmedia Network
  • A C17 sits inside the massive Maintenance Hangar 6 which officially opened at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton on Wednesday January 25, 2017 in Trenton, Ont. Emily Mountney/Belleville Intelligencer/Postmedia Network
  • The Polaris C-150 used for flying Canadian dignitaries around the world is shown here in the second bay of new Maintenance Hanger 6, which officially opened at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, on Wednesday January 25, 2017 in Trenton, Ont. Emily Mountney/Belleville Intelligencer/Postmedia Network
  • Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis addresses military members and staff from construction crews involved in building the new Maintenance Hanger 6 at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, on Wednesday January 25, 2017 in Trenton, Ont. Emily Mountney/Belleville Intelligencer/Postmedia Network
  • Karen McCrimmon, parliamentary secretary to the minister of veterans affairs, is surrounded by dignitaries as she cuts a ribbon officially opening the new Maintenance Hangar 6 at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, on Wednesday January 25, 2017 in Trenton, Ont. Emily Mountney/Belleville Intelligencer/Postmedia Network
  • Karen McCrimmon, parliamentary secretary to the minister of veterans affairs speaks during a ceremony opening the new Maintenance Hanger 6 at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, on Wednesday January 25, 2017 in Trenton, Ont. Emily Mountney/Belleville Intelligencer/Postmedia Network
  • James Paul, president of Defence Construction Canada, speaks during a ceremony celebrating the opening of Hangar 6 which officially opened at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton on Wednesday January 25, 2017 in Trenton, Ont. Emily Mountney/Belleville Intelligencer/Postmedia Network
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CFB TRENTON - The impressive hangar managed to make the hulking CC-177 Globemaster parked inside look small.

Officials cut the red ribbon for Hangar 6 Tuesday, a massive structure that’s been under construction since 2012.

The view from an elevated walkway that runs the width of one of the hangar bays, the Globemaster seemed to shrink in size.

With a building footprint of more than 17,000 square-metres, the two bay structure is the size of three Canadian Football League fields.  Each bay is roughly 5,000 square-metres, or the size of three NHL hockey rinks.

It cost $78.2 million to construct, part of the on-going $860 million infrastructure overhaul at CFB Trenton.

The hangar was constructed to maintain the fleet of five CC-177 Globemasters and five CC-150 Polaris Airbus’ flown by 429 and 427 Squadrons.

The building designed by SNC Lavalin Inc, was constructed by Bondfield construction Company Ltd. of Concord, ON.

James Paul, president of Defence Construction Canada, said the state of the art facility is most notable for its sheer size and technology.

“In the old days hangars were large, brick mortar and steel buildings.  But today the analogy I would use is they are more like a computer docking stations – fully supporting the specific airframe from the moment it pulls into the hangar,” said Paul, noting the structure is all about the technology.

There are two underground reinforced tanks, each having 1.5 million litre capacity.  One tank is a water reservoir that serves the fire suppression system.  The second collects high expansion foal effluent.

More than 4,000 tons of steel was used to erect the building.

“These are impressive numbers and what’s more impressive is the commitment of the entire project team,” said Paul.

Karen McCrimmon, Parliamentary Secretary to Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, could only wish the technology was available during her 30-plus years in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

“I remember the days of working at 10 Hangar where we had to have space heaters under the door so your feet didn’t freeze.  Boy to have something like this is just magnificent,” said McCrimmon.

The former Commanding Officer of 429 Squadron at CFB Trenton said she misses CFB Trenton.

“When I stood up there up there and looked down on that 429 Squadron aircraft, the heart was going,” she said.

McCrimmon said it takes a team to build a facility like 6 Hangar.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re doing search and rescue, air-to-air refuelling, tactical air lift or strategic air lift – it all matters.  Nothing works unless we’re all working as team,” she said.

8 Wing Commanding Officer, Col. Colin Keiver described the hangar as “awesome.”

“It expands our capability.  We have more bays that we can put these aircraft in, especially this time of year.  When they are inside we can service them that much quicker and get them on road doing what they’re meant to do,” said Keiver.

Another large infrastructure project is in the planning stages.  Hangar 10, constructed in the 1970s, will be replaced with a much larger building – Hangar 5.

Construction could be years away.  But preliminary plans call for a four-bay facility.

“It is a definitive requirement and the plan is to build it… it’s going through the process,” said Keiver.