DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)– A ceremony held at the National Museum of the United States Air Force marks the start of construction on a fourth building.
Alongside three other hangars, the building will be 224,000 square feet– about 3.5 football fields.
“It’s not very often that we get an opportunity to build such a unique structure like this,” said Turner Construction Co. Vice President and General Manager, Kyle Rooney.
The building will be home to the Presidential Aircraft, Space, Research and Development, and Global Reach Galleries.
“This gets the public unimpeded access to all those artifacts in addition to all the other airplanes coming over,” according to Jack Hudson, the Director of the museum.
The Air Force Museum Foundation raised the $35.4 million that will fund the building. It’s a non profit organization, established in 1960, with the purpose of helping expand the museum.
Tuesday night, a groundbreaking ceremony kicked off months of construction.
“This new building, gives us the capability to tell all those stories and have the kids come in and see all these things, and be motivated towards greatness as they grow up.”
Visitors can expect to be inside the new building in 2016.