Millions of dollars aim to improve the efficiency of aircraft mechanics in the Mississippi National Guard working here on the Coast.
Construction crews are building a $40 million paint hangar for the Gulfport based 1108th Aviation Group which does maintenance and repairs for military helicopters across the southeast.
In an average year, soldiers blast and paint 21 entire aircraft and approximately 800 repaired aircraft parts. Army National Guard officials say the 60,000 square foot facility will contain upgrades that will mean a significant boost in workflow effectiveness.
1108th Aviation Group Commander Lieutenant Colonel Glen Flowers said, “The corrosion control or paint hangar that is currently under construction will allow us to greatly increase our productivity level as we paint Army National Guard aircraft for nine states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.” Once the new paint hangar is completed around May 2018, the current hangar will be torn down and a second new hangar built. Officials say soldiers will use that building for such jobs as rotor blade repair, sheet metal work, and welding.