“Firehouse Hangar” for Air Force
The Air Force has borrowed from the fire service and ordered a new type “firehouse hangar” for the swift getaway of its jet fighter interceptors in the event of enemy raid alarms. The first one is being installed at Truax Air Force Base, Madison, Wis.
The “firehouse hangar” is so called because it enables the jet pilot to get into action like a fire fighter. According to Republic Steel, the hangars are equipped with “the world’s fastest acting, largesize doors.” The 5-ton steel doors at each end of the hangar open fully in 20 seconds. The 24 x 64 foot door at the rear clears the way for the jet exhaust blast, while the front door opens the way for the plane to roar immediately down the take-off runway.
It is said the time saved on take-off, using the firehouse principle, as compared with the conventional hangar, can add 25 miles to the distance at which the fighter would intercept invading aircraft.