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Kentucky National Guard to get $25M aviation facility

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky Army National Guard is breaking ground for a new hangar that will house black hawk helicopters.

The Kentucky Guard is getting a new hangar facility that will cost $25 million dollars and will replace the old facility that was built in 1958. Officials say they've outgrown their existing facility.

The new complex will consist of more than 92,000 square feet of combined space. It will also provide protection for the Kentucky Guard's black hawks and helicopters, and the space needed to train crews to fly and work on them. Officials say the new hangar will also keep those air crafts from being damaged by severe weather and lightening strikes.

Although to some the current facility may look like a big enough space, officials say its small in comparison to others.

"With the old facility all these air crafts, or most of them, are set out on the ramp exposed to the elements - lightning, weather - and ultimately [the new facility] just saves the tax payers dollars and maintenance repairs to the aircraft," says Brian Abney, Director of Aviation.

The project is expected to be completed by next year.


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