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Air Force Museum Moving Forward With New Hangar

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Jerry Kenney
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WYSO

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force says it’s ready to move ahead with a planned 224,000 square foot addition that will house the museum’s Presidential Aircraft Gallery and other exhibits.

Turner Construction Co. of Washington, D.C. landed the $35.4 million dollar contract to build the new hangar at Wright-Patt, though the non-profit Air Force Museum Foundation is privately financing the expansion.

Officials say it will be similar in size and shape to its three existing hangars and will house planes used by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower, as well as John F. Kennedy’s Air Force One.

The new building will also have dedicated areas for Air Force and STEM education programs and a relocated Research and Development Gallery featuring the world’s only remaining XB-70 aerospace vehicle, which could fly three times the speed of sound.

Construction is set to begin in late spring of 2014 and a public opening is anticipated in late 2015.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.