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DECATUR COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Renovations on a south Georgia World War II era airport hangar will begin soon.

Decatur County received a $200,000 FAA grant plus a generous donation from a private citizen for the project.

County officials hope the renovations will increase airport traffic and revenue for the county.

Private planes are not the only thing taking off this week at the Decatur County Airport.

"After many months of waiting to get going and several years of working on the project to get it energized, in a few days we will be starting renovation construction on this hangar," said County Administrator Col. Gary Breedlove.

The hangar was built in 1942 and was used to help train pilots during World War II.

And now after more than 70 years, the structure is about to get a facelift.

"I did 50 years in uniform in various capacities. So it's very special to me to have this thing getting underway and it will be important to a lot of people in our community and beyond for those who trained here," said Breedlove.

The funding for the Hangar renovation is coming from an FAA grant and a generous donation from a Decatur County citizen.

"It was significant at the time and it has become more significant because some of our revenue sources in the county have shrunk somewhat over the last year almost," said Breedlove.

Breedlove says this will be an investment for the future.

"Whether it's transit to buy fuel or whether they are coming in to go hunting or going to plantations or whatever, they will see this new terminal. They will see a renovated hangar. And I think that will opens to people saying hey this place is making some progress."

But Breedlove says is just phase one of a larger construction plan.

"We'll have the front end of this hangar behind me. The doors, the windows and the walls and stuff redone, the lights that shine out on the ramp. And the roof will be repaired adequately for weather conditions."

And to add to the history of the airfield, the signage on the nearby water tower now reads Bainbridge Army Airfield 1942.

Phase one of the hangar renovation is expected to be completed in October.

 

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