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Bringing a piece of history back to life

DECATUR CO., GA (WALB) -

A World War II hangar used to train army pilots is undergoing a major restoration.

A transformation that has taken time but people in Decatur County feel that the investment was worth it.

"The county commissioners voted to tear the hangar down when they were building a new building, they said it would be an eye sore, but a couple of local pilots decided to politic them and said it's worth saving," said airport manager Jim Serone.

Numerous soldiers we're trained in Bainbridge during the war.

"If an airplane needed work they would come in the hangar, they would take the engine off, do their required work, it was a maintenance hangar but they also housed planes in here," said Serone.

The World War II hangar is one of the only ones in the area still being used to house planes and the county is determined to keep the tradition of training new pilots.

"It's still being used, the military does come here to use this airport, because of the accessibility, the wide open runways and low traffic," said Serone.

The renovation process would not have become a reality with out the commitment of the community and grant money.

"Being in the old hangar it's kind of like you can hear the echoes", said Decatur Co. public relations representative, Suzanne Brandt.

The echoes of the courageous men who passed through this hangar on their way to defend America.

The dedication service will be held on April 5, 2014 at 11am. The hangar is at 413 4th Ramp, Decatur County Industrial Park off Hwy 27. The phone number at the airport is 229-248-2103.

One of the planes delivered to the site for use in training has been restored, and will be on site as well as other planes from the era.

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