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April 11, 2012

4802 Main HangarMain Hangar 4802 at Dryden Flight Research Center. NASA photo.

Main Hangar 4802 at Dryden Flight Research Center. Main Hangar 4802 at Armstrong Flight Research Center. NASA photo.

Hangar Capacities

Hangar/Bldg. Sq. Feet Availability Point of Contact
4801 24,300 365 days Tom Grindle, (661) 276-2710
4802 56,230 365 days Tom Grindle, (661) 276-2710
4820 19,680 As needed Knut Roepel, (661) 276-3840
4823 6,620 As needed Ed Swan, (661) 276-3904
4826 36,430 365 days Tom Grindle, (661) 276-2710
4833 26,010 Space Shuttle-dependent Tom Grindle, (661) 276-2710
4840 52,675 365 days Tom Grindle, (661) 276-2710
221,945 Total*

4801 - Aircraft Construction and Modification Hangar

Current Use: Active; science aircraft
Capacities: High bay hangar: 114'D x 152"W x 32'6"H (17,328 ft2) One hangar door located on south side with two 15' drive-through doors, and a 15' drive-through door on north side of building
Unique Capabilities: Office, conference rooms, laboratory, and restrooms. In-floor heating and evaporative cooling. Aircraft air-conditioning system in middle of hangar, AFFF fire system.

4802 - Main Hangar

Current Use: Active; Support and service/platform medium and small aircraft
Capacities: High bay hangar: 351'D x 152'W x 32'6" H. Two hangar doors, one at south side and one at north side; both with drive-through roll-up doors.
Unique Capabilities: Test areas use portable ground equipment for hydraulics and air systems. AFFF fire system, in-floor heating and evaporative cooling.

4820 - Flight Loads Research Laboratory

Current Use: Active; Load and heat testing of structural components and complete flight vehicles. Calibrate and evaluate flight loads instrumentation under conditions expected in flight.
Capacities: High bay 120'D x 164'W; reinforced concrete floor with tie-down slots in floor and 136'W x 40'H hangar door. Total high bay area 19,680 ft2; 10,000 ft2 useable area for aircraft.
Unique Capabilities: High bay test area with adjacent laboratory, office, and storage area. Data acquisition and test control room overlooking test area. 5-ton rail crane, 39' max height. Carbon-carbon and titanium test capabilities. Thermal and cryogenic systems. Power output range from 1,000 to 20,000 kW and testing temperature range from -100 to 3,000 °F.

4823 - Experimental Fabrication and Repair/Aircraft Servicing Dock

Current Use: Active; Aircraft Modification Facility
Capacities: 29800 ft2 (6,624 ft2 hangar space; 72'D x 50'W x 20'H)
Unique Capabilities: Houses Machine Shop, Sheet Metal Shop, Weld Shop, Fluids Shop, Composite Facility, Non-destructive Inspection Shop, and hangar space. Machine Shop is central heating/cooling controlled; other areas are evaporative cooling and radiant heating.

4826 - Aircraft Maintenance Hangar

Current Use: Active; houses Avionics Laboratories, research F-15s/F-18 aircraft
Capacities: 25,071 ft2; 192'D x 130'W x 20'H hangar door.
Unique Capabilities: AFFF fire system. Evaporative cooling; has hush houses on outside of building for aircraft hydraulics and cooling units. Normal shop air and 28v DC power.

4833 - Shuttle Hangar and Shops

Current Use: Active; Shuttle Processing Hangar
Capacities: 33,900 ft2 (total)
Unique Capabilities: Water deluge fire system, two 25-ton overhead rail cranes, explosive blow out panels, two exhaust fans, mission control center, communication room, office and laboratory space on north side of building. Two storage areas within hangar. One hangar door on east side of building and one drive-through door on west side of building. Floor drains.

4840 - Walter C. Williams Research Aircraft Integration Facility

Current Use: Active; research project aircraft
Capacities: Six high bay aircraft test areas; three on each side of building in three physically separated areas.

  • Test bays 1, 2, & 3 are located behind a single door that is 50'H and spans 225' (combined size is 135'D x 225'W – large enough for a single transport-size aircraft to be placed in the multiple bay area).
  • Test bays 4 & 5 have a common door that is 125'W x 40'H (combined size is 99'D x 125'W).
  • Test bay 6 has a door that is 100'W x 40'H. Test bay 6 is 99'D x 97'W. A full-height wall separates test bays 5 and 6. This is a secure hangar.

Test areas use portable ground equipment for hydraulics and air systems. Comfort cooling available through chillers.
Unique Capabilities: Aircraft-in-the-loop simulation, secured high bay with secured simulation laboratory. Remotely augmented vehicles systems, simulators, and laboratories; office and avionics laboratories. Ground vibration test capability.

* Other USAF hangar space potentially available via NASA AFRC/AFFTC Alliance Agreement.

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