Great Bend is making plans to demolish one World War II-era hangar and to put another on the historic registry.
The Hutchinson News reports that the airfield in Great Bend was among 18 that were part of the war effort in Kansas. It was used to train flight personnel for B-29 bombers. The training mission required upgrades that included expanding runways and taxiways and building new hangars to hold the large planes.
But in the decades that followed, storms, neglect and time punished the hangars. One was torn down in 2008, and the hangar poised for demolition has a heavily damaged roof. Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington says it would cost a fortune to repair
The hangar slated to be placed on the historic registry remains in use.