This hangar is huuugge!
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Boeing facility in San Antonio is the largest freestanding airplane hangar in the world. It is 1,760 feet long. This massive hangar can fit sixteen C-17 Globemaster Fleet III planes. More than 600 employees work there. Workers have upgraded and delivered almost 1,000 planes from this facility, to locations around the world. The crew boasts 95 percent on time deliveries. Says Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Program Leader Rene Vargas, “What we do now is we basically take a C-17 and do maintenance, overhaul and repairs of the aircraft.”
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is the Air Force’s primary heavy transport aircraft, developed in the 1980s and delivered from 1994 to 2013. The C-17 routinely performs tactical and strategic airlift missions, as well as medical evacuation and airdrop. It is designed to airdrop 102 paratroopers and their equipment. The C-17 can take off from runways as short as 3,500 feet, and as narrow as 90 feet wide. It can even operate from semi-prepared and unimproved runways, although this increases the risk of damage to the aircraft.
The C-17 is about 174 feet long and has a wingspan of about 170 feet. The cargo compartment is 88 feet long by 18 feet wide. The C-17 is powered by four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbo engines.
The final C-17 was completed in the Long Beach, California facility, and launched on November 29th, 2015.