RPA Schoolhouse Welcomes New Hangar

Members of the California Air National Guard’s 163rd Reconnaissance Wing at March Air Reserve Base inaugurated the unit’s new $5 million, 17,500-square-foot hangar at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville. The state-of-the-art facility, meant to support the wing’s remotely piloted aircraft schoolhouse, is the Air Guard’s first hangar specifically designed for RPAs. It accommodates two MQ-9 Reapers or three MQ-1 Predators; an adjacent fabric “big top” hangar can protect an additional two Reapers or five Predators, according to the wing’s July 2 release. Construction of the hangar commenced in August 2010. The facility’s ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on June 15 with dignitaries including Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, California’s adjutant general. (Victorville report by MSgt. Julie Avey)