- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - An airplane hangar in Gulfport that was used during World War II is receiving over $2 million in renovations.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1MPoTXK ) state and local officials unveiled a conceptual drawing Wednesday of the renovations during a ceremony.

Officials say the revamp will allow the hanger to be used by the Air National Guard’s Combat Readiness Training Center, which is based at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

Airport Executive Director Clay Williams says construction will start in a few weeks and should be completed in April.

The hanger, which was built in 1944, took heavy damage in Hurricane Katrina. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

The project is funded by a $2 million grant from the Mississippi Development Authority and $400,000 from the airport.

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