Hangar project may be OK'd Friday

The storage facility would be owned by DC-3 Flying Circus

Construction of an 18,514-square foot airplane storage hangar at the Medford airport could be cleared for takeoff Friday.

Medford's Site Plan & Architectural Commission will decide whether to approve plans for construction of the hangar at its noon meeting Friday, which will be held at Medford City Hall, the meeting agenda shows.

The hangar would be owned by Winter Park, Florida-based DC-3 Flying Circus LLLP, which already leases a similar, smaller hangar nearby, airport officials said.

It would be built to store a Douglas DC-3 airplane owned by Flying Circus, city officials said.

If approved, the 44-foot-tall metal storage hangar would be built on a 1.5-acre vacant lot about 150 feet north of Nebula Way on airport property, according to a report drafted by the Medford Planning Department. Planning Department officials recommended the Site Plan & Architectural Commission approve the project, as all codes and compliances have been met.

The DC-3 planes are vintage commercial vehicles used in the 1930s that could transport up to 28 passengers or up to 4,500 pounds of freight, according to the Boeing website.

The report shows the structure would handle craft coming off the taxi lane. Other airplane storage hangars and an Erickson Air Crane-occupied metal building are near the site.

Attempts to reach Flying Circus officials were unsuccessful.

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