Thursday, July 2, 2020
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Work Continues On Warbird Restoration Hangar

Work has progressed on country singer Aaron Tippin’s warbird restoration hangar.

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport manager Dean Selby said crews have added two end walls and a roof to the structure.

“They’ll be starting on the other end wall probably tomorrow. They were going to today, but the rain has held them up,” Selby said. “They will start framing inside next week and probably electrical next week, weather permitting.”

The airport will use an $880,000 economic development grant to pay for the project. Selby said Tippin will lease the hangar to operate TN Flying Machines, a business that restores vintage military aircraft.

The hangar will have three-phased power running to it. Selby said he’s already paid Caney Fork Electric for installing the line.

“The airport’s share of it was $13,000,” Selby said. “Caney Fork really worked around to get that to a reasonable price. They should start building that line in the next couple of weeks.”

The airport will use Tippin’s lease contribution to pay for the local grant match.  Selby said he expects crews to complete the hangar by this spring.