Friday, 25 June 2021
Built in 1942 this stunning WWII aeroplane hangar at what was then ‘McIntyre Field’, was used to store and maintain B-24 Liberator bomber aircraft.
Using short lengths of local unseasoned hardwoods, the hangar is a remarkable technical and engineering achievement. At 39.6 x 98.5m hangars of this type are the longest known clear span gable shaped timber truss buildings in Australia.
McIntyre Field had been constructed by the Allied Works Council as a temporary air force base for US Air Force in response to the fear of invasion during WWII. It was later taken over by the RAAF and renamed Tocumwal Airfield.
Photo: Ashley Edwards, Heritage NSW