Historic Hangar 9
Hangar 9, located at Brooks City Base in San Antonio, Texas, was built in 1918 and is the oldest wooden aircraft hangar of its kind still standing in its original location. Many hangars of this type were constructed as temporary facilities across the country as the United States entered World War I. The noted industrial architect, Albert Kahn, provided a unique open design that allowed up to eight Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” aircrafts to be housed at one time. The hangar is a San Antonio Historic Landmark, listed in the Texas State Historical Survey and the National Register of Historic Places. Hangar 9 is also a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Brooks Field, named for Sidney J. Brooks, Jr., the first San Antonio native to die in a World War I aviation-related accident, comprised 873 acres when 16 hangars, including Hangar 9, were constructed in a unique, crescent-shaped hangar row.
The hangar is approximately 8,700 square feet in size and 30 feet high. The building was saved from demolition in the late 1960s, and completely restored through the efforts of the San Antonio community and the U.S. Air Force in 1969. It has served as an aviation, aerospace and aeromedical museum, and was formerly dedicated to San Antonio native and NASA astronaut Edward H. White II, the first American to walk in space and who lost his life in the Apollo I capsule fire.