Bainbridge, Georgia - September 24, 2012
Decatur County officials have announced plans to restore a World War II hangar at the Bainbridge-Decatur County Airport.
"You really need to save your history in these old small towns because once you tear it down, it's gone and it can't be rebuilt," said Jim Cerone, the manager at Bainbridge-Decatur County Airport.
The 28,000 square foot hangar was built back in 1942 and was used to train U.S. Army pilots.
"A lot of people came through here," said Cerone. "They came from other areas of the country and trained here. A lot of them met their wives, their future wives here, so to them, I think it means a lot."
The county has received about $300,000 in state and federal grant money for the project.
The rest of the funding came from a local resident,. who wanted to remain anonymous.
"The county taxpayers are able to go into this project, get the hangar running into World War II motif, back online as a fully established hanger, for zero cost," said Gary Breedlove, the Decatur County Administrator.
County officials hope the hangar will also attract visitors to the area and boost the economy.
They say they've already received calls from people as far as California who are excited about the project.
"We may find there's hundreds of people around South Georgia and beyond that have an interest or some tie to the history of this place and we welcome their input as we go through this process," added Breedlove.
They hope to have the project completed within a year.