Hangar #5

From modest beginnings in a cow pasture, the fledgling Bismarck Airport needed facilities to serve the people and the aircraft that brought them here.

In 1936, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration built a large municipal hangar in the prize-winning Art Deco style favored for airport architecture at the time. Over the years, the facility became known as Hangar #5 and served many aviation, military, community and civic purposes.

Now the historical structure must be moved or face demolition. If repurposed as a museum, Hangar #5 will provide a space where people will gather to learn, to celebrate and to dream.

  • First known as the large municipal hangar, Hanger #5 was built in 1936 and features the Art Deco characteristic of Depression-era architecture in North Dakota.

    First known as the large municipal hangar, Hanger #5 was built in 1936 and features the Art Deco characteristic of…

  • The 7th Ferry Command of the U.S. Army Air Corps occupied Hangar #5 from 1943 to 1946.

    The 7th Ferry Command of the U.S. Army Air Corps occupied Hangar #5 from 1943 to 1946.

  • A new control and communication tower was added to Hanger #5 in 1951, but later removed when an air traffic control tower was built.

    A new control and communication tower was added to Hanger #5 in 1951, but later removed when an air traffic…

  • Hangar # 5 is a prominent feature of this earlier aerial view of Bismarck Airport.

    Hangar # 5 is a prominent feature of this earlier aerial view of Bismarck Airport.

  • At one time hidden by an attached office building, the east face of Hangar #5 – and its sizeable windows – once again saw the light of day when an airport terminal was built and the office building was removed.

    At one time hidden by an attached office building, the east face of Hangar #5 – and its sizeable windows…

  • Bismarck Aero Center, a full-service aviation facility, has occupied Hangar # 5 since June 2008.

    Bismarck Aero Center, a full-service aviation facility, has occupied Hangar # 5 since June 2008.

  • Conversion of Hangar #5 will provide ample space for aviation exhibits, such as the Flying Legends tour sponsored by Bismarck Aero Center.

    Conversion of Hangar #5 will provide ample space for aviation exhibits, such as the Flying Legends tour sponsored by Bismarck…

  • This model of the Bismarck Air Museum shows the facility with the control tower as it will appear when restored and relocated.

    This model of the Bismarck Air Museum shows the facility with the control tower as it will appear when restored…

  • An overhead view of the Bismarck Air Museum model shows the flexibility of display space to be available in the new museum.

    An overhead view of the Bismarck Air Museum model shows the flexibility of display space to be available in the…