SAVE HANGAB ‘B’, to return to the original goal. The roof is still leaking. The problem, I was told, is with the component of the ventilation system that extends at the top of the Hangar for the whole length of the roof, which is over 1000 feet. The point at which the corrugated and rolled roofing materials meet near the monitor. The ventilation system should be on top of the monitor, which is a flat construction.
I got the opportunity to speak with Bob and Linda Fitzgerald. V.E. Fitzgerald, Bob’s father, was the major roofing contractor on the structure. He devised a plan for securely transporting the equipment and roofing supplies to the top and laying corrugated metal sheets on the half-round structure.
Young Bob was on the work with his father; Bob has a lot of history and information about the roof, as well as images of the entire process. Gerald Bush and Melvin Lawrence were the other employees. The total cost was $292,000. According to the Port Manager, this was the first time the whole roof has been renovated at once.
They utilized roughly 8000 2′ X L2′ sheets of aluminum siding, four-inch-thick bundles of the sheets weighing about 2000 pounds, and there are about 300 tons of metal sheet on the side. A black surface was applied to the old roof’s surface. There was a rationale for that surface as well; it wasn’t only to make the roof less gleaming. The coating is applied to prohibit the metal sheets from contacting one other and causing a process similar to electrolysis, which would eat away at the metal. This new roof will last around 25 years. “We’re gone over the deadline based on that information.”
Over the course of that time, four Fitzgerald Roofing Company workers have completed the majority of the roofing work.
Fitzgerald and Company was in charge of designing and developing the equipment for use in the hangars. A scaffold was employed by the guys. A pair of wires transport the scaffold up and down. Depending on the direction in which the task takes the personnel. Two enormous air motors positioned on the scaffold provide the necessary power for the structure to move, while a second air compressor on the ground supplies the air for the leveling devices. The men utilized this to maintain the scaffold level as it moved up the wall of the hangar, following the natural curves to the top. The ground-based compressor also delivers air for the special hammers that drive the four-inch nails that secure the new metal roofing to the hangars.
According to Mr. Fitzgerald, “We’ve been working on this technology for a long time. Let’s just say I’ve pretty well perfected it. It has four braking systems, so it’s essentially foolproof, and if one fails, the backup systems are always available.” The construction workers utilized a windowless elevator. It was a cable vehicle that rolled up the hangar’s side. Mr. Fitzgerald controls the crane from the ground, which lifts and lowers the automobile.
Mr. Fitzgerald suggested that the gleaming roof be given a black coat in 5 years (1952). He did, however, want to retire. “I’m curious whether this ever happened. Has the rust covered the original sparkling surface or the black surface? Bob has a good question.”
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