AMARILLO, Texas — Part of an abandoned hangar at an Amarillo airport that opened nearly 90 years ago has collapsed during a storm.

Amarillo Fire Department Capt. Larry Davis says the hangar toppled Saturday night during a thunderstorm. Joseph Guerrero, a National Weather Service meteorologist, tells the Amarillo Globe-News the already weak structure combined with 40 mph (64.37 kph) winds to take down the structure.

The building is on part of Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport property known as English Field, which opened in 1929. Firefighters checked to ensure it was empty and blocked the site with barrier tape Saturday evening.

The city bought English Field in 1941 and Amarillo Air Force Base used it for training and hosted its Strategic Air Command B-52 operations starting in 1955. The base closed in 1968.


Information from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com

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