BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--When the Air National Guard base opened in Bangor in 1946 pilots were flying fighter planes. Since then the mission of the airmen and women has changed and now they are being recognized as one of the most efficient refueling crews in the nation.
Senator Susan Collins joined other officials at the base to unveil a new aircraft hangar. The expansion has many people excited because only a short time ago the base was being considered for federal budget cut backs.
The hangar will house aircraft used to refuel planes as they fly over seas. It cost 18 million dollars to build.
The old hangar was built in 1954. Officials say the old building has out-lived its usefulness.