Like a Phoenix, Dulles Jet Center Rises from Wreckage
Less than two years after the collapse of three of its four hangars during a heavy snowstorm, the Dulles Jet Center (DJC) reopened today with two new hangars. Once construction of an additional pair of hangars is completed next month, the facility will have a total of 160,000 sq ft of heated hangar and workshop space. The newly built structures also include pilot lounges and office space. According to DJC owner Nathan Landow, the facility already has 12 business jet tenants and he expects the remaining space to fill quickly. Early on Feb. 6, 2010, after a blizzard blanketed the Washington, D.C. area, the roofs of three of the complex’s hangars collapsed, damaging or destroying 15 business jets and turboprops that were stored inside and trapping another four business jets in the remaining hangar until it could be stabilized. A team of salvage experts was brought in to protect the damaged aircraft as the collapsed hangars were carefully dismantled around them. The insurance industry eventually paid out approximately a quarter-billion dollars in replacement and repair claims, which included the write-offs of several Bombardier Globals, among others. Some industry legal actions stemming from the collapse are still ongoing.