Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Curtiss-Wright Hangar
Historic Columbia’s popular Behind-the-Scenes Tour, presented by 2nd Wind Heating & Air Conditioning returns for an exclusive sneak peek inside the renovated circa-1929 Curtiss-Wright Hangar | Jim Hamilton – L.B. Owens Airport from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. Guests will be the first to tour the renovated and restored hangar and will view the brewing equipment before it officially goes into production when Hunter-Gather Brewery opens to the public. The tour will explore the history of the hangar, plans for adaptive reuse as a brew pub and comments from Hunter Gatherer owner Kevin Varner about his brewing process and equipment. Managing the work for the future brewery, Buchanan Construction will be on-site to answer questions relating to the project. Guests will also tour The Hangar Lofts, a nearby adaptive use project of a former hangar. Owner Joab Dick, has transformed this once abandoned hangar into seven uniquely designed lofts. Drinks and light refreshments are included.
Additionally, a B-25B Mitchell bomber, the same type of airplane used by the famous Doolittle Raiders will be on display! The restoration of this historic plane, nicknamed “Skunky,” was made possible through support from the Richland County Conservation Commission.
Tickets are SOLD OUT!
History of the Curtiss-Wright Hangar
The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was the first building erected at Owens Field, an historic site that represents the contributions of air transportation to Columbia and South Carolina. First used to house airplanes for passenger and airmail services, this landmark building was used later as space for the civilian flight training program and finally for general aircraft maintenance. During the 1930s, Owens Field had the distinction of hosting many well-known aviators and personalities, including Amelia Earhart and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The hangar is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the historic hangar is poised to become the home of a new Hunter Gatherer Brewery.
Historic Columbia Behind the Scenes Tours are presented by:
Beverage and appetizers are sponsored by: