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San Antonio: 15 years and counting

Don Cedillo, a C-17 structures mechanic, works on a C-17

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Don Cedillo, a C-17 structures mechanic, works on a C-17.

It’s been 15 years since Boeing first opened its hangar doors in San Antonio and it’s been busy ever since. Established at the retired Kelly Air Force Base Air Logistics Center, the facility, which is the largest free-standing, high-bay aircraft hangar in the world, provides aircraft maintenance and modification to both defense and commercial aircraft.

“We repair whatever we find wrong, and we do home station checks, which are kind of a comprehensive check all over the aircraft, everything from checking cables to checking the flight controls,” said Karl Sovokoplas, a C-17 team lead for military sales.

The site’s first aircraft was the C-17 Globemaster III, and in 2011 the first commercial aircraft arrived in San Antonio. Today, the San Antonio facility has anywhere from 20 to 26 aircraft in for maintenance.

“Our highly skilled employees ensure the availability of a variety of large military and commercial aircraft, and we continue to compete for new maintenance, repair and overhaul opportunities,” said Kevin Devine, San Antonio site executive.

Jose Leal, a C-17 operations manager said he enjoys the diversity of work the site brings. “It says a lot about our site and about our city. The customers have the confidence to bring the work here, whether it's military or commercial, knowing that we’re going to give them a good, safe, quality product every time.”