Seventeen stories high, over 1,000 feet long and 300 feet wide, the hangars were, and still are, two of the largest wooden structures ever built. Designing and building the two structures in 1942, during wartime, on a hyper-accelerated schedule, and with a nearly all-wood design, is what earned the hangars their 1993 listing by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the
Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks of the 20th Century.
The hangars have been featured in prominent television shows and films, including
The X Files,
Pearl Harbor, and
Star Trek. They have also been featured in several major car commercials.