A New Spin On Hangar As Hangout

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It keeps the rain off your airplane, there's an old sofa next to the workbench and the secondhand fridge keeps the soda cold, so your hangar is a pretty cool place to hang out in, right? Now, imagine you're a billionaire with a few stray millions -- say, $20 million or so -- to spend on your own private hangar in Scottsdale, Ariz. So far, the plans include an exclusive 40-seat restaurant with runway views, a rooftop barbecue area, elevators, space for up to 15 aircraft in two hangars, indoor parking for lots of cars, and high-tech security systems, all on five acres at Scottsdale Airpark. Bennett Dorrance, an heir to the Campbell Soup fortune, is a 5,000-hour pilot. He plans to allow "members" to join his "aviation club," but exactly how that will work -- fees, who can join and how, etc. -- he hasn't said. The Phoenix Business Journal took a tour of the construction site, and reported that the design of the place will be a head-turner, "even for Scottsdale." Watch for this: "The most visual piece of its architecture will be a 108-foot-long sculpture that resembles a paper airplane, installed above one of the hangars."