Constructed by Seabees in 1945, this "bombproof" building, with walls about five feet thick, was positioned to be the command/control center for Sand Island's runways. After the war, Pan American Airways located their offices in this building until they left in 1947. The building is closed.
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During the breeding season, tropicbirds form a group of 2-20 birds and fly around one another, swinging their tail streamers from side to side for several minutes to attract the female bird. Their courtship displays are complex and consist of flying backwards, vertically, and in large, vertical circles.