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hangar n : a large structure at an airport where aircraft can be stored and maintained [syn: airdock, repair shed]

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  1. A large garage like structure where aircraft are kept.
    The plane taxied on over to the hangar for repairs.


  • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 9
    By the side of it ran an open hangar upheld by a score of rough tarred posts.


a large garage like structure where aircraft are kept

Usage notes

Not to be confused with “hanger” (a device for hanging).



  1. hangar, a garage like building for aircraft.

Extensive Definition

A hangar is an enclosed structure designed to hold aircraft in protective storage. Most modern hangars are built of metal, but wood and concrete are other materials commonly used. The word hangar comes from a northern French dialect, and means "cattle pen."
Hangars protect aircraft from weather and ultraviolet light. Hangars may be used as an enclosed repair shop or, in some cases, an assembly area. Additionally, hangars keep secret aircraft hidden from satellites or spyplanes.
Aircraft storage halls on carriers are also known as hangars.


Carl Rickard Nyberg used a hangar to store his Flugan in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
In 1909, Louis Bleriot crash-landed on a northern French farm in Les Baraques (between Sangatte and Calais) and rolled his monoplane into the farmer's cattle pen. At the time, Bleriot was in a race to be the first man to cross the English Channel in a heavier-than-air aircraft, so he set up headquarters in the unused shed. After returning home, Bleriot called REIDsteel, the maker of the cattle pen, and ordered three "hangars" for personal use. REIDsteel continues to make hangars and hangar parts.
The Wright brothers stored and repaired their airplane in a wooden hangar they constructed in 1902 at Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina for their glider. After completing design and construction of the Wright Flyer in Ohio, the brothers returned to Kill Devil Hill only to find their hangar damaged. They repaired the structure and constructed a new workshop while they waited for the Flyer to be shipped.
One of the largest hangars built was for the former Soviet Air Force. It has now been converted to house a rain forest. Other notable large hangars are Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand measuring 885x295x115 feet, NAS Sunnyvale in the United States measuring 1,133x308x198 feet and the Filton Aerodrome in England measuring 1,155x115x263 feet.

Airship hangar


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