Glossary

Private jet charter aircraft in a hangar

Hangar

A hangar is a closed structure used for parking all kinds of aircraft inside, including large and small charter planes. These structures are designed to protect the aircraft from weathering due to direct sunlight and the elements. They’re generally constructed out of metal, but wood and concrete may also be used.

The History of the Hangar

The Wright brothers created the first documented hangar in 1902. It was constructed to store their glider, known as the Wright Flyer. It was also set up as an area to perform construction and repairs.

As aviation became more popular, military groups began constructing hangars as a place to store their aircraft prior to the First World War. Their hangar designs became popular and started popping up all over the world.

Constructing a Hangar

Hangars come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They’re also constructed from a wide variety of different materials. Some of the more popular materials include:

  • Steel
  • Wood
  • Fabric

The size of a hangar can actually be divided into classes and house anything from small charter planes to commercial airliners. A small hangar spans less than 30 metres in width. A medium hangar spans between 30 and 60 meters. Large hangars run between 60 and 90 meters in width. An extra large hangar is between 90 and 120 meters, and an extra, extra large hangar spans more than 120 meters in width.