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A hangar is a closed structure to hold aircraft and/or spacecraft in protective storage. Most hangars are built of metal, but other materials such as wood and concrete are also sometimes used. The word hangar comes from Middle French hanghart (“enclosure near a house”), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *haimgard (“fence around a group of houses”), from *haim (“home, village, hamlet”) + *gard (“yard”)."

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 satellite or spyplane.

Aircraft storage halls on aircraft carriers and ships are also known as hangars.

History

Carl Richard Nyberg used a hangar to store his Flugan in the 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.

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...
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