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The World’s Largest Aircraft Hangars

Pilots rely on airplane hangars to house their beloved aircraft. Strength and staying power are crucial in keeping their planes safe and shielded from the elements between flights. We thought it would be fun and amusing to look at some of the largest aircraft hangars in the world. They are, indeed, stunning pieces of engineering.

7. Hangar-7

Hangar-7 aircraft hangar in Salzburg, AustriaA hangar famous throughout Europe, Hangar-7, built in the 1990s is in Salzburg, Austria. Built by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, the 71,832 square-foot structure houses rare and prized planes owned by the Flying Bulls - a group of airplane enthusiasts. Hangar-7 is also home to Restaurant Ikarus, a Michelin-rated high-class restaurant with rotating guest chefs.

6. Spruce Goose Dome

Spruce Goose Dome airplane hangarIf you’ve been to Long Beach, California, you’ve probably seen the iconic Spruce Goose Dome. It housed Hughes Aircraft's H-4 Hercules, affectionately nicknamed the "Spruce Goose" due to it's wooden construction. The H-4 has the largest wingspan of any aircraft ever built, but it was never actually deployed as it wasn't completed until after World War II, for which it was developed. The 75,000-square-foot dome is no longer used to house aircraft, and is now used an event space for The Queen Mary Hotel.

5. Lockheed Air Terminal

Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, California.The 163,344 square-foot Lockheed Air Terminal hangar has been in use since World War II, when netting camouflaged the entire airport to make it look like a rural area to prevent enemy forces from realizing that the military manufactured and stored aircraft there. Formally on site at the Burbank Airport, the complex is now known as Bob Hope Airport.

Boeing Everett Factory

Boeing aircraft factory - Everett, WAUp the Pacific Coast, in Everett, Washington, is the Boeing Everett Factory. It’s technically a production plant rather than a hangar, although the Everett Factory does store aircraft: newly finished, Boeing planes. The absolutely massive structure can be toured as part of the Boeing Factory tour, where the guides will inform you that this 4.3 million square-foot behemoth is also the world's largest free standing structure, earning it honorable mention status on the list.

4. Hangar B

Hangar B at the Naval Air Station in Tillamook, OregonStaying on the west coast of the U.S., you’ll find Hangar B in Oregon. Hangar B, built in 1942 by the U.S. Navy during World War II, housed both airplanes and blimps. Constructed at the Naval Air Station in Tillamook, Oregon, the 317,000 square foot building is still one of the world's largest clear-span wooden structures, and is currently part of the Tillamook Air Museum.

3. Hangar One

Hangar One in Mountain View, California.Located in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, Hangar One formerly housed an airship called the U.S.S. Macon. It opened in 1933 and covers roughly 8 acres, with floor space measuring 348,964 square-feet. Now leased by Google, it even has its own Twitter account.

2. Hangar 375 (Big Texas)

interior of hangar 375Hangar 375, affectionately known as "Big Texas," on San Antonio's Kelly Air Force Base is recognized as the largest active free-standing aircraft hangar in the world at 600,00 square-feet. As an actively used hangar in a US military installation, not much is known to the general public aside from its vast size.

1. Aerium Hangar

Aerium CargoLifter aircraft hangar interiorLocated in Brandenburg Germany, the Aerium hangar was built in the mid 1990s to house the production and storage of the enormous CargoLifter airship, the CL 160. However, due to a multitude of factors, the CL 160 was never actually built. The 851,500 square-foot marvel is now a large resort and waterpark called Tropical Islands, which boasts the “World’s Largest Indoor Rainforest.” Although technically no longer an aircraft hangar, the Aerium still remains the world's largest free-standing hall.

These aircraft hangars are historic, profound, and in many cases tourist sites for people who want to learn more about the history of aircraft, both private and military. In addition to the information above, they are outlined in the table below ranked by size:

 Rank:Hangar:Size (sq. ft):
       1. Aerium Hangar851,500
       2. Hangar 375 (Big Texas)600,000
       3. Hangar One348,964
       4. Hangar B317,000
       5. Lockheed Air Terminal163,000
       6. Spruce Goose Dome73,000
       7. Hangar 771,000
 Boeing Everett (Factory)4,300,000

 

While these hangars are vastly beyond most people’s necessity, it is still crucial to house our own planes in sturdy, weather-resistant hangars to help maintain their value and help keep them in good shape and working order for as long as possible.

Honorable Mention: GDC Technics Hangar

They say everything is better in Texas, and the GDC Technics hangar is no exception. Located in Fort Worth, Texas at the Alliance Airport, the 840,000 sq. ft. hangar was built in 1992 and cost over $90 million dollars to complete. The hangar was first occupied by American Airlines as a maintenance facility for the airline’s fleet and was considered at the time the largest cantilever hangar in the world. In 2014, it was sold to GDC Technics, a world-renowned completion center known for VVIP aircraft interior completions on Boeing and Airbus wide body aircraft at an undisclosed price. The massive hangar holds 6 wide bodies and 4 narrow bodies simultaneously, including a 747-400 if needed. The company provides aircraft services for Heads-of-States and individuals of ultra-high net worth including full interior completions, maintenance, refurbishments, satellite upgrades, live tv installation, surveillance, and defense counter mechanisms.

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2 Responses

  1. Erika

    It is my sons dream to become a pilot one day. He was telling me about aircraft hangars, but I had no idea what they were. This was fun to read about some of the largest ones in the world. I think it would be really neat to see the lockheed air terminal in person!

  2. Bruce

    But what about the Hangar 8 at South African Airways near johannesburg? I was the designer and project manager up to award of the tender and commissioning. It is comprised of two sections each of size 150m wide x 100m deep x 25m high at the doors and have clear span with stackers. It has an engine run-up bay and extensive concrete hardstanding for aircraft parking. This was completed in the mid-1970s.

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