The Wright Brothers test fly their aircraft
The Wright Brothers test fly their aircraft on Fort Myer's parade field.

Since the Wright brothers first flight in Kitty Hawk in December of 1903, our nation has enjoyed aviation and flying for recreation as well as a means of transportation.  And since those early days, aviators have stored their aircraft in hangars.  Protected from the elements, early hangars were mere sheds, not the steel airplane hangars we see today.

It’s no coincidence that the early hangars looked like simple sheds. The word sprung up in the mid-1800s from the French word hangar, which, in fact, meant shed.

A wooden airplane hangar, not a steel airplane hangar
Wright Flyer and Hangar ~1903

Today’s hangars provide much more than shelter from a storm.  Aviators now enjoy well-appointed offices for business and flight planning as well as spaces for entertaining friends and colleagues.  To take this one step further, some plane owners build their hangar adjacent to their homes.  See this in one of our featured projects:  Heaven’s Landing

Steel Airplane Hangar - Allen Airways Image
Barn Hanger - Allen Airways Flying Museum, El Cajon, CA
Image-FlyingMagAllenAirways-San Diego Lounge

As Flying magazine points out, “airplane owners turn” their hangars “into the ultimate hangouts.” (Flying Magazine)

Pictured above is a large “barn hangar” that serves as a venue, including a lounge and bar area as well as a surround-sound theatre.  Even the floors are unique.  They were “constructed with freshly poured concrete that was acid stained to ­imitate a worn-out flight jacket. The effect is stunning, and the flooring reflects airplanes beautifully.”

Article author Pia Bergqvist goes on to share another custom design by Cary Wilson of Houston, Texas.  Cary drew out his own design “on a sheet of paper” and “then located a contractor to build the structure.”  Premier Building Systems often receives these idea drawings (on napkins, etc.) and we get started on helping our customers reach their dreams.

Cary installed doors on both sides of the building, allowing him to taxi in on one side and out on the other.  Custom furniture, personal touches such as his motorcycle collection (see below) and a 600 square foot apartment make this the ultimate metal hangar and hangout.

Steel Airplane Hanger
Custom Red-iron Steel Airplane Hangar.

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