The weather that June 2003 day was hot—140 degrees—and about 6,000 troops had packed into a hangar to see the visitors.
It would not only save fuel and money but keep those scarce, high-demand aircraft in the air rather than the hangar.
We spent one more night in the hangar and then we flew back.
1852, "shed for carriages," from French hangar "shed," probably from Middle French hanghart (14c.), perhaps an alteration of Middle Dutch *ham-gaerd "enclosure near a house" [Barnhart], or from Medieval Latin angarium "shed in which horses are shod" [Gamillscheg, Klein]. Sense of "covered shed for airplanes" first recorded in English 1902, from French use in that sense.