hangar queen (plural hangar queens)
- (idiomatic, slang, military, aviation) A grounded aircraft which is kept so that its parts can be used in other aircraft.
- 1944 Jan. 10, "‘Hangar Queen’," Time (retrieved 12 July 2008):
- In the Air Forces, "Hangar Queen" is not a proud title. It refers to any grounded plane which is being systematically "cannibalized" (stripped of its parts) so that other planes may fly.
- (idiomatic, slang, aviation) An aircraft which requires a great deal of regular maintenance and has an unfavorable ratio of maintenance time to flight time.
- 2011 Oct. 30, Mark M. Miller, "Second thoughts about the F-35," Toronto Star (Canada), p. A19 (retrieved 30 Oct 2011):
- [T]he F-35 . . . was not only meant to be an affordable fifth-generation fighter-bomber for the U.S. and her allies, but also to have lower maintenance costs than aircraft now in service. These claims may also turn out to be inaccurate, with the F-35 a potential hanger-queen like the F-22 Raptor.
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