Clear Span Aircraft Hangars for the Military Industry

Clear Span Aircraft HangarsBig Top’s clear span aircraft hangars are versatile solutions for the military industry. They can be erected in nearly any terrain, are energy efficient, and offer superior protection for aircraft and personnel alike. Indeed, the advantages of our fabric structures are numerous.

Versatile Deployments

Our clear span aircraft hangars can be anchored to nearly anything, not just a concrete pad, and can be installed directly on the flight line to ensure mission readiness. They can be deployed nearly anywhere in the world, and they can be assembled quickly (especially compared to traditional T-hangars) at a rate of 2,500 square feet per day.

Energy Efficiency

The hallmark feature of Big Top’s clear span aircraft hangars is the fabric roof, which is made with a translucent material that allows sunlight to flood the interior. While in operation during daytime hours, our fabric hangars and sunshades require no artificial lighting, helping to keep energy usage at a minimum. Maintenance crews will have plenty of light to perform their duties, and they will be comfortable doing so as the fabric roof also helps to keep the interior at a pleasant temperature that is, on average, 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the outside temperature, thus eliminating the need for climate control.

Superior Protection

The fabric roof of our clear span aircraft hangars, in fact, offers exceptional thermal protection for personnel and equipment by reflecting up to 99.95% of UV-A and UV-B radiation. This extraordinary benefit goes a long way toward maximizing the lifespan of aircraft electronics and paint jobs. It also keeps personnel out of direct exposure to the sun, allowing them to perform their duties safely and comfortably.

Custom Sizes

Big Top’s flight line sun protection shelters (FSPS) can be designed for nearly any size to accommodate various military applications. They can be simple sunshades to protect single aircraft, or they can be large hangars measuring up to 80 feet high and 174 feet wide to house an entire fleet.

Long-Lasting Performance

Though our clear span aircraft hangars are temporary buildings, they are designed for long-term applications. The industrial-strength galvanized steel frame and rip-resistant fabric will hold strong in nearly any type of weather, and they can be engineered for heavy wind and snow loads. Additionally, our fabric structures are NFPA701 flame retardant and can last for several decades with proper maintenance.


When military operations change or relocate, Big Top’s clear span aircraft hangars can keep pace. They can be moved intact around the base with a crane, and they can be disassembled and shipped for deployment in a new location. This makes them ideal for use as regionally based cluster pre-position (RBCP) kits in agile combat employment (ACE) applications.

Designed for the Military

Big Top’s clear span aircraft hangars and sunshades are compliant with U.S Air Force Sunshade Management (AFSM), Air Force Instruction (AFI), and International Building Code as approved by the USACE. They are also Berry Amendment compliant for military use.

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For more information about the advantages our clear span aircraft hangars provide for military application, contact Big Top Fabric Structures today.

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