hangar queen

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hangar queen (plural hangar queens)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.