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HER Number:MDV78177
Name:Hinaidi Aeroplane Shed, Exeter Airfield


A hangar of 1927 design, of a type unusual on United Kingdom airfields. In good condition, and now used for aircraft maintenance.


Grid Reference:SY 004 933
Map Sheet:SY09SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClyst Honiton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HANGAR (World War II to XXI - 1939 AD to 2010 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Francis, P., 1999, Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council, 73 (Report - non-specific). SDV323390.

Hinaidi Aeroplane Shed. This semi-permanent aeroplane shed was designed by the Air Ministry Directorate of Works in 1927 as a quick and cheap hangar for stations overeas. The structure was based on Admiraly Type "F" sheds which already existed at former World War I seaplane bases in the United Kingdom. The basic structural design of the old shed was altered from a side-opening arrangement to one having an opening at either end. Originally built to supplement existing hangars abroad, and in particular Iraq, Hinaidi hangars were also built as aeroploane repair section sheds a a few home stations. Never a common feature on airfields at home, they were erected in larger numbers on non-airfield technical training establishments that were being built during 1938-39. A total of 38 hangars of this type were built on home Royal Air Force stations, of which four were at Chivenor and one at Exeter.
Construction is based on a system of single-latticed wall stanchions spaced at 13 feet 4 inch centres and arranged as 18-bays. These support 100 foot span steel-framed roof trusses consisting of special trusses (with wind bracing) within the bay covering the doors and standard trusses in all other bays. Doors arranged in four leaves open full width along projecting lattice door gantries which are supported by out-riggers. Wall and roof cladding was originally of "Twin Twelve" asbestos sheeting except for a continuous wired glass glazing strip running along each side wall.
New used for fleet aircraft maintenance by Jersey European Engineering. The main modifications are:
1. The two central doors at either end have been increased in height to accommodate modern airliners. Door gantries have also been modified.
2. The annexe along the north facing side wall was built after 1982.
3. The building now features modern wall cladding.
Clear height 23 feet, clear span 100 feet, clear length 239 feet 6 inches.
In good condition. Other details: Map 6; Site 216.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323390Report - non-specific: Francis, P.. 1999. Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council. Airfield Research Publishing Report. Digital + A4. 73.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #105086 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV48842Part of: Exeter Airfield (Military) (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4774 - Historic Airport Survey, Exeter Airport

Date Last Edited:Mar 13 2020 8:20AM