Toowoomba's largest hangar to revive historic aircraft

Matt Garry from Kingsthorpe's Bettabuilt is constructing a super-sized hangar in Spitfire St.
Matt Garry from Kingsthorpe's Bettabuilt is constructing a super-sized hangar in Spitfire St. Nev Madsen

A KINGSTHORPE company is building a super-sized hangar capable of housing two Caribou aircraft side-by-side with room to move.

The $1.2 million hangar will be the largest at the Toowoomba Airport.

Bettabuilt managing director Matt Garry said the hangar had been specifically designed for an Australian company to restore and maintain decommissioned army Caribous.

The company will also store 20 shipping containers filled with parts in the massive structure.

"The specific design of the hangar caters to the Caribou," Mr Garry said.

"The mezzanine level will be capable of (holding) five tonnes per square metre."

Construction of the Spitfire St hangar began three weeks ago and is expected to be completed within eight to nine weeks.

When finished, the hangar will measure 46 metres wide by 26m deep and 12.85m high.

Although it is the largest structure at the Toowoomba Airport, the hangar is not the biggest that Betterbuilt has constructed.

The company started in 2003 and has constructed specifically designed hangars, using a patented curved roof-line structure, around Australia.

Bettabuilt designs, manufactures parts in Kingsthorpe and also constructs the final product.

Mr Garry said the company had expanded into the American market and is currently negotiating a contract with the owners of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).

"We would be the only specialised aircraft hangar manufacturer in the world," he said.



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