Hangar becomes listed building

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AN ALUMINIUM aircraft hangar in which the successful but ill-fated Comet airliner was tested has been made a Grade II listed building of historic and architectural interest, it was announced yesterday.

The Flight Test Hangar at the former de Havilland Aircraft works at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, was built in 1952 to house the world's first commercial jet airliner.

Heritage minister Alan Howarth said the hangar, once known as the "Comet Hangar" and now owned by British Aerospace, was of an "elegant and structurally innovative design" which represented "a significant milestone in the use of aluminium as a building material". Measuring 200ft by 300ft the hangar was for some time the biggest aluminium building in the world.