Our hangars have been designed to allow for flexible storage of all X-Corps aircraft. Regular maintenance and combat repairs can be carried out in the 50-meter facility using the integrated maintenance bay. Flooring grills are used throughout the facility to aid in cleanup, oil and other fluids are collected and filtered for proper disposal. Standard refueling procedures are carried out using shielded fuel storage tanks, allowing us to top off an aircraft without fear of fuel leaks and explosions. In addition to a reinforced outer casing, each tank has a flexible Kevlar internal bladder with fire retardant gel between the bladder and the outer casing.
Each hanger includes a lift platform that raises the aircraft to the surface for take off and landing. While it is possible for our top pilots to perform VTOLs from within the hangar, this is considered an excessive risk and could be impossible for a damaged aircraft. A scissor lift is operated by hydraulic presses located under the facility floor, and a ratcheted safety joint in the scissors keeps the ramp from falling in case of total hydraulic failure. The hangar roof is level with the landing pad on the surface, and retracts along the facility ceiling using recessed tracks. At full extension the lift is flush with the surface and does not damage landing gear during take off and landing. The hangar roof consists of reinforced concrete, and is surfaced to match the surrounding area. While capable of supporting a significant amount of weight, the hangar bay doors might be a potential weak point in our base's defense. Once the lift is flush with the surface, the aircraft can follow standard take-off procedures, using VTOL or the built-in catapult launcher from the surface.
Note: Due to recent hazing of recruits, infrared sensors have been installed along the edge of the lift platform and aimed at the ceiling to detect any objects hanging off the edge of the lift and stop its accent. This is to prevent possible equipment damage or amputation as the lift reaches surface level. Personnel must clear the lift prior to activation.
Edited by Breunor, 23 December 2003 - 05:36 PM.