hangar queen

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Noun1.hangar queen - an airplane with a bad maintenance record
aeroplane, airplane, plane - an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets; "the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"
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My war bird was no hangar queen, so preflight, man-up and poststart checks went smoothly.
We've looked at the depots and found they have not just gotten better, but by reducing the number of C-17s as an example in the queue, they have essentially provided to our Air Force additional aircraft that used to be called hangar queens.
Before long, we had taken two helicopters that once were ugly shells and looked like hangar queens, and had turned them into something that more resembled high-performance fighting machines.