A hangar bay is a large room built to store fighters, troop transports, and other equipment that are on board a ship or space station. A hangar bay used to store shuttles or dropships is sometimes referred to as a shuttle bay or launch bay. Almost every Covenant or UNSC ship has a hangar bay. Ships that have the largest hangar bays are usually identified as carriers; such as the Covenant assault carrier, Shadow of Intent. Usually, the hangar bay of a ship is located in the middle or the back of a ship.
How many fighters and troop transports that fit in the hangar bay depends on the size of the bay and the size of the ship or station; for example, a Covenant assault carrier's hangar bay is large enough to fit an entire UNSC frigate, while a UNSC corvette's hangar can only store a small ship such as a SKT-13 Shuttlecraft. The shuttle bays on Covenant CCS-class battlecruisers are large, with multiple levels and enough space to park two Type-28 Troop Carriers, two Type-31 "Seraph" fighters, or eight Type-26 "Banshee" Ground Support Aircraft.
Covenant hangar bays use energy barriers that serve the purpose of separating the pressurized interior of the ship from the vacuum of space, also doubling as energy shields that can prevent ships from entering. Some ships such as Covenant corvettes also possess physical hangar doors in addition to the energy field. By 2552, some UNSC ships and stations also use vacuum-sealing energy fields in their hangar bays. Hangars on some UNSC warships double as cargo bays, being able to lower vehicles or cargo directly to the ground through elevators in the hangar floor.
The interior of a Covenant corvette's shuttle bay, note the Type-31 XMFs hanging from the ceiling.
A hangar on the UNSC Infinity.
List of appearances
- Halo: The Fall of Reach (First appearance)
- Halo: Combat Evolved
- Halo: The Flood
- Halo: First Strike
- Halo 2
- Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
- Halo 3
- Halo: Contact Harvest
- Halo: The Cole Protocol
- Halo Legends
- Halo: Reach
- Halo: Glasslands
- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
- Halo: The Thursday War
- Halo 4
- Halo: Mortal Dictata
- Halo 2: Anniversary
- Hunt the Truth
- Halo 5: Guardians
- ^ Halo: Combat Evolved, campaign level, The Truth and Reconciliation
- ^ Halo 3, campaign level, Floodgate
- ^ a b c Halo 3, campaign level, The Ark
- ^ Halo 3: ODST, campaign level, Prepare To Drop
- ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, page 64
- ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level Long Night of Solace
- ^ Halo: Reach, multiplayer map, Anchor 9