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News - December 10, 2010

Moffett will house world's largest airship

by Daniel DeBolt

NASA Ames Research Center announced an agreement on Wednesday to house what is said to be the world's largest airship in Moffett Field's Hangar Two.

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Posted by Misprint?, a resident of Castro City
on Dec 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm

"80-miles-per-hour"? Was that supposed to be 800-miles-per-hour? Is biodiesel that lame, or is it your proofreading skills?

Posted by Mike Laursen, a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

I'm sure it's 80. I don't see how you could make a enormous bag full of gas move at 800 miles per hour.

Too bad none of the airship companies want to keep their airships in Hangar One. I can understand why they wouldn't want to get mixed up with all its maintenance issues, though.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Jackson Park
on Dec 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm

"80-miles-per-hour"? Was that supposed to be 800-miles-per-hour?"

He said AIRship, not spaceship. ;-)

Posted by Steve, a resident of Jackson Park
on Dec 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

reply to Mike Laursen -

There's a lot of buildings and structures near the opening ends of Hangar-1, potential hazards the airship could strike that weren't there so many decades ago when it was used for the Macon. Hangar-2 has LOTS of open hardtop space at either end, both lengthwise and laterally, and so is a more ideal location for their operations, especially on some of the breezy days I've seen them fly.

I'd rather see Hangar-1 cleaned up and then turned into an aviation museum, Smithsonian-style, with aircraft displayed on the deck AND suspended above in sumulated flight...Wouldn't that be awesome?

Posted by Mike Laursen, a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Steve, interesting. I wasn't aware that the space around Hangar 1 had changed over the decades.

It would be awesome if Hangar One could become an aviation museum. The Hiller Air Museum would be perfect. I suppose they'd need about 25 times their current endowment, though.

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