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Historic "cork room" slated for demolition soon inside Hangar One

Original post made on Jun 11, 2010

Any day now one of the last unique artifacts of the pre WWII airship era is set to be destroyed -- a building inside Moffett Field's Hangar One known as the "cork room."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 11, 2010, 1:55 PM

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Posted by rem
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Save the darn room.

Will somebody in this area please stand up and YELL - SAVE IT>>>

NASA and our Congresstional delagation does NOT CARE


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Posted by MIke Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm

My crazy idea for saving the hangar: Offer to let The Mythbusters buy it to use as their new shop and experimental area. They've used it on more than one episode. And they probably can afford to buy it with the success of the program.


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Posted by Steve Williams
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm

More on the history of the Cork Room and the effort to save it, with photos:

Web Link


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Posted by Dominick
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Hydogen? I thought our dirigibles used Helium, which we had monopoly on. The Germans did not have access to Helium and used Hydrogen hence the tragedy of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst.


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Posted by Lucky
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 11, 2010 at 11:02 pm

The Eiffel tower stands at 324 metres or 1063 ft including its TV mast.

Hanger One - 1,133-feet-long

Worth saving.


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Posted by James Bond
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Hi folks,
I have to agree with the vets that did not understand the reason for the demolition of the cork room. Normally a historic building is only knocked down because it is unsafe and there are no funds to repair it. Next thing they will want to knock the hangar down.
If you want to see more on modern airships, past, present and future see: www.airshipblimp.com or if you just want a helium sniffing laugh try www.airship.me the worlds only lighter than air comedy site, with lots of funny pictures and U tube links fit for all the family.
Regards Bond, James Bond.
(Skyship blimp pilot in a View to a Kill)


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Posted by John the Man
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2010 at 7:25 am

If you want to save it, please feel free to pay for it yourself. No one will stop you.

Maybe you haven't heard, but there are other slightly more pressing economic and societal needs for public funds right now.


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Posted by Mike Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

So, Lucky, are you suggesting the hangar be not just preserved, but stood on its end?


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Posted by Lucky
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Why not, unbolt the hanger and reassemble it into a magnificent tower of wonderfulness.
You could have the Google bar at the top.

Better that than selling the steel to the Chinese.


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Posted by fyuahgasdf
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I don't understand the fascination with the hanger. Why?


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Posted by CC
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Save the hanger as it being the the last one in the U.S. , make a high tech mesuem out of it. Bay Area need to be more diversified in different area of business.


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Posted by Mike Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm

fyuahgasdf, it's big and old and a little bit historic. In all seriousness, though, I agree with John the Man. We need to realize we have a weak economy and huge financial problems at every level of government. We can't just spend public money on every project we think is cool.


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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

"It's the only physical evidence of the USS Macon/Lighter-Than-Air era, which was the purpose for constructing the hangar in the first place."

Well, doesn't that make the hanger physical evidence of the USS Macon/Lighter-Than-Air era?


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Posted by Seer
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 15, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Get rid of the entire ugly mess. The obsession with the past is destroying our future. Want it preserved? Take some pictures!


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Posted by The Eye
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

"Posted by Seer, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, 18 hours ago
Get rid of the entire ugly mess. The obsession with the past is destroying our future. Want it preserved? Take some pictures!"

Seer, you are too blind (and probably too young) to appreciate the history involved here. Kindly go back to playing with your smart phone, and let the adults here talk in peace.


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Posted by aviationFan
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Speaking as someone with a passion for aviation history, and who works about 30 yards from Hangar 1, I'm not sure I agree that the cork room is the only physical evidence of the Macon and the LTA era. While it may be the most historically significant room in the hangar, I would like to believe the hangar itself is probably more important. Having said that, if indeed the room needs to be destroyed or can't be decontaminated at a reasonable cost, I'd like to see a replica at the Hiller museum become an LTA exhibit filled with Macon/LTA/Sparrow artifacts and photos... always thought the Macon exhibit there was kind of underwhelming. Just my .02


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Posted by Seer
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

Thank you, Eye, for pointing out that you have no good response to my argument, and have to attack ME instead. You made my point for me. There are so many crying needs in our communities for things that help ensure the future that it makes no sense to waste money on preserving the past just to please a few people who won't be around much longer to go visit them. OK, how did that feel?

Oh, and by the way, you guessed my age wrong, probably by 30 years too low.


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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm

USA is a registered user.

A storage room for gas bags -- sounds like the Capitol building.


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Posted by Bill Crawford
a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm

You say you want comments: As a long time MV Resident , teacher, City employee ( cop) you apparently didn't want mine , cause you chose not to print it.

Don't demolish the cork room. It's a part of Moffett's history. Why save the shell and demolish the guts?

I'm using my REAL name! How come you're not printing it?


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Posted by BOBBY
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

It could be turned into a nightclub or retail. There is surely a way to preserve the cork room and the hangar and make a buck.

The navy and nasa are too stupid to find a way to maximize the value of its historical assets.

A creative business person could make the place into a gold mine.


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