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on Feb 14, 2011
I'd love to see if it can really be done, as long as it can be done affordably. I'd be a shame to see it go, as it's been there all my life.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Save this hanger as it has so much historic value and lots of future potential. Step up private business, especially Google, as well as others. It would be easy for a few to give enough to get the project done. It is an opportunity to do something good for the future.
Ames will lose 12 jobs but gain $32.8M to save the hangar. Sounds like a net gain of jobs.
I would love to see Hanger 1 saved. Before I moved to Mountain View, that hanger was all I knew of the area.
Now, here is a puzzler: for about the same money, we could save Caltrain. Thousands of people ride Caltrain every day (not me, but I benefit from those who ride it not being on the road). So, which is a better use of our money?
Not that this is an either/or situation, but I'd put $30M into Caltrain before I'd put it into Hanger One.
As I understand it, the problem with Google etc, putting money into restoration and thus hoping to use the facilities, is that due to it being a military installation, if there is any hint of a national or local threat, civilians would be shut out (and evacuated) for as long as the Brass deemed necessary. That would put a big Bummer into investing lots of money only to be told you can't use the facility. And we all know how sloooooow the guv'ment moves!
How could we run a world expo at Moffett if they could take-it-back at any time? Is that the arrangement between NASA and the military?
Waste of money.
I'll say it again:
Colorado saved their military installation, and the hangers were no where near the size or as famous as Hangar One!
Wings over the Rockies is supported by local businesses.
The history of Moffett Field in the SFBA is important enough for every major manufacturer to kick in some money; GTE and Ford Aerospace along with Lockheed Martin are just a few of the many companies who benefited from Moffett Field. This was before the Johnny come lately types like the fat cats who cut a sweet deal to base their GA craft there.
Maybe a little bit of investigative work on those deals is in order.
Is that 12 jobs in addition to all the expiring ARRA jobs, or 12 jobs total? returning to 2008 levels is not unreasonable, as the stimulus that grew the contractor workforce over the past two years was intended as temporary shot in the arm to help the economy get through the worst... never intended to be a permanent increase in NASA payroll. As far as CalTrain vs Hangar One? Unless a business case can be made for Hangar One, that is a good question to pose... However, if a good business case can be made, it would look favorable by comparison, as CalTrain is a perpetual money sink (as are most other mass transit systems). Unfortunately, there just aren't enough people interested in riding Caltrain to make it pay for itself... driving is just so much more convenient for most.
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