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Petitioners rally to save Hangar One

Original post made on Aug 11, 2011

Signing their names and writing notes on a petition, hundreds of people around the country are making it clear that Hangar One is an important piece of history to them, even as it is reduced to a bare skeletal frame in an environmental cleanup.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 11, 2011, 11:17 AM

Comments (21)

Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm


-Here is the full link to the petition


Web Link


Posted by Tea Party, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm

$32 million price divided by 226 petition signers is $142K per person. Just send in your checks.


Posted by Moffett Field Veteran, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Built before the Golden Gate Bridge. Served from before WWII to beyond the Cold War. It's a keeper!


Posted by Steve, a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm

268 Signers Now, $119K a piece. Unfortunately my contribution must await my demise, and I doubt NASA and the Navy can wait that long.

Oh that's right, Since I'll need $6,000 a year in extra Medicare if the Repub's get their way that money funds the 20 yr retirement I'd like.

My new proposal: Inundate the joint committee with petitions and such so that Medicare is preserved without adoption of the Ryan Budget option. Then perhaps private funding would be available both for the new skin and a start on an Air & Space Museum.


Posted by Mike, a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm

You can sign all the petitions you like. Congress needs to cut the budget and there's no way they'll pay for this.


Posted by Doug Pearson, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Thanks for the information. I have signed the petition, too.


Posted by Mike, a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm

How ridiculous must we look to the rest of the country petitioning Congress to spend $32 million to restore the hanger for a blimp that crashed 76 years ago.


Posted by Mr. Big, a resident of Jackson Park
on Aug 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

They just squandered away $400 million in FAA taxes, what's another 32 million?

Save it at all costs! The money will be returned in future years with rental fees.

Stop being so short sighted, you have a possible world's fair, UC Campus and Smithsonian Air and Space Museum West that might use it plus NASA.

And, WHEN we do have "The Big One" it will be an invaluable asset for relief efforts since it sits next to 4 large runways.


Posted by Mr. Big, a resident of Jackson Park
on Aug 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm

One more thing... Google... Cough.... Google...


Posted by mike, a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

If the federal government can't fund the restoration maybe Silcon Valley private industry (i.e GS2oogle HP, Yahoo and Intel) can cough up enough to do the job. After all, for one, Google got a sweetheart deal to use Moffett Field for their air operations. It would be a drop in the bucket for them and possibly a tax write-off as well.


Posted by Kadjua, a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Aug 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

The MV city council are all licking their chops at a chance to vote for more high density housing. And another Starbucks.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Why not cover it in solar panels and turn it into a green energy project. Those seem to get government funding easily.


Posted by give it to Google, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Don't the Googlers own their own jet? Just give the hanger to Google to use as their private hanger, on the condition that they repair it first. Sweeten the deal by giving them unlimited access to the airfield. They can rent out space to that zepplin company, too. It's not like this has any future use as a public building, so we may as well privatize it. Problem solved.


Posted by James Hoosac, a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Can some one create another online web site to petition tearing it down? I will sign on to that one. Let's see which one can get more signatures.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of another community
on Aug 13, 2011 at 12:53 am

Links above don't work. Here is the petition:

Web Link


Posted by The Worm, a resident of another community
on Aug 13, 2011 at 7:28 am

I'm sorry...I truly am. NASA would love to take $32 Million from our operating budget to preserve nostalgia, but I'm afraid it is all earmarked for our Muslim Outreach Program. Perhaps if there is a call to take the useless blimp shelter down, the competing budgets may overlap. We'll see... ; )


Posted by jay ravanell, a resident of Whisman Station
on Aug 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm

it would make an excellent location for a naval history meuseum.it would probably be the biggest on the west coast and maybe even attract a tourist or 2??


Posted by Rrobert Bouchet, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

I was living in Alameda when the hangar was conctructed and the Macon was based at Moffett Field.

It would be such a shame to lose thar great big landmark that has been around for some 90 years. another 10 years, or so, it will have been there 100 years.


Posted by kathy, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

From these comments it is clear people just don't 'get' historical preservation. If a structure is not brand spanking new (hey a new mall maybe!) people want nothing to do with it.

Google should look at this an opportunity to do something great fot eh community in the name of historical preservation. They get to use the airfield and have City of MV at their beck and call, it is the least they can do! 32 Million for Google?? A drop in their big bucket of cash.


Posted by Seer Clearly, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

The Golden Gate Bridge is still in service. Hangar one is "hangar"ing around waiting for someone to figure out what to do with it. However there are no doubts about what to do with the land under it: make it the best park the bay area has to offer until its covered by the rising ocean.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Very interesting photos from 1932 showing the construction of the USS Macon Airship at Hangar One:
Web Link


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