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on Sep 20, 2011
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Other ststes do a better job at preserving their history. I've mentioned " Wings over the Rockies " as a close example of what can be done with former hangars.
The real irony; a commercial lighter than air company could lease the space or Hangar One could be the jewel in any World's Fair type exhibition.
Hanger One reminds me of the song " Big Yellow Taxi ":
" You pave paradise and put up a parking lot ".
Hangar One should have Landmark status...after all it IS a landmark for the South Bay and one of the first things you see that is unique to the SFBA...
We are in a severe financial crisis. The Federal and state governments are out of money to pay for basic programs.
The hangar is cool-looking and it is somewhat historical, although it didn't play any major military role or anything like that.
We actually have a commercial airship hosted at Moffett and they chose not to use Hangar One.
2400 signatures is nothing. I could go to a concert at Shoreline and get 2400 signatures to ban dihydrogen monoxide. This is a ridiculous idea. That money needs to be put to a better purpose.
Charles Lindberg, then Chairman of the NACA recommended to Congress that a second national research center be located at Moffett Field. The reason Lindberg chose the site was that the Hangar and Airfield were the perfect place to locate the second site, far from German Bombers. No huge obvious Hangar, No NASA Ames, No Silicon Valley. Truth is, Hangar One is the original garage that gave birth to Silicon Valley. There is no accident that instrumentation developed in the valley served government programs, or that the Fairchild plume sits under the base, ... IBM disk drive... microcomputers....Silicon Graphics next door. Hangar One, is a National Historic Site, because it gave birth to NASA's greatest spinoff, our Valley. Besides, if we are prudent tax payers and do the numbers, we will also find, its cheaper to keep her. Sustainability, means being prudent to the environment, our backyard, and finances.
Either way, it's too late, with the peeling off of the skin degradation of the frame has already begun.
It ain't over until the fat building sinks! Funny how 15x as much money just gets tossed into Solyndra's bucket and no one said a word. Save this beautiful piece of LOCAL, REGIONAL and NATIONAL history.
Truth, your historical narrative loosely connected some dots between the establishment of a research center at Moffett with the birth of Silicon Valley. It wasn't clear what the building of the airship hangar had to do with the research center.
SaveIt, that a bunch of taxpayer money was lost on Solyndra, an investment that I would have definitely said a word against if you had asked me, gives more reason not to spend money on the hangar, not less.
So, the hangar was built in 1931. The Macon was lost in 1935. The Lindberg story happened in 1939. So, the hangar and the airship had nothing to do with the Lindberg and the research center.
You want to save this toxic, outdated facility during this economic crisis? Fine, pay for it yourselves; don't make poor working Americans pay for this useless project.
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