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Navy's plan for Hangar One slammed

Original post made on Jun 20, 2009

Frustration with the Navy's plan to leave Moffett Field's iconic Hangar One as a bare skeletal frame reached a boiling point at last week's Restoration Advisory Board meeting.

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Posted by bb
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 20, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I had to laugh.

We're willing to pay $15-30 million to keep a hangar?

I could see if it's been around for hundreds of years, but please, raze it and save our tax dollars...

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Posted by gc
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm

People who have never been inside Hanger 1 should not comment without knowing its past. Just as we save old houses and historical landmarks, Hanger 1 significant value and is a technological marvel. I first saw the hanger when they offered balloon rides inside. And you had your choice of three full sized balloons. The structure is truly unique and can be a good asset for the area. ie. Space camp, NASA displays

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Posted by Karen
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

Why doesn't Google just donate the money to reskin it and then slap a big Google logo on it. Visible to everyone landing at SFO!

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Posted by Seer
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm

I think that the message we're getting from our economy is to learn to focus on what matters. For most people, that is the future, not the past. Yes, it's great to learn from the past, but we can do that with history books and museums. This may be history, but it is no more so for some than say, Foster's Freeze, which is mouldering on El Camino despite being the teen hangout of many residents. Ultimately, we all want a beautiful, safe, enjoyable, economically viable Mountain View. Does the hangar contribute to any of these needs? No, and in fact it detracts from them by diverting the community's energy and money from creating the future we want by spending it on making some people who cling to the past happy. If this was such a good idea, it would already have come to pass because the citizens of Mountain View would have made it a priority. Instead, our future is being held hostage by a tiny, vocal minority that doesn't have our best interests at heart.

As an example, would you rather have the Stevens Creek Trail be completed - a trail that thousands use and enjoy - or would you like to keep a landmark that most of us have never been in and never will?

It's time to make some choices since we clearly can't live the lives of spoiled children as we have in the past, having our cake and eating it too. Let's focus on what matters.

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Posted by kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 24, 2009 at 9:46 pm

- The Navy has spent a boatload (no pun intended) of money over the past few years dragging their feet on this project. This is the outcome they were planning for all along, hopefully they will not get away with it.

- Note to Seer who compares a run-down Fosters Freeze on El Camino to Hangar One, you need to visit the Moffett History Museum.

- Are the Google founders still using Moffett as their own private airfield? That privilege should be worth at least 15-20M.

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Posted by Jimmy
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 24, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Yes!!! Google is using Moffett Field as their own private airfield.

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Posted by Katherine
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 15, 2009 at 2:43 pm

The hangar is a major landmark for us - like San Francisco's Golden Gate. Every time I fly home, it is great to see that welcoming sight. I'm very frustrated by the Navy - we keep trying to come up with solutions, none of them that they want to entertain...

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