Posted by Truth, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:24 am
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.
Posted by SaveIt, a resident of the The Crossings neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm
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.
Posted by Mike Laursen, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Sep 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm
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.