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Are changes at Moffett on horizon?

Original post made on Dec 12, 2012

Now that the presidential election is over, there's buzz about the federal government finally making a decision about whether to get rid of Moffett Federal Airfield and its icon, Hangar One.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 12:43 PM

Comments (20)

Posted by Laura Macias, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Dec 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

In my final comments last night at the MV City Council meeting, I recommended that the City of Mountain View begin a municipal planning process regarding Moffett Field in support of the nationally acclaimed Moffett Field, Hanger One expert, Lenny Siegel's recs.
We know that whatever happens at Moffett Field affects the City of Mountain View completely. Time to step up.

Posted by Bea Arthur, a resident of Castro City
on Dec 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I think they should tear down everything at moffet, but leave the hangar as a climbing structure. Planet Granite could take over. It would be so much fun.

Posted by James, a resident of North Whisman
on Dec 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm

It's named Moffett, not Moffet.

Posted by Here is an idea, a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Turn it into a burning man type of an event. Put lots of wood on top of it and lets have a bon fire.

Posted by starguy, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Why not turn Moffett into a city-owned commercial spaceport?

Posted by Tina, a resident of North Whisman
on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Thank you, James, I was going to say the same thing!

(From someone who has been proofreading stuff all day)

Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I'm telling you, turn Moffett into a dirt bike track. That would be awesome.

Plus a shooting range. We need more places to practice in the Bay Area.

There's plenty of room out there.

Posted by Le Dude, a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Dec 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

Moffet? This is embarrassing. Does any one at the Voice proofread? There are bone head spelling and grammatical errors in every edition. Fire the editor and get a qualified person in there pronto!

Posted by Jim, a resident of Whisman Station
on Dec 13, 2012 at 10:24 am

What ever happened to the planned redevelopment of Moffett Field?

"An education and research center at Moffett Field proposed by a collaboration of major universities and NASA could be one of Silicon Valley's major work-force generators of the future."
from Web Link

I think SOMETHING needs to be done... why not just sell it to Google, have them tear down the fences and expand their campus onto the base?

Or what about this plan? "Given the scope of the project — 2,000 homes and 1 million square feet of academic and technological space — and its location just north of U.S. Highway 101, the stakes are high." from Web Link

Posted by resident, a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

Here is another plan: It is time to turn the airfield into a profit center. Let's allow UPS, Fedex, DHL and other private cargo airlines to use it unrestricted. The extra flights are no bother and the revenue from landing fees will help NASA's budget. The airfield is needed for national defense and should remain operational and active especially given the lack of active military airfields in the bay area. BTW let's encourage NAS Lemoore to send the F-18's back to do frequent touch and gos. The sound of these high performance jets is music. I'm happy when they fly over my house. They remind everyone that the nation is being taken care of by highly trained pilots.

Posted by Jim, a resident of Whisman Station
on Dec 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

resident, I like your post. Yeah, funny how the only jet sounds we hear are from that Google "experiment" plane.

Posted by Cynic, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Dec 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

I second Jim's question. What DID happen to this $1 billon plan to make Moffett an education and research center?

Web Link

All that planning back in 2009 and they even got an artist rendering of their vision. What the heck was that smoke and mirrors act really about?

Posted by Daniel DeBolt, Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Dec 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Daniel DeBolt is a registered user.

That plan to redevelop the NASA Research Park is not on the same property that NASA is looking to get rid of. It's southwest of the Moffett airfield and Hangar One. There's a lot of vacant Navy buildings there now. But now that the economy is picking up, it is worth asking for an update on it.

Posted by dang, a resident of another community
on Dec 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Hangar One would make an awesome Chick-Fil-A complete with drive thru!

Posted by Rodger, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

The last thing we need is a busy noisy airport at Moffett, it's sad that NASA has turned the area lose but we need to find a good use for this last undeveloped area. Mountain View and Sunnyvale should take over control and develop new housing and new businesses for this area as well as leaving some of the area for a park next to the bay including water front restaurants. Both cities need to develop a plan now, not later when things that we don't want may need be stopped.
Let's find a way.

Posted by resident, a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

a reply to Rodger's post:

A "busy noise airport" means commerce on the march! Economic growth is needed now more than ever. Many people don't view aircraft sound as noise. Those in Monta Loma and other areas near the railroad tracks sleep right through the night even when trains blast their horns. Railroad traffic is also a good sign of economic activity, not noise.

Posted by Kman, a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Obviously some people did not live here when the airplanes where flying overhead every 15 minutes. The house plates on the wall would rattle with the thunderous sounds of a low flying airplane going by. We DO NOT need that anymore. We have San Jose/SF Airport, that is plenty airports in the vicinity. Housing makes a lot more sense.

Posted by Sparty, a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

FFS, comment after comment and not a single person even close to being aware what is already going on there now.

Even worse--the reporter is equally unaware

Posted by Daniel DeBolt, Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Dec 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Daniel DeBolt is a registered user.

If there is something I'm unaware of, I'm all ears. Email me at

Posted by sick of noise, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 28, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Can someone comment on the latest with Moffett? The noise level is incessant and all throughout the day and night. There has to be some restrictions for such loud cargo or helicopters to be flying overhead all night.

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