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on May 20, 2013
This seems like a positive development to me!
Sounds like the only that can screw this up now the City and RAB.
happy to see a possible way forward to keep the hangar and have it be used.
Does anyone know how much has been spent on Hangar One discussions, IE reports, consultants, community mailings, meetings etc etc etc? RAB probably could have restored the Hangar 3x over by now. It's been 10 years!!! Web Link) your tax dollars at work....
Hope this time something works out, sad to see the Hangar sitting there like a big bird cage.
I don't understand why it would cost over $30 million to re-skin the hangar. The structure is already there. Presumably some infrastructure (water, electricity) is already there. All you need is insulation, wiring, and sheet metal, and a crew to install it. For $30 million??
I can see if you wanted to add multi-story internal floors and offices it may cost more, but still, $30 million? That number sounds more like a bid for a government contract than an actual commercial cost.
The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is located on the former grounds of Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. The museum, which opened in 1994, is housed in the 40,000 sq ft Hangar #1 built in 1939. Wikipedia:
And at 1/10th the cost, too!
Yes, that is a BUFF sitting just outside the main entrance....
Yes! An air and space museum would be such a gift to this area! I think back to the day the retired shuttle flew by - tons of people turned out just to glimpse a piece of history fly by.
I think the structure would look great with some sort of glass/transparent siding to add interior light. It looks interesting right now with its metal skeletal structure.
"Someone who is going to attempt to fly 80 million flights a year, it won't work"
80 million flights per year would be almost 3 flights per second. Nobody has ever proposed numbers even remotely close to that even if they were very pro-aviation. San Jose has about 134,000 flights per year.
Are you all suffering from lack of oxygen? Maybe you've actually been standing in Hangar One and the TCE plume is getting to you finally.
Hangar One is gone. A skeleton remains in its place. Eventually that will be gone too. Either by demolition or gravity.
No one is going to build office space INSIDE a hangar. We want to work in areas with WINDOWS to the outside.
And no one is going to install glass over the skeleton. Besides being a waste of money it really wouldn't be Hangar One anymore, which is the whole point right?
On top of all that the Hangar is in a terrible place for business. An abandonded airfield is far from desirable.
1. Reskin it.
2. Build a flying full size replica of the Macon or Akron inside, with passenger provisions a la the Hindenburg, using Zeppelin NT technology.
3. Bring Airship Ventures back to run and fly it.
4. Offer sightseeing tours around California, possibly cruises to Hawaii or Nova Scotia or Baja California.
5. Make bajillions.
I want the number of flights a year to be limited to about 3 to 3 thousand, 24 thousands will not be acceptable to those of us living near the airport. A good use would be for Google to restore the massive hanger for a place to park their airplanes and to reserve some of the space for a Moffett Field history museum and perhaps related activities.
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