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Update: NASA sitting on offer to save Hangar One

Original post made on Dec 14, 2011

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is among those wondering why NASA headquarters is not responding to a proposal from Google's founders that would not only save the biggest historic landmark in the South Bay, it would save NASA $32.8 million.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 1:48 PM

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Posted by Marti
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Dec 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Thanks Congresswoman Eshoo.... This needs to be done. And thanks Lenny Siegel for spearheading the Save Hangar One committee.... Now the ball is in NASA's court.

Posted by Mr. Nice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 15, 2011 at 12:15 am

Look a gift horse in the mouth!!

Posted by Spaghetti Freddie
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 15, 2011 at 9:30 am

I'm generally skeptical regarding the actions of any national politician, but it seems like Mrs. Eshoo is doing a pretty good job for us. NASA is obviously a bureacratic mess, good for her(and us)for keeping on top of them.

She is also working on that TV commercial/volume bill, which as stupid as it is, may be the smartest thing Congress produces this year.

Posted by rem
a resident of another community
on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

rem is a registered user.


"NASA headquarters finally responded to the proposal on Wednesday (Dec. 14) in an email to the Voice."

"It would be premature to discuss the merits of the proposal until we have had time to thoroughly review the details," said spokesman Michael Cabbage. "It has not yet been completely vetted. We understand the interest and historic nature of the facility and have to weigh that against the reality of constrained resources and use. We are giving all options thoughtful consideration as we prepare our funding proposal for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget."

It time that all the press (TV & Paper)in the Bay area gets to work and save HANGER 1. It is one of only two LARGE hangers in the US. The other big one is at Lakehurst NJ.

I think the "locals" do not care!!!!

Posted by Bill Hough
a resident of another community
on Dec 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Thanks for posting updates on the Google re-skinning proposal. I am disgusted that NASA's sitting on this. We all need to write our congressional reps on this. Following is the text of an email I just sent to Zoe Lofgren and Senators Boxer and Feinstein:

"I am utterly appalled at recent reports that NASA headquarters is not responding to a proposal from Google's founders that would not only save the biggest historic landmark in the South Bay, it would save NASA $32.8 million."

"Up until now, the sticking point in restoring historic Hangar One has been deciding who would pay for installing the new exterior of the Hangar, necessary to replace the toxic material now being removed. There has been a multi-year buck passing exercise between the Navy and NASA, as both agencies try to escape any responsibility for preserving this landmark. If you check with Representative Eshoo's office, you'll discover a strong desire to preserve this

"NASA's inaction sums up what's wrong with government. An offer was made for private funding to re-skin the hangar. Paying for the reskinning was what was the sticking point in the discussions."

"So money comes along, and what does NASA do? Stall, diddle and procrastinate. This is why people hate government."

"Please use the power of your office to encourage NASA to take advantage of this private funding to preserve a historic resource for future generations."

"Thank you."

Posted by SaveIt
a resident of Waverly Park
on Dec 16, 2011 at 8:21 am

Thank you Congresswoman Eshoo for supporting this very generous offer by the Google executives to restore Hangar One. I have no problem with them leasing it for their airplanes. It is my understanding that they already have permission to use the Moffett runways, so allowing them to store their planes in Hangar One in exchange for the paying for the full restoration seems like the best deal on the table right now. What are the other options? Tear it down at a considerable extra taxpayer expense, and lose a local historical site and landmark forever? Let the metal skeleton sit there and rust for years until that too becomes an environmental hazard?

Posted by Antonio Napolero
a resident of Castro City
on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

Am I the only one to think that "Hangar One" looks better without its shell?
It certainly is more interesting architecturally (think "Le Louvre" Pei Pyramid, Reichstag building ...)
How about replacing the original shell with premium grade glass panels mixing the old with the new rather than trying to find a look alike replacement material.
What does everyone think?

Posted by Pilot
a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I am pleasantly astonished of the emails and phone calls from pilots, veterans, and other friends that simply love Hangar One and what it represents. The correspondance is coming from across the country, and Canada, in support of H211's offer. 

If you Google the topic, you will find the recent articles translated into several languages also in support of re-skinning this national treasure.

With sincere gratitude, thank you Ken Ambrose and Anna Eshoo.

NASA Headquarters, please approve H211's proposal as you are contributing to the embarassing debockle of the OMB's decision to not honor our landmarks and the desire of tax paying citizens. 

Posted by Doug Pearson
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

To Antonio Napolero: I think the best option would be to restore the hanger to its original appearance. I agree that it could be better looking with other architectural skinning, but it is an historic building and, as such, it deserves to look like the original design.

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