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White House may decide Hangar One's fate

Original post made on Feb 13, 2012

"The highest levels" of the federal government are now deciding whether to accept an offer from Google's founders to restore Moffett Field's iconic Hangar One, said NASA Ames administrator Deb Feng on Thursday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 13, 2012, 1:29 PM

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Posted by Mr. Nice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Look a gift horse in the mouth why dont'cha.....

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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Thanks for an informative article on a topic dear to many of us. Let's hope they can work it out soon!

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Posted by LarsinO
a resident of another community
on Feb 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

From one long time Sunnyvale property owner; Dear NASA, please tell your NASA headquarters staff in Washington to get out of the way and stop playing politics with Moffett Field. If anyone knows the story of MCAS El Toro, it is a relevant analogue to Mountain View/Sunnyvale/Moffett Field.
We do not need a 10 year protracted land battle and we cannot afford this as a community!

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I like the idea of building housing on the current airfield site. Maybe be for the housing is built we could have the 2020 World Fair at this site with a few buildings saved for use by the people living in the new housing. Otherwise let Google restore the hanger.

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Posted by Lori
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I would like a road with freeway ramps running through this area to help with the traffic disaster on 101 (both directions) and Shoreline North towards the bay.

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Posted by @Lori
a resident of Jackson Park
on Feb 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm

How will adding a 2mile long road help traffic on 101?

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Posted by chris
a resident of another community
on Feb 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

what about the 129th rescue wing or does anyone even care about their local guard unit. if you shut Moffett Down, then say goodbye to all those dedicated airman that serve their community. I guess housing is more important to the residents of Sunnyvale and Mountain View.

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Posted by dominick
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Some people are forgetting that Moffett is used by Lockheed Martin and Loral to ship satelites out of Mountain View. As most of the birds are being ordered by the Federal Govt. closing the airfield would cost us, the taxpayers, millions more to pay to transport the birds by land to another airfield.Having to add that other cost to their bids night mean that Lockheed Martin and Loral would lose the work and that means loss of jobs and business taxes they pay.

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Posted by Mr. Big
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 14, 2012 at 3:39 am

Save Hanger One and the airfield, the last thing I want to see is another residential neighborhood. I would rather it be used as a hub for FedEx & UPS flights, but that's not my first choice.

Remodel the existing housing but don't add any new units
Save as much open space as possible
Expand the mixed use of the airfield to cover operating expenses
Explore World Expo 2020, UC site, Smithsonian West
Try to get Homeland Defense Dept. to pay some cost as an emergency evacuation airfield and staging area

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Posted by Bill Hough
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2012 at 7:59 am

I appreciate all of the work that Representative Eshoo and her staff have done over the years supporting the South Bay community’s desire to preserve historic Hangar 1 at Moffett Field. It is encouraging to hear that she believes that “The H211 proposal exemplifies this concept and I’m doing everything I can to see that this proposal is adequately evaluated by relevant federal stakeholders.”

I continue to be disturbed, however, at NASA’s refusal to accept the H211 offer to re-skin Hangar 1. NASA’s behavior sums up what’s wrong with government. Previously, paying for the hangar's re-skinning was the sticking point in the discussions. So money comes along, and what does NASA do? Stall, diddle and procrastinate. NASA can’t do the obvious thing and accept H211's offer.

This buck-passing exercise on Hangar 1 has been going on for almost a decade. Both the Navy and NASA have been metaphorically tossing the restoration of the hangar around like a hot potato. Everyone gives lip service to restoring the hangar but nobody wants to pay for it. This is why people hate government.

Enter H211. These wealthy people offer to step up to preserve the hangar, removing the cost argument from the discussion. You’d think that NASA would jump at the chance at free money to make this PR nightmare go away.

But NO, they continue to stonewall. What part of “free” don’t they understand

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a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

The $7m airfield maintenance cost is a trivial amount that can easily be paid from intelligent use the airfield. The myriad uses of the airfield and the primary reason the airfield was originally built more than justify the cost and the value of the airfield is far, far greater than the $7m. The location is ideal for possible military or commercial use in case of emergency and it has few fogged-in days. The 129th rescue wing, local guard unit shipments by Lockheed and Loral of very expensive space and military equipment alone more than justify any cost. Can you imagine the danger, cost, and disruption caused by transporting a billion dollar satellite to San Jose or San Francisco early in morning.

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Posted by Tony D.
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Why not make Moffett Field a full fledged commercial airport to replace the current Mineta SJC in downtown San Jose. Before you break out the torches and pitchforks, hear me out: the Nexgen air traffic control system (GPS. vs radar based) will permit steeper descents, arrivals at near idle for commercial aircraft, thus being less noisy as they would literally "glide" in over Sunnyvale towards Moffett. Couple this thought with the next generation of quotes, lighter, fuel-efficient airliners (starting with Boeing 787), and noise issues of Sunnyvale, Mountain View would be met. Lastly, Hangar One could be transformed into the worlds most beautiful airport terminal; Hangar One, our grand entrance to the nation and the world.

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Posted by Earplugsanyone
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

A full fledged commercial airport - with soothing sounds of jet engines purring over our homes morning, noon and night. There goes the neighborhood, there goes the city...

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Posted by John
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Feb 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

In addition to the rescue wing, let us also not forget the Research Park and it's well as the Zeppelin company and its employees that calls Moffett home as well.

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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Anyone who expects a quick answer from the Federal Government is kidding themself.

I love Hanagar One and love history. But I don't want to pay one penny to save that white elephant. It is useful for one thing, storing blimps and multiple blimps at that.

The days of needing a place to store blimps are long gone.

I absolutely hate the idea of turning Moffett into any kind of airport. You can only minimize the noise.. but a jet is still a jet and there are reasons real estate near airports isn't worth as much as real estate away from airports.

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Posted by Tony D.
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm

What if the next generation of commercial aircraft didn't have to fly over Sunnyvale (south of 101) to get to Moffett Field? Just curious.

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Jackson Park
on Feb 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Let Google have it, but pls don't put houses on it until the toxins are cleaned up!

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Posted by CDC
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Close down the field will impact thousands of people who work for Lockheed Martin and Loral Space System.

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Posted by Waiting2
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

What is taking so long?

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