2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:31:30 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PRESERVATION: Hangar One "cork room" slated for demolition at Moffett Field (CA)
Historic "cork room" slated for demolition soon inside Hangar One

by Daniel Debolt
Mountain View Voice (CA)
June 11, 2010

Any day now one of the last unique artifacts of the pre WWII airship era is set to be destroyed -- a building inside Moffett Field's Hangar One known as the "cork room."

In the late 1930s, the massive Navy airship the USS Macon sailed over Mountain View and the Pacific Ocean like an airborne aircraft carrier with a handful of small fighter planes ready to be deployed from its belly. In its home base, the 200-foot-tall, 1,133-foot-long Hangar One, the cork room was a temperature-controlled environment used to store and maintain the Macon's fragile hydrogen gas cells which kept the airship aloft. They were made from cow intestines before Goodyear came up with a cotton fabric that did the job, said Bill Wissel, founding board member of the Moffett Field Historical Society. The fragile cells had to be constantly inspected and patched because of chaffing on the airship frame.


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Lenny Siegel
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