2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:17:27 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Moffett Field's (CA) Hangar One "nearly naked"
The skeleton of Hangar One stands asas a massive symbol of our government's inability to live up to its obligations. Hangar One, built in the 1930s to house the U.S.S. Macon naval dirigible, is historically and architecturally significant. Legally, the federal government is required to restore it once the toxic siding and roof are removed, but the White House determined that it was the responsibility of the Navy, not its current owner NASA, to contract for restoration. And NASA doesn't have the money.

So the leadership of NASA Ames Research Center proposed a partnership with H211, a limited liability company owned by the founders of Google. H211 currently houses its private aircraft fleet at Moffett's Hangar 211. In exchange for the privilege, it uses some of the aircraft to conduct scientific research. Despite widespread local support , NASA headquarters ignored the proposal, presumably because it wants to relinquish ownership of not only the hangar, but also the Moffett airstrip. It has asked the federal General Services Administration to study Moffett's future use.

So the Hangar will standard naked for one or two years while that study is conducted and, if some transfer is recommended, years more while transfer is planned. Meanwhile, the cost of restoring the Hangar for beneficial reuse will rise as it deteriorates, exposed to the elements.

I do not oppose the GSA study, if it's carried out in consultation with the local community. But every effort must be made to re-cover Hangar One now!

Lenny Siegel

Stripping a relic: Moffett Field's Hangar One, Bay Area's most famous skeleton, nearly naked

Stephen Tung
San Jose Mercury News (CA)
June 18, 2012

When viewed from Highway 101, the deconstruction of Moffett Field's Hangar One resembles dozens of white ants tearing the flesh off a metal caterpillar.

For the last nine months, workers rappelled down the outside of the hangar to remove sections of contaminated steel and redwood siding. In the next few weeks, the hangar will have morphed into a huge steel skeleton, which it will remain for the foreseeable future, frozen in time by weather sealant and government indecision.

"It's looking real good," said Bernard McDonough, a docent at the nearby Moffett Field Museum. "We're surprised how nice it looks."


For the entire article, see
http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_20883358/stripping-relic- moffett-field-hangar-one-bay-area


Lenny Siegel
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a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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