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Moffett Field Hangar One

planes inside Hangar One


February 2014: Things are looking up! Google will protect this wonderful structure!

2008:  Hangar One at Moffett Field was included on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2008 America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Read what the National Trust had to say May 26, 2011.


July 2008

Hangar One before removal of its skin. \Hangar One before removal of skin
doors To get a sense of the size of Hangar One, note the people standing in the lower right of the photo. This is as close as you can get to see the full height of the doors
The lamp is across the street from the hangar.     The lamp is across the street from the hangar
Hangar One, SUV, and new hangar Hangar One, a modern SUV and a new hangar.    

Historic Photos from the Moffett Field Museum

Hangar One from the entrance to Moffett Field     Hangar One from the entrance to Moffet Field
    Early aerial view An early view
Note the bunk beds along the side of the hangar in this interior view.     Note the bunk beds along the side of the hangar
Hangar One and planes on the ready Hangar One and planes on the ready.    
Poster celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hangar One.Poster celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hangar One
Hangar One and runways Hangar One and runways.
Deflation of the last blimp at Hangar One.     Deflation of the last blimp at Hangar One
Bulb from the lantern at the top on Hangar One Bulb from the lantern at the top of Hangar One.



California Preservation Foundation: September 11, 2008 E-Mail Bulletin


The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) will be hosting a public meeting on Hangar One on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at the Computer History Museum, Hahn Auditorium, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043.

What is the ACHP?
ACHP is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.

Why is this meeting important?
The Navy has proposed to remove the sheathing from Hangar One and leave the structure a skeleton. ACHP will be commenting on the impacts of this action on historic resources. The Navy is legally obliged to take into account ACHP’s perspective under the National Historic Preservation Act.

The ACHP is the only entity with the legal responsibility to encourage federal agencies to factor historic preservation into federal project requirements. It is very rare for this agency to host a public meeting, and the impact of a strong public turnout could be tremendous.

What can you do?

Attend the September 17th meeting! Public input is urgently needed to inform ACHP’s comments to the Navy. Please speak out at the meeting or submit your comments in writing to by September 22, 2008.
E-mail or Fax your Congressional Representative, Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer and Speaker of the House Pelosi to ask for their support to save Hangar One.

In 2006, Representatives Eshoo, Lofgren, Pelosi, Miller, Honda, Lantos (deceased, Speier elected in 2008), Tauscher, Farr, Thompson, Lee, Stark and Woolsey co-authored a letter to the Secretary of the Navy "supporting the full cleanup and preservation of Hangar One" and further stated that "the Hangar is worth far more than the funds needed to save it".
If you are represented by any of these representatives, please call or e-mail asking them to once again support the preservation of Hangar One by sending a letter to the Secretary of the Navy.
If your representative is not listed here, please contact them and ask them to join their colleagues to save Hangar One.

Please send a copy of your e-mail to CPF:
Talking Points:

• Hangar One is an important part of California and the nation's aviation and military history. The hangar is a rare, irreplaceable resource that is a northern California landmark and a reminder of our nation's history of technological innovation and design.

• Hangar One is the anchor of the National Register listed U.S. Naval Air Station Sunnyvale, California, Historic District. Removing the sheathing of the structure would threaten the integrity of the District as a whole.

• Environmental hazards present at Hangar One must be remediated, but the historic value and reuse options for the hangar should not be destroyed or severely compromised in the process when viable alternatives exist.

• The Navy's current plan to remove Hangar One's exterior sheathing and all interior structures makes reuse of Hangar One difficult and does not fulfill what we believe is the Navy's responsibility to minimize harm to the historic resource, or leave the hangar in a usable condition.

• The Navy's proposed mitigation measures, including documentation and painting the frame the color of the original siding, are insufficient to make up for the effect the remediation measures will have on Hangar One.

You can make a difference. The California Preservation Foundation nominated Hangar One to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places 2008.

Please join the California Preservation Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation at this very important meeting to save Hangar One.

California Preservation Foundation
5 3rd St., Suite 424
San Francisco, California 94103

Linda Ellis, one of the Save Hangar One Committee members is the architect that created the idea for a fabric skin for the hangar. Her photo gallery shows details of the interior of Hangar One. She is also a member of the Pacific Coast Aeronauts (hot air balloon group) that used to free fly 3-4 balloons for rides in the hangar during airshows.


Planes inside Hangar One

NASA Picture from the July/August 2008 issue of Preservation.

The National Trust suggests joining the Save Hangar One Yahoo group for the latest on the future of this local landmark.



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