Unusual California museum
..is anything normal in California Anymore anyways ?
A few weeks ago I met up with a friend at Moffet Field in Sunnyvale California.
I tought to share on imodeler some of the unusual artefacts one can see there
This place may be on your bucket list on places to visit if you come to the Golden Sate !
Formerly operated by the US navy for anti-submarine Patrols , now by NASA Ames whom leases 1000 Acres to a Google Subsidiary ( planetary Ventures ) whom operates as its private airfield and where they conduct driverless car tests.
It has the worlds largest freestanding structures, hangars one, Two and three which were built to House the USS Makon airship and others.
The Airship technology did not get a long lease on life even though contrary to the Zeppelins they were filled with non explosive Helium ($!) as opposed to Hydrogen.
After the accident and loss of both the Macon and Akron that idea was abandoned and the airfield was named after Admiral Moffet whom went down with the Acron. He was a most important person that shaped Navy air, rather than leaving the air arm to the Air Force exclusively. That in itself is a hugely important fact that may have given the US the edge in WW2 Oceanic Theatres
Enjoy the photos with comments. All left to say is that Hangar one had it’s cladding removed to remove hazardous materials resulting in being able to view the steel Structure and trusses. It will take Millions and Millions to repair and re-clad it. Paid by Google ( they can afford it !)
the Moffet field Museum is Extremely well run run by volunteers. There are several aircraft and restaurations ongoing. Unfortunately the California sun in beating the collection up. Indoors the museum is totally amazing. It displaying artefacts, uniforms , photos of navy Air .One could spend hours there Pouring over the numerous cases including lots of models and a miniature railroad that was built by Bored Pilots on standby !
Tip. The golf course is open to the Public and has a simple restaurant. A throw back to simpler days far away from the madness and traffic of nearby Silicon Valley.
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