The looming immensity of Moffett Field's Hangar One, built in 1933 to house the world's largest--and last--rigid-frame dirigible, is an unforgettable South Bay landmark. The lighter-than-air Macon cost 2.5 million Depression-era dollars and could hold 100 men and five Sparrowhawk biplanes, yet its silvery bulk hovered silently or sailed up to 80 miles an hour. It drew crowds as it darkened the skies around Mountain View until it broke up in a storm two years later. Other blimp squadrons, equipped with carrier pigeons instead of biplanes, succeeded the Macon. Moffett Field has at various times served the navy, army, and the air force. Now home to the world's largest wind tunnel, the NASA Ames Research Center also supports research that blazes the frontiers of supercomputing, robotics, space sciences, astrobiology, and nanotechnology.
About the Author :
Nicholas A Veronico has contributed to Moffett Field as an author.
Nicholas A. Veronico is the president of the Northern California Chapter of the American Aviation Historical Society. His many books include F4U Corsair: The Combat, Development, Racing History of the Corsair, Giant Cargo Planes, Military Aircraft Boneyards, and Blue Angels: Sixty Years of Aerial Excellence. He served as an editor for Pacific Flyer Aviation Newspapers, In Flight USA, and Airliners: The World's Airline Magazine. He lives in San Carlos, California.
|Title:||Moffett Field||Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing (SC)|
|Author:||Nicholas A Veronico|
|No. of Pages:||127|
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