I think most people who have been stuck in traffic, grinding away on their daily commute up Highway 101 in Mountain View, have casually glanced towards Moffett Field and wondered, “What the heck are those things?” Like me, maybe they remember hearing vague explanations about blimps. Hanger One at Moffett Field is surely a curious feature on the lower Peninsula, a landmark in the distance and a place most Bay Area residents know of but have never had the chance to see up close. The first time I walked into Hanger One I was stunned. You don’t get an idea of the scale of these buildings until you step inside. You start rattling off words like “massive” and “cavernous” and “enormous.” I have a buddy who played baseball inside Hanger One when he was stationed at Moffett for the Navy. He told me nobody ever hit a ball close to reaching the ceiling.

Hangar One at Moffet field is "cavernous.
Hangar One at Moffet field is “cavernous.

Moffett Field and Hanger One are historic treasures. Now a group is attempting to save the old buildings. If you are curious about the history of this place and want to learn about preservation efforts, I urge you to check out the Moffett Field Historical Society. The gallery alone is worth the effort!


Producer’s Notes: Zeppelins Resurrected 12 March,2016Chris Bauer

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Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer is a Freelance Media Producer with over 20 years experience working in broadcast television; producing sports, history, technology, science, environment and adventure related programming. He is a two-time winner of the international Society of Environmental Journalists Award for Outstanding Television Story and has received multiple Northern California Emmy Awards. Some of his Quest stories have been featured in the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, United Nations Association Film Festival, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC. A 5th generation Bay Area resident and a graduate of St. Mary's College of California, his hobbies include canoeing, snowboarding, wood-working and trying to play the ukulele. He and his family live in Alameda, CA.

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