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Sad to hear this at the gate today when I went to visit. I was really looking forward to seeing this. We were given no details about when it would open again. more »
Tried to visit this museum today (March 2017) but was told on the entry to Moffett Field that it's closed indefinitely. No other details were given. Well worth emailing or calling in advance to see if... more »
The location of the museum is quite brilliant on its own: It is on the NASA owned and operated Moffett Field. The museum is in the far back of the Field, right next to Hangar One. You can park right n... more »
A visit to the Moffett Field Museum is an experience down history, with the largest collection of military-related artifacts that have been carefully preserved and cataloged by a dedicated staff of volunteers. You can spend hours and still not see everything. Each piece has a story and an enthusiastic volunteer that is eager to share his/her knowledge of the facts and events that he may have personally lived or observed. The value of the restoration of memorabilia that spans generations will influence future generations that will develop an appreciation to the efforts made by our service men and women. We support a visit to this museum in recognition of the preservation of military culture and for the message that the volunteer staff, who are still around, to tell.
We traveled to Moffett Field to visit the NASA Ames Research Center which is located on the base. Most of the base is still restricted because it's still controlled by the military but we did close enough to take some photos of the huge hangers, which was adjacent from our destination. Not much to see, other than telling the story about this place. In 1920's, the Navy draws up plans to build an airship base on the West Coast similar to Lakehurst. * 94 communities vied for the base, with the Navy choosing Sunnyvale at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. Even though the country was in the depths of the depression, the community managed to raise $476,000 to purchase 1000 acres for the Navy. In February 1931, President Hoover signed a bill authorizing the Navy to accept title to the land and construction began in October. $2.5 million was allocated for the construction of Hangar One. In April 1933, the Navy commissioned "NAS Sunnyvale." During that same month, Rear Admiral "William A. Moffett" lost his life when the USS Akron crashed off Barnegat Light, N.J. Two months later, the station's name changed to "Moffett Field" in honor of the late Rear Admiral. In September 1935, the U.S. Army took over Moffett and immediately became disenchanted with it, mainly due to the high cost of Hangar One's maintenance. Moffett eventually became headquarters of the Army's Western Flying Training Command. In 1939, the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory was established. After Pearl Harbor, the Navy desperately needed Moffett back to start West Coast blimp operations. In January 1942, the deflated blimps, in storage at Lakehurst, were shipped by rail to Moffett and inflated. In February 1942, the first flight of Air Ship "ZP-32" was conducted and during March and April, three more "L-ships" were appropriated from Goodyear's advertising fleet. In April 1942, the Navy recommissioned the station. Goodyear began a program to ship new deflated blimps from Akron, Ohio to Moffett for final assembly and inflation. In October 1942, the Navy placed the first airship completed by this program into service and by November, construction began on Hangars Two and Three. In August 1943, Moffett opened two smaller stations at Watsonville and Eureka, California to provide more patrol coverage of the Pacific coast, north and south of Moffett. Spring of 1944, the Navy began to scale down on Air Ship operations, especially along the West Coast where Japanese submarines had never become a serious threat. In June 1994, as a result of the "1991 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's decision," NAS Moffett closed and became "Moffett Federal Airfield." Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA), formerly Naval Air Station (NAS) Moffett Field, is currently operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). * "NASA has continued the tenant program begun by the Navy, hosting several other organizations at MFA including the Naval Reserve, the California Air National Guard, and Onizuka Air Force Base. Control of on-base and off-base housing was transferred to Onizuka Air Force Base. Currently, NASA is continuing to operate MFA as a restricted federal airfield, but is also considering various other uses of the property that will support its mission." In 1995, the city of San Jose passed a resolution stating that if the federal government decided to discontinue its operation of Moffett Airfield, the airfield should become a civil airport for the long-term benefit of the Santa Clara County. In 1999, the US House of Representatives Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee approved $14 million to construct the new composite maintenance hangar at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View for the 129th Rescue Wing of the California Air National Guard. In an effort to get the Air National Guard to stay on site, the city of Sunnyvale played a major role in helping to get the funding approved.
The Museum is well worth the visit, but the staff is what makes it really worthwhile, they lived this stuff.
Tried to visit the museum today (March 2017) but informed at the entry point to Moffett Field it has been closed indefinitely since February. No current informationon the website to reflect this. A real shame as was looking forward to visiting!
Went here with my 8-year old daughter. I think she was too young for most of it (and not very interested in war anyway). The volunteers are great however. One played the various sounds that a submarine can hear (shifting ice, whales etc), which was great. I probably have to go back here by myself to check out all the model ships and planes they have.
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