Moffett Field

Moffett Field

Book - 2006
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A pictorial history of Naval Air Station Sunnyvale from birth at the start of the 1930s through the dirigible era, WWII, and NASA's reign. Less lighter-than-air coverage than we'd like--see the same publisher's "Lakehurst" for more. The book is almost exclusively historic photos with abundant and authoritative captions. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Arcadia Publishing
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.

Publisher: Charleston, SC : Arcadia, 2006
ISBN: 9780738531328
Branch Call Number: 979.473 V54
Characteristics: 128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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