Moffett Field
December 29, 2012
Mikey's Moments > Moffett Field
Today Loren and I got in some fresh air checking out Moffett Field a few miles away in Mountain View. As well as being a Naval and Army air base over the years it was also home to the USS Macon - a huge aircraft carrying airship - from 1933 to 1935. Sadly the Macon was lost after crashing off the California Big Sur coast in 1935. Her sister, the USS Akron was based on the east coast of the USA from 1931 to 1933 until she too crashed and was destroyed. Sadly, Admiral William Adger Moffett, considered the architect of US naval aviation, was on board the Akron and was killed. Moffett Field was renamed from Airbase Sunnyvale CAL to Moffett Field in his memory in 1933.
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Loren outside the museum.


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A model of the USS Macon.


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Some flying suits.


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Parachute material.


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USS Macon with the Sparrowhawk aircraft she carried.


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USS Macon.


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Inside Hanger 2 at Moffett Field - Hanger 2 and 3 are some of the largest wooden structures in the world.


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The front of Hanger 1. Hanger 1 is one of the largest steel structures in the world and could hold three Titanics side by side with plenty of length to hold the Titanic also.


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The rest of hanger 1 - now sadly without its skin due to hazardous material found there.


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Moffett Field water tower.


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Hanger 1 - which housed the USS Macon.


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Hanger 1 in HDR.


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Lockheed P-3 Orion in HDR. The Orion is an anti submarine airplane - at its height 9 squadrons of P-3's flew from Moffett Field.


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Lockheed P-3 Orion in HDR.


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Hanger 1 in HDR.


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Lockheed P-3 Orion


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Lockheed P-3 Orion in HDR.


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Lockheed P-3 Orion in HDR.


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Lockheed P-3 Orion in HDR.


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Hanger 1 and the water tower. Hopefully they will come up with the money to renovate it one day. One plan is to make it into the west coast Smithsonian Museum - now that would be cool!
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