Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Day at the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum and Hangar One, Mountain View CA

In the middle of our region - between the 49ers Levi’s Stadium, Google Headquarters and the Computer History Museum is another Silicon Valley landmark we pass by every day on Highway 101 that is currently going through transition. 

From my Silicon Valley archives ... 2001 to 2003 DWest

Yesterday I asked the question about this familiar landmark we pass by daily and I received this fun answer from the actual "landmark".   Perhaps buildings do talk!

Hangar One at Moffett Field.   

It is bare right now as it is receiving a new face. This is one of our treasured symbols that combine the Bay Area and World War II.  Yes, I went on this base several years ago and I have even been inside Hangar One for fun exhibits during the Blue Angels fly over on various Fourth of July holidays.  What was the purpose of this landmark? Why here? 

Saving Hangar One in Mountain View CA Courtesy of DWest

To find the answers to these questions, a fun place to visit now is the
Moffett Field Historical Society Museum

The Museum at Moffett Field by DWest
Driving on the Base, I was greeted by an attendant who asked me for my identification and reason for coming.  I said I was visiting the History Museum; the attendant gave me easy directions to drive on base a short distance away, and I found the Museum right next to Hangar One. 

My pictures are good to show you, let me tell that it is the stories from these Volunteers that really make this era come alive because they share from their own personal accounts.  And, they unveil and welcome new stories from visitors all of the time.  Many visitors who have experiences on this base from many years ago. 

Of course I was absolutely fascinated by the large display dedicated to women who served the Navy, especially the WAVES!

There is a $8 donation, and it is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm. (hours and days may change) and I would definitely call in advance to schedule a docent tour from these volunteers. Each volunteer's story is unusual and personal .  The Moffett Field Historical Society Museum website has quite a bit of information to absorb as you do your research.   

Some highlights to see follows

Listening to our Docent Courtesy of DWest

iPhone Picture DWest

iPhone Picture DWest

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