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posted by mattie_p on Friday February 14 2014, @08:21PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the spend-more-money dept.

amblivious writes:

"Built in 1932 by the Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation, Hangar One was one of the largest free standing structures in the world and is now a familiar landmark in Silicon Valley. The building, covering 8 acres (3.2 ha), is large enough to fit 3 ships the size of the Titanic side-by-side. It is so large that it generates its own microclimate, with fog forming in the upper reaches and falling 17 stories to the ground as rain. NASA took over Hangar One from the Navy in 1994 but it had little use and fell into disrepair. In 2012 Google offered $US33 million to repair the facility and has now taken over the lease.

There has been widespread speculation on what Google plans to do with Hangar One, ranging from testing planetary rovers and other space or aviation technology to high altitude balloons, or simply for use as an elaborate hangar for Google's executive planes.

In a statement on Monday, a Google spokesperson simply said, 'We are delighted to move ahead in the selection process and we are looking forward to working with both GSA and Nasa to preserve the heritage of Moffett Federal Airfield.'"

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  • (Score: -1) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 14 2014, @08:25PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 14 2014, @08:25PM (#96)
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      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 14 2014, @08:29PM (#98)
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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by yargh on Friday February 14 2014, @08:32PM

    by yargh (48) on Friday February 14 2014, @08:32PM (#100)

    They already bought their own airport terminal:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2013/06/82m-g oogle-airport-terminal-set/ [go.com]

    • (Score: 1) by janrinok on Friday February 14 2014, @08:51PM

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 14 2014, @08:51PM (#104) Journal

      I once flew into Moffet in my RAF Bomber!

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      • (Score: 1) by yargh on Friday February 14 2014, @09:12PM

        by yargh (48) on Friday February 14 2014, @09:12PM (#110)

        Nice! What kind of plane was it?

        My grandfather flew mossies in the war for the RCAF. Dangerous work, but I guess there was a lot of low-level, fast flying, which wasn't not fun :)

        • (Score: 1) by janrinok on Friday February 14 2014, @09:22PM

          by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 14 2014, @09:22PM (#112) Journal

          RAF Vulcan B2 nuclear bomber. About 1979 or so.

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    • (Score: 1) by NCommander on Saturday February 15 2014, @11:09AM

      by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <mcasadevall@soylentnews.org> on Saturday February 15 2014, @11:09AM (#144) Homepage Journal
      Having worked towards my PPL in Oregon, I always wanted to have been able to fly into Moffitt. I still field like that field should be public use ...
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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by applesmasher on Friday February 14 2014, @09:39PM

    by applesmasher (53) on Friday February 14 2014, @09:39PM (#114)

    They are buying the hangar because they intend to dig under it. The building is a convenient staging ground for excavated material, which they will fly out secretly on Google owned planes. The NSA is helping them obfuscate their records as payment for all our data which Google collects.

    Wake up, sheeple!

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    • (Score: 1) by mhajicek on Friday February 14 2014, @09:53PM

      by mhajicek (51) on Friday February 14 2014, @09:53PM (#117)
      This is how Umbrella Corp get's they're underground research facility going. BTW I have shot watermelons with 12 gauge slugs. There wasn't much left.
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    • (Score: 2, Informative) by Foobar Bazbot on Friday February 14 2014, @09:56PM

      by Foobar Bazbot (37) on Friday February 14 2014, @09:56PM (#118) Journal

      Obligatory [xkcd.com]

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by combatserver on Friday February 14 2014, @11:11PM

      by combatserver (38) on Friday February 14 2014, @11:11PM (#126)

      "...it generates its own microclimate, with fog forming in the upper reaches and falling 17 stories to the ground as rain."

      Kind of ironic, considering the hanger was originally built to protect craft from the weather.

      As a kid, I lived near this hanger and my friends and I quickly discovered that the back gate (the one right at the end of the airstrip, and closest to SF Bay) was usually left wide open. This end of the base was accessible by going along rickety cat-walks that went over the huge evaporation ponds that surround SF Bay at that area. Nobody seemed to care about a few kids on bicycles--we literally rode right onto the base. Back then, everyone on the base was riding bicycles to get around from building to building, so we blended right in and could pretty much go where we pleased, including inside this hangar. All sorts of neat stuff for a kid--Helicopters with wings, airplanes with horizontal rotors, smaller versions with no windshields or windows...all sorts of odd stuff straight out of Popular Science.

      "They are buying the hangar because they intend to dig under it."

      That hangar sits on land no more than a meter above sea level, is less than 1000 meters from San Francisco Bay and is surrounded by millions of tons of buried landfill waste (who knows what "garbage" NASA and the military buried there). Digging deep there would be a costly venture, if not dangerous.

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