Google Execs Want to Restore, Use Hangar One
December 15, 2011 – Three top executives at Google have offered to cover the $33 million cost of preserving the iconic Hangar One on Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, but the executives also want to hangar their eight private jets there, according to a report from Mercury News.
Built in 1932 for the U.S. Navy’s USS Macon airship, the monstrous structure measures 1,138 feet by 308 feet and is nearly 200 feet tall. NASA, the hangar owner whose Ames Research Center is located on Moffett Field, is reportedly mulling over the offer from CEO Larry Page, co-founder Sergey Brin, and executive chairman Eric Schmidt. Google headquarters is in Mountain View.
They own H211, the company that manages the aircraft operations. Ken Ambrose, H211 director of operations, says NASA is considering the offer. At a meeting last week of the Hangar One Subcommittee of the Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board, Ambrose expressed his frustration about NASA’s delayed response. “A decision should have been made by now,” he said, according to the Mercury News. “It’s quarter to midnight as far as I can see.”
Adding further urgency is that fact that NASA has begun removing Hangar One’s PCB-filled exterior paneling, leaving the interior of the building exposed to the elements. Ambrose stated that they need start getting the necessary approvals to start gathering consultants, permits, and other necessities to get the restoration up and running by next summer.
The offer allows NASA to retain ownership of the hangar and lease out space to others.