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Moffett Federal Airfield

Moffett Federal Airfield
Airport information
Airport typePrivate
OperatorNASA Ames Research Center
LocationSanta Clara County, near Mountain View and Sunnyvale, California
Elevation9.8 m (32 ft)

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Moffett Federal Airfield , also known as Moffett Field, is a joint civil-military airport located between northern Mountain View and northern Sunnyvale, California, USA. The airport is near the south end of San Francisco Bay, northwest of San Jose. Formerly a United States Navy facility, the former naval air station is now owned and operated by the NASA Ames Research Center. Tenant military activities include the 129th Rescue Wing of the California Air National Guard, operating the HC-130P Hercules (Combat King), MC-130P Combat Shadow and HH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft, as well as the adjacent Headquarters for the 7th Psychological Operations Group of the U.S. Army Reserve. Until 28 July 2010, the U.S. Air Force's 21st Space Operations Squadron was also a tenant command at Moffett Field, occupying the former Onizuka Air Force Station. In addition to these military activities, NASA also operates several of its own aircraft from Moffett.

By far the most famous and visible sites are Hangars #1, #2, and #3, which dwarf the surrounding buildings. Hangar One is one of the world's largestfreestanding structures, covering 8 acre (32374.9 m2). Hangars #2 and #3 are significant more for their size than their unique styling or design. Hangar One is a Naval Historical Monument and the entire airfield is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In May 2008, The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Hangar One on their list of America's Most Endangered Places.

The NASA Ames site is home to several wind tunnels, including the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel (a National Historic Landmark), and

the National Full-Scale Aerodynamic Complex (NFAC).

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