Moffitt HangarGoogle to restore Hangar One and operate runways at Moffett Field – MOUNTAIN VIEW — After designing driverless cars, experimenting with robots and secretly building a fleet of barges, Google is taking on a new challenge: running an airfield in the heart of Silicon Valley and restoring one of the area’s most iconic buildings, once used to house Navy blimps.

On Monday, federal officials announced they have chosen a Google subsidiary to restore the landmark Hangar One at Moffett Field and assume control of the airfield’s two runways, located just a few miles from Google’s main offices.

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moffett field hangarBay Area’s Biggest Fixer-Upper Looking for New Tenant – Bill Parsons surveyed the hulking metal hangar, towering like a massive metal cocoon over Moffett Field.

With its decaying outer skin removed, the historic Hangar One looked as if it had been assembled with an erector set.

Parsons worked in the hangar back in the sixties, when he was an airplane mechanic with the Navy.

“The enormity — spending a night watch in there by myself,” Parsons mused, “you wonder about the ghosts.”

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