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Natl Guards Leaving Moffett;airfield Up For Grabs  
User currently offlineGamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2345 times:

We heard this rumor of National guards leaving Moffett Field at Mountain View, CA every year during the airshow; but it appears this time they are really leaving and moving to San Joaquin Valley. Announcement expected on June 1st according to MSNBC and SJ Mercury News. (links below)

This means Flight controllers for two 1,500 ft runways also will be gone and NASA will be on its own. So fear now is NASA also will shutdown its facilities here. Usual alternatives for the field have been proposed again: handing over airfield to City of San Jose or make it a cargo or corporate traffic. Again, as usual the Mountain View politicians are against this idea.

Did anyone else attend the airshow? Thunderbirds and Patriots stole the show. NASA 747 Space Shuttle carrier. (ex-JAL plane) was there as well. I hope with all these changes, airshow also won't be gone  Sad



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http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5087175/

Highlights

Guard leaving Moffett; airfield future up for grabs

The guard and its contingent of 300 full-time and 1,000 weekend members would move to the former Castle Air Force Base near Atwater in the central San Joaquin Valley. An Air Force study has cited a $100 million savings, including lower operating costs, and a shifting populace, with most of its reserve members living in the Central Valley.

Gone with the Air National Guard will be flight controllers for Moffett Field's two 1,500-foot-long airstrips as well as on-base fire-fighting services.

Also, the guard is responsible for roughly 4,000 of the roughly 24,000 flight operations that still take place at Moffett Field.

The fear is that if NASA leaves -- or proves unable to maintain Moffett Field's airstrips on its own -- others like the city of San Jose will step in and take over operation of Moffett's airstrips.

San Jose and others have long looked on Moffett Field as the last, best hope to relieve overcrowding at the Bay Area's three major airports. There has been talk of converting Moffett Field to a cargo-only airport, or perhaps cargo and corporate jet traffic.

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User currently offlineAs739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6161 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2289 times:

In control of the (2) 1,500 foot runways? There is a typo. More like (2) 11,500 foot runways. It will be very sad to see it go. The airshow this weekend was fantastic. Maybe the Thunderbirds will perform at Travis AFB again. I remember when they talked about making Moffet into a all cargo airport. Would have been sweety to see the big vargo birds going in and out. Let see what happens.

ASSFO



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User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

If Moffett Field were to be converted to a cargo/business aircraft airport, it would be very convenient, as the field is right next to US 101, the main thoroughfare between SF and San Jose.

Of course, the flightpaths would surely involve residents in Palo Alto, San Jose and other cities on the peninsula, so extensive study and probable turn-down by voters is likely, in my opinion.



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User currently offlineSjc>sfo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

My parents are resident NIMBYs in Palo Alto, and there are 60,000 to go with them; I can tell you that Moffett will *never* go commercial... Moffet is about 10 minutes from SJC, and SJC has not been developed to capacity.

User currently offlineAs739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6161 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2210 times:

Agreed sjc>sfo...it will never go commercial. Not a chance!

ASSFO



"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

Does the word condo mean anything to you guys?

I fear that is Moffet's future.



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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Let's hope not L-188. I hope like hell that Moffett Field doesnt go the way of Meigs, and close. I hope, that some cargo traffic is developed out of it. It woudl be a waste to see such an airfield such as Moffett disappear.

-Copa


User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

One of remember with those day of Natianal Guard was use at US Airports and now, they are pulled out with commerical airport. I will able never to see them again.

User currently offlineNBGskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 826 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

Will probably wind up like the former MCAS Tustin, one of the blimp hangers will be designated as a historical site, and the rest will be slated for redevelopment.


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