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
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.