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Hangar One in 2007 (photograph by FlyingToaster/Wikimedia)
At Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, Hangar One looms as one of the world’s biggest freestanding buildings.
Built in the 1930s, it sprawls over eight acres, giving it, like the Goodyear Airdock, a distinct weather that sometimes includes hovering fog.
As a naval hangar, it housed the USS Macon — constructed at the Goodyear Airdock — but later became part of the NASA Ames Research Center.
However, it underwent a massive restoration recently due to hazardous substances that necessitated cleaning, and is now being being leased to Google’s Planetary Ventures.
Their plans include aviation projects along with robotic and space technology, potentially revitalizing the hangar for the next age of flight.
Construction of Hangar One in the 1930s (via NASA/Ames Research Center)
View of the USS Macon from Hangar One in 1934 (via US Navy)