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Moffet Field |Historical Society Museum–The Friendliest Museum!

July 27, 2015
Moffet Field historical society

                    This museum is located only about a mile down from the NASA Ames Center. You do have to pull up to an armed guard and tell him that you are going to the museum to get through. There is a large parking lot and close spots for those who need an easy entrance. I made the mistake of walking through the side door and was politely directed to the entrance by a Vietnam Veteran. This is what you see when you first walk in. I was greeted by a very nice lady and paid my admission of $8.

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This is probably one of the most friendly museums I have ever been too. It is ran by Veterans and they were all so kind and generous with their knowledge of the items in the museum. They are very happy people and were so kind to all the children that were running around!

If you like historical uniforms then you will love this museum. There were so many uniforms on display throughout. A lot of them even had photos of the actually servicemen and servicewomen who  wore them! Very Interesting!

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Below is a U-2 Flight Suit. One of the veterans let me know how hard it was for the men to bend their elbows and knees once in the suit. The little string and wiffle ball was an “after market” design. They noticed that once the pilot was in the cockpit the suit was so stiff he couldn’t look down to see all of his controls. So when the pilot needed to see certain controls he would pull on that little ball and it would tilt the helmet down just enough for him to see! Whatever works I guess!

U-2 flight suit

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Now here is an artifact that caught my eye! The original power bar! Why don’t they make these “Eat A Cup of Coffee” bars anymore? I would buy them! Notice that it says not to be used by children under 12 years old–it must have been good!

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Pretty sharp looking Navy Lieutenant Commander Dinner suit! Notice the photo of the service man below who actually wore it! Really neat to put a face to the uniforms!

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This is a AV-8A Harrier cockpit simulator.

AV-8A Harrier cockpit simulator

Inside their library.

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Just outside the museum are the aircrafts they have on display. They were allowing people to get in the cockpit of this Bell AH-1S Cobra.

Bell AH-15 Cobra

This was neat for me to see, somewhere along the lines this was flown as a Blue Angel. When I got up close I could see the “Blue Angel” painted over. The engines were taken out unfortunately but this was still so great for me to see as I was a little girl who grew up watching the Blue Angels perform at El Toro Marine base.

retired blue angel at moffet field

This is a TF-104G Starfighter capable of sustaining 60 second zero G’s.

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This is a U-2–designed during the Cold War-they were able to fly at 70,000 ft. which was thought at the time to be flying above Soviet fighters, missiles and radar. The cockpit was open and they were allowing people to sit in it. The staff was very patient with the children that were being a little hard on the controls–haha!
U-2U-2 at Moffet Field

I drove down and took a quick look at the Flight Operations building (closed tot the public) but a fun little drive by.
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This is the view just before reaching the Flight Operations building.

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My Quick Take: This one of the friendliest historical museums I have ever been to and I’ve been to a lot! The dedicated Veteran staff truly wanted to make each attendee’s visit very enjoyable and knowledgable. They were so kind to everyone, especially the children.

This Museum is solely funded from Memberships and Donations as it is all ran by volunteers. If you would like to keep this precious piece of history going full steam ahead you can donate or become a member by clicking here.

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10am – 3pm

Address: 

Severyns Ave., Building 126
P.O. Box 16, Moffett Field, CA 94035-0016

For directions click here.

Phone: 650/964-4024

E-mail: moffettmuseum@sbcglobal.net

Happy Museum Exploring!

Xx

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Discussion about this post

  1. Data says:

    Sounds like someplace we want on our list next time we visit. Probably not as eiictxng as the Airbase, but still about things that fly. Must be good!Gramma

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