Moffett Field Historical Society Museum

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum Where the history of Moffett Field comes alive!!!!
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The Moffett Field Historical Society is dedicated to education about and preservation of the heritage of one of Northern California's most significant historic sites.....Moffett Field. Our uniform collections represent the men and women who served their country and supported the missions of the commands assigned to Moffett Field. Adults: $8.00 Senior (65+) and Disabled: $5.00 Teens (ages 13-17): $3.00 Children (12 and under): FREE Currently - Serving Military: FREE MFHS Members & Guests: FREE Group Rates Available! Membership: We welcome public membership in the Moffett Field Historical Society. In addition to helping us carry out our mission, your membership entitles you to a number of benefits, including: free admission for you and your guests, the quarterly Sparrowhawk newsletter, a voice in our future, and a meaningful opportunity for volunteer involvement. Annual dues are just $25 annually, or $300 gives you a lifetime membership. Corporate sponsors are welcome and encouraged. Join us! It’s easy, just download, complete, and return the museum membership form to MFHS, P.O. Box 16 , Moffett Field , CA 94035. http://www.moffettfieldmuseum.org/MoffetField-MembershipForm.pdf Donations: The Moffett Field Historical Society and Museum operates solely on volunteer effort and is funded entirely by membership subscriptions, admission fees, and donations received from organizations and individuals. We rely on the generous giving by people who visit the Museum and/or this page, together with all those who just have an interest in helping preserve the history of Moffett Field so that current and future generations may know and enjoy it. If you would like to support the Museum or any of its projects with a donation of any amount, small or large, with great thanks we ask that you complete the donation form and send it with your payment to the Museum at: MFHS, P.O. Box 16 , Moffett Field , CA 94035 . A tax receipt will be provided for each donation over $50.00.

Come checkout our Lockheed P-3 Orion (and other aircraft) on display. The high school student volunteers just cleaned th...
01/26/2019

Come checkout our Lockheed P-3 Orion (and other aircraft) on display.

The high school student volunteers just cleaned the P-3!

Reminder: you only need a driver's license or state ID to get onto the base. 🙂✈️

We're open Wednesdays through Saturdays. 10am to 3pm.

Looking for something to do on the 4th of July?Why not visit the Moffett Museum and celebrate our nation’s birthday wi...
06/28/2018

Looking for something to do on the 4th of July?

Why not visit the Moffett Museum and celebrate our nation’s birthday with some veterans? This will be a good time to view our newly acquired Medal of Honor in tribute to Rear Admiral Wm. A. Moffett.

The museum will be open during our normal hours, 10 am to 3 pm.

Since most of NASA Ames will be closed for the holiday, just tell the security guards you are visiting the museum.

Happy Birthday, America!!

H O L I D A Y   H O U R SThe museum will be open our normal opearting days and times during the Christmas - New Years ho...
12/22/2017

H O L I D A Y H O U R S

The museum will be open our normal opearting days and times during the Christmas - New Years holiday.
Wednesday through Saturday, 10:am to 3:00 pm.

12/14/2017
12/14/2017

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that the Moffett Field Historical Society announces the passing of Eugene “Frenchie” Choiniere. Frenchie was a former US Navy Skyraider pilot, an American Airlines MD-80 captain, a member of our Board of Directors and a tireless volunteer docent/tour guide at the museum. He passed away in the morning of December 13, 2017 at El Camino Hospital while awaiting heart surgery. Frenchie greatly enjoyed meeting the many museum visitors from around the world with whom he shared many stories about life at NAS Moffett Field. He received many accolades from those who posted on social media about their enjoyable visits with him, although the use of social media was foreign to him. We will remember his ever-smiling countenance and funny stories. He will be terribly missed.

Reaching back into our ancient history files, we’ve discovered the pictured 1941 Thanksgiving Menu from the US Army Ai...
11/18/2017

Reaching back into our ancient history files, we’ve discovered the pictured 1941 Thanksgiving Menu from the US Army Air Corps’ 9th Air Base Group, the custodian of Moffett Field at the time. Note: this event was only 10 days before the December 7th attack at Pearl Harbor.

11/18/2017

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY HOURS

In order that our staff can enjoy the holiday with their friends and family, the Moffett Field Museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day. We will be open during our normal hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, the day before, and Friday and Saturday, the days after.

05/02/2017

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The Moffett Field Historical Society is pleased to announce that we have been certified to reopen the museum building, effective May 3rd. We look forward to hosting our new and
returning visitors. Please take advantage of our return to operations to visit the museum and the Collings Foundation’s B-17, B-24 and B-25 during the week of May 19th to
May 24th.
Please note:
The Moffett Main Gate is temporarily closed until the end of July for construction, so please use the Ellis Street Gate. We apologize for any inconvenience our closure may have caused you.
MFHS

03/16/2017

As of 3/16/17, we anticipate maintenance procedures to be implemented, testing completed and accepted and authorization to reopen given by mid-April. Continued updates will be forthcoming on this page and on our telephone voice mail. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we look forward to having you visit us in the very near future. MFHS

02/24/2017

----------------------------NOTICE-----------------------------------------
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Moffett Museum must be closed until emergency maintenance is completed. This may take three or four weeks.
Update on reopening will be provided on this page.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
MFHS

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Staff at your Moffett Field Historical Society Museum and Air Wing.
12/16/2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Staff at your Moffett Field Historical Society Museum and Air Wing.

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum's cover photo
12/16/2015

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum's cover photo

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum's cover photo
12/16/2015

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum's cover photo

A World War II-era Army Air Corps Link Trainer was just rolled into the Moffett Field Museum to add to our limited colle...
12/15/2015

A World War II-era Army Air Corps Link Trainer was just rolled into the Moffett Field Museum to add to our limited collection covering the 1935 – 1942 years when Moffett Field was under jurisdiction of the US Army.
This artifact was used to instruct Army Air Corps aviation cadets in the skills necessary for instrument flying.
Eventually, an Instructor’s Desk and a Mission Plotting Board will be added to the diorama.

11/23/2015

HOLIDAY HOURS -
The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, 11/26, Christmas Day, 12/25 and New Years Day, 1/1.
We will be open all other normal working days.
Why not share the holiday spirit with us?

A Veterans’ Day Salute!  Sgt Jacob Brier, a World War I Army veteran, remembers!
11/12/2015

A Veterans’ Day Salute!
Sgt Jacob Brier, a World War I Army veteran, remembers!

BT-13 Update #4As promised, once all three wheels hit the deck, the BT-13 became mobile!  She’s now positioned under a...
09/04/2015

BT-13 Update #4
As promised, once all three wheels hit the deck, the BT-13 became mobile! She’s now positioned under a camouflage netting in the airpark which will provide shade for the rest of the project. Control cable rigging, panel repairs, cockpit equipment repairs and engine rework are now taking place under the net. Removable panels are in the shop for new paint.
From the street, this is reminiscent of an overseas WW-II airbase (except for the yellow wings).

BT-13 Update #3They say “it takes a village to raise a BT-13!”  As promised, the wheel bearings arrived from Texas, ...
09/04/2015

BT-13 Update #3
They say “it takes a village to raise a BT-13!” As promised, the wheel bearings arrived from Texas, Bob Lombardi expertly installed them and mounted the wheels to the struts. Then Leo Steffen’s leadership engaged the rest of the team and, after several excruciating hours of struggling with both struts that did not want to fully engage their mounts in the wing assembly, success was reached. The Sea Bee mantra of “Don’t force it, use a bigger hammer” seems to be true. We now have an aircraft that is moveable throughout the air park.
Thanks to the "Village" of Russ Parrington, Chuck Collondrez, Mark Peaslee, Tom Winant, Scott Sellers and Leo Steffen, along with Bob Lombardi (not in photo) for working through the difficulties of this task.

BT-13 Update #2What a difference a few days can make.  With the center wing beam attached to the fuselage earlier in the...
08/16/2015

BT-13 Update #2

What a difference a few days can make. With the center wing beam attached to the fuselage earlier in the week, Leo Steffen and Scott Sellers braved the sun and heat to attach the BT-13’s vertical and horizontal stabilizers, and then mount the rudder and both elevators – all in one day! The pile of aircraft bits and pieces that arrived from Los Angeles several months ago is starting to diminish, and the collection is now beginning to resemble an aircraft.

Bearings and related pieces for the main wheels have been located in Texas and are on their way to Moffett Field. Once the bearings are installed, the wheels will be mounted onto the struts, ready for installation on the center wing assembly. That will provide a means to easily roll the aircraft around the museum’s air park, especially to a spot under camouflage netting so that work can continue in the shade.

BT-13 UpdateIt’s been a few months since any work has been done on the old Vibrator since we’ve been forced out of o...
08/08/2015

BT-13 Update

It’s been a few months since any work has been done on the old Vibrator since we’ve been forced out of our spaces in Hangar Three due to OSHA’s safety mandates. Our new project lead, Leo Steffen, has made major strides in getting the bird back together. With the fuselage now on temporary stands, he, and new volunteers Scott Sellers and Bill Katona, are now able to easily work inside the cockpit and fuselage framework without having to lean in or over. The tailwheel has also just been installed.

Once the interior work is completed, including rigging all the control cabling, the center wing beam is ready to be connected, followed by installation of the landing gear and fixed struts. The aircraft will then be ready to roll around to a covered location where the rest of the work will be completed.

07/01/2015

N O T I C E !
The Museum will be open Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th at our new normal hours: 10 am through 3 pm.

06/15/2015

*********IMPORTANT***********
The Museum's hours have changed!!!!!!
We are now open from 10:00am to 3:00pm Wednesday through Saturday effective June 13, 2015.

Wonder what Brigadier Generals Chuck Yeager and Jimmie Stewart would think if they saw the Museum’s Army Air Corps’ ...
01/25/2015

Wonder what Brigadier Generals Chuck Yeager and Jimmie Stewart would think if they saw the Museum’s Army Air Corps’ BT-13 “Vibrator” basic trainer coming through the Moffett Field gate on the morning of Thursday, Jan 23rd? Looking like a giant model aircraft kit, the plane is in several pieces and will require more than a few man-hours to make repairs and then re-assemble. Thanks to the members of the CA ANG’s 129th Maintenance Group’s assistance to our Air Group, the large pieces were carefully unloaded from the delivery truck and placed on the hangar deck in order of assembly, like a miniature Vultee Aircraft production line. More to come as work continues. . . . .

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015:  NASA Ames staffers and contractors repositioned the 1/3rd scale wind tunnel model of the NASA S...
01/21/2015

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015: NASA Ames staffers and contractors repositioned the 1/3rd scale wind tunnel model of the NASA Space Shuttle from its former site outside the wind tunnel to its new location at the west end of Shenandoah Plaza (parade grounds). This is the view that those entering through the main gate now see. WELCOME ABOARD, Shipmates!

To reflect the seven year period of 1935 - 1942 when Moffett Field was the Pacific Coast headquarters for the US Army Ai...
12/10/2014

To reflect the seven year period of 1935 - 1942 when Moffett Field was the Pacific Coast headquarters for the US Army Air Corps Basic Training Command, the Museum is acquiring a restored Vultee Aircraft BT-13 Valiant basic trainer. It is currently in the final stages of painting and we expect it to be delivered to Moffett Field in the middle part of December. Once re-assembled in Hangar Three, it will be on display in the Museum’s Air Park. Weather permitting; the cockpit will normally be open for visitors on the third Saturday of each month.

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum's cover photo
12/10/2014

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum's cover photo

The real Hellcat
11/15/2014

The real Hellcat

Admiral William A. Moffett, "The Father of Naval Aviation" Oct. 31, 1869 - April 4, 1933
11/14/2014

Admiral William A. Moffett, "The Father of Naval Aviation" Oct. 31, 1869 - April 4, 1933

Intern's Project
11/13/2014

Intern's Project

Photos from Moffett Field Historical Society Museum's post
11/13/2014

Photos from Moffett Field Historical Society Museum's post

Translations
11/08/2014

Translations

US Aircraft Carrier CV-8 Hornet
11/08/2014

US Aircraft Carrier CV-8 Hornet

EM2 Thomas Stevens Job, USN, Boat Repair Unit. The one who found Kato Matsuo's flag.
10/17/2014

EM2 Thomas Stevens Job, USN, Boat Repair Unit. The one who found Kato Matsuo's flag.

On this 23rd anniversary of the worst accident in the history of Maritime Patrol Aviation, we pause to remember our ship...
03/21/2014

On this 23rd anniversary of the worst accident in the history of Maritime Patrol Aviation, we pause to remember our shipmates who are "Still On Patrol".

LEST WE FORGET

02/11/2014

BREAKING NEWS!!!
Google affiliate wins competition to lease and manage Moffett Federal Airfield, including re-skinning Hangar One, and rehabilitating Hangars Two and Three.

Please see this GSA link for preliminary details: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/186071

Welcome Home!Moffett Field-based F8U Crusader finally returns home to roost.Always on the lookout for more interesting d...
02/09/2014

Welcome Home!

Moffett Field-based F8U Crusader finally returns home to roost.

Always on the lookout for more interesting displays for the MFHS Museum, our Air Wing Director, Lou Somontes, found an F8U Crusader cockpit just waiting to be restored. After checking the serial numbers and BUNOs, we discovered that this airplane had Moffett Field roots!

VF-191’s Satan’s Kittens had a long and illustrious history at NAS Moffett Field. They received their supersonic F8U Crusaders in June, 1960, and deployed to WESTPAC on USS Bon Homme Richard in 1961. This aircraft was assigned to the Commander, Carrier Air Group 19. What stories it could tell!

This photo, taken on Day 1 in the Museum, shows how much restoration is needed, but we have almost all the parts to put her together. Anyone looking for hands-on “grunge work” please contact the Museum at 650-964-4024 or [email protected] to join our team.

01/27/2014

Well, I was just informed by the Master Chief (Parsons) that our visitor was an ER-2 NOT a U-2. Mea culpa, Diana

Lots of folks came to see the U-2 on Saturday - and one came to see US!!!!!
01/27/2014

Lots of folks came to see the U-2 on Saturday - and one came to see US!!!!!

Well, here's the other pic!  I'm still new at the Facebook stuff.  Diana
01/22/2014

Well, here's the other pic! I'm still new at the Facebook stuff. Diana

Here are a couple of photos of the U-2 move from Hangar to the Museum Air Park.  There's still some work t o be done, li...
01/22/2014

Here are a couple of photos of the U-2 move from Hangar to the Museum Air Park. There's still some work t o be done, like attaching the wings, but it will be available for the Memorial Service on January 25 and will be open to the public. Come and see us!!!!!!!!

Here's a picture of Hangar One all lit up - yep, that's the Museum in front.
01/16/2014

Here's a picture of Hangar One all lit up - yep, that's the Museum in front.

At this time of year, we remember our shipmates who are still on patrol.
01/15/2014

At this time of year, we remember our shipmates who are still on patrol.

01/15/2014

On Saturday, January 25th there will be a Private Memorial Service for the late Marty Knudsen at Moffett Field. The Moffett Field Historical Society will hold an "Open Cockpit" day in our Air Park, featuring the newly refurbished U-2 "Dragon Lady". Mr. Knudsen was a U-2 pilot who actually few this aircraft. The Museum will be open from 10am until 2pm. Please join us.

Saturday, March8, 2014 noon to 2:30pm."JFK & PT-109: An eye-witness account"LCDR Ted Robinson, USNR (Ret.), a WWII PT-Bo...
01/15/2014
Moffett Field Historical Society Museum

Saturday, March8, 2014 noon to 2:30pm.
"JFK & PT-109: An eye-witness account"
LCDR Ted Robinson, USNR (Ret.), a WWII PT-Boat skipper who helped save John F. Kennedy will present his story at the March Navy League meeting. He will take us all the way back to 1943 when he served in a fateful battle at sea and later helped rescue John F. Kennedy whose Torpedo Boat, PT-109, was rammed by a Japanese destroyer, and all hands were presumed killed. He related this compelling wartime account in his book, "Water in My Veins", which was published in 2012, and will be available for purchase and autographing.
His presentation is likely to be a thoroughly entertaining, tragic-comedic roller coaster ride of politically-incorrect candor — perhaps a bit on the salty side.
Lunch, with vegetarian options, will be served at noon; Mr. Robinson’s talk will begin at 1:00.
A donation of $30.00 covers lunch, the presentation and access to the Museum. Funds in excess of lunch expenses will be donated to the commissioning of USS America (LHA-6), the 4th ship to bear the name. No charge for service personnel in uniform. If you plan to attend the presentation please contact Mr. Todd White by e-mail at [email protected], and leave your name and number in your party. Please “like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moffett-Field-Historical-Society-Museum/184801031574680.

Where the history of Moffett Field comes alive!!!!

A copy of a post card that was sent out by this Air Station while the USS Macon was here in the '30s.
12/15/2013

A copy of a post card that was sent out by this Air Station while the USS Macon was here in the '30s.

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