Aviation has been practiced in California since the early 20th century. However, this was not just airplanes but also a strong lighter-than-air division consisting of various types of blimps. The largest of these were the USS Arkon and Macon, a pair of nearly 800-foot-long flying behemoths, but also many smaller zeppelins and balloons were part of the fleet at the airfield.
The history of these ships, the planes operated at the airfield, as well as NASA’s history, are all covered in the Moffet Field Museum. Inside are dozens of historical objects such as photos, flags, and uniforms, all of which tell the story of the 100-year-old airfield that also houses the world’s largest free-standing structure.
The museum is run by volunteers and constantly evolves as new items make their way into the exhibits.
Know Before You Go
See the website for opening hours and prices. The entrance is via the Moffet gate. Just drive up to the security window and show your ID or passport. Then drive past the space shuttle model up to Hangar One.