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Google Offers To Save Historic Nasa Hangar (If They Can Store Their Planes Inside)

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Google has offered to step in and save a historic Nasa-owned aircraft hangar in California - if they're allowed to keep their private jets inside.

Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield near San Francisco is an enormous, and ageing, facility built to house the USS Macon airship in 1933.

Covering more than eight acres of land (which the Independent helpfully points out is enough to contain four Wembley pitches) and standing more than 60m high, it is one of the world's largest freestanding buildings.

After the USS Macon crashed the facility was used to contain missiles and aircraft, but now it is falling into disrepair.

The roof of the building has to be removed because it contains asbestos, lead and PCB, and Nasa can't afford to replace it.

Enter Google. The Internet search giant has its headquarters nearby, and needs a facility where it can house its executives' fleet of private jets.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and current executive chairman Eric Schmidt, have already set up a company (H211) to run their planes, and is now offering to stump up the entire £21.15m needed to bring the building back up to scratch. All it wants in return is two-thirds of the hangar space to contain its own aircraft.

Unfortunately for Google, and the disintegrating hangar, Nasa is taking almost as long to make its mind up on the deal as its hardware is taking to reach Mars.

According to a local newspaper, Google submitted its proposal more than three months ago but Nasa is still deliberating the decision. And until they do Google will just have to find somewhere else to put its planes.

"It would be premature to discuss the merits of the proposal until we have had time to review the details," a spokesperson told the Independent.