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WWII Patch, USN, Air Sea Rescue Squadron, NAS, San Francisco Bay, CA

WWII Patch, USN, Air Sea Rescue Squadron, NAS, San Francisco Bay, CA

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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
VH = Air Sea Rescue Squadron
USN  Air Sea Rescue Squadron
Naval Air Stations San Francisco Bay, California
NAS Oakland, CA,  NAS Alameda, CA, NAS Moffett Field, San Francisco, CA
Walt Disney Design
5 inches

From wikipedia: Moffett Field, also known as Moffett Federal Airfield (IATA: NUQ, ICAO: KNUQ), is a joint civil-military airport located 3 miles (5 km) north of downtown Mountain View, near Sunnyvale, California, USA. The airport is near the south end of San Francisco Bay, north of San Jose. Formerly a United States Navy facility, the former naval air station is now owned and operated by the NASA Ames Research Center. Tenant military activities include the 129th Rescue Wing of the California Air National Guard, operating the HC-130 Hercules, MC-130 Combat Shadow and HH-60 Pave Hawk aircraft, as well as the adjacent Onizuka Air Force Station and Headquarters for the 7th Psychological Operations Group of the U.S. Army Reserve. NASA also operates several aircraft from Moffett.

By far the most famous and visible sites are hangars #1, #2, and #3, which dwarf the surrounding buildings. Hangar One is one of the world's largest[citation needed] freestanding structures, covering 8 acres (32,000 m2). Hangars #2 and #3 are significant more for their size than their unique styling or design. Hangar One is a Naval Historical Monument and the entire airfield is a United States Registered Historic District. In May 2008, The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Hangar One on their list of America's Most Endangered Places.

The NASA Ames site is home to several wind tunnels, including the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel (a National Historic Landmark), and the National Full-Scale Aerodynamic Complex (NFAC).


In 1931, the city of Sunnyvale acquired a 1,000 acre (4 km²) parcel of farmland bordering San Francisco Bay, then "sold" the parcel for $1 to the US government as a home base for the Navy airship USS Macon.

The location proved to be ideal for an airport, since the area is often clear while other parts of the San Francisco Bay are covered in fog. This is due to the Coast Range to the west which blocks the cold oceanic air which is the cause of San Francisco fog.

The base, originally named Airbase Sunnyvale CAL (it was thought that calling it Mountain View would cause officials to fear airships colliding with mountainsides), was accepted by the U.S. Navy on February 12, 1931 and dedicated NAS Sunnyvale on April 12, 1933. After the death of Rear Admiral William A. Moffett, who is credited with the creation of the airfield, in the loss of the USS Akron on April 4, 1933, the Naval Air Station was renamed NAS Moffett Field on September 1, 1933.

After the ditching of the Macon on February 12, 1935, and until 1941, the Navy transferred claimancy of Moffett Field to the War Department and the installation was under the control of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

In 1941, control of the facility was returned to the Navy as NAS Moffett Field. From the end of World War II until its closure, NAS Moffett Field saw the development and use of several generations of land-based anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol aircraft, including the Lockheed P2V Neptune and Lockheed P-3 Orion. Until the demise of the USSR  and for some time thereafter, daily anti-submarine sorties flew out from Moffett Field to patrol along the Pacific  coastline while Moffett's other squadrons and aircraft periodically deployed to other Pacific, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf bases for periods of up to six months.

Naval Air Station Alameda (NAS Alameda) was a United States Navy Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, on San Francisco Bay.[1]

NAS Alameda had two runways: 07-25 (8,000×200 ft) (2,438×61 m) and 13-31 (7,200×200 ft) (2,195×61 m). Two helicopter pads and a control tower were also part of the facilities.


Built on reclaimed land at the west end of Alameda Island, the site was acquired by the USAAC in 1930 but turned over to the Navy in 1936. During World War II, the USS Hornet (CV-8) was loaded with the 16 B-25s that would take part in the Doolittle Raid at NAS Alameda.

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