Google founders want to restore Moffett hangar

FILE - A Navy P-3 plane is on display in front of a hanger at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

December 9, 2011 6:20:51 PM PST
A company controlled by the founders of Google has offered to pay the full cost of preserving a hangar at Moffett Field in Mountain View.

Hangar 1, as it's known, is contaminated with toxic chemicals and scheduled for demolition. It's now owned by NASA and the Google founders keep eight private jets there.

It used to house blimps for the Navy when it was the Moffett Field Naval Air Station.

Thursday, the company announced it would pay 100 percent of the restoration costs, estimated at $33 million.

NASA has yet to respond.