Santa Clara Valley Lives: Moffett Federal Airfield stays busy over years


Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Journalist Robin Chapman and her father, William Ashley Chapman, pose at Moffett Field with his Cessna 152, March 25, 1987, the day they took their only flight together.

The recent visit of the president of the United States – also known as POTUS – to our region brought Air Force One to Moffett Federal Airfield, a facility known to pilots by the code initials NUQ. In recent years, U.S. presidents often have used NUQ, as it is the closest runway to Silicon Valley.

Moffett has played host to a range of important aircraft since it was completed in 1933 – from the Navy dirigible USS Akron to the Blue Angels and today’s Google fleet. Actor James Stewart earned his Air Corps wings there in 1941. During the Cold War, Moffett was home to the Navy’s P-3 Orions, whose squadrons hunted Russian submarines in the Pacific. As tensions eased in the 1980s, NUQ also hosted a civil aviation flying club for veterans like my father.

Local salon owner hosts fundraiser in support of pediatric cancer patients

Therapy Salon owner Sarah Zebb is set to host “Spirit Day” this weekend, her ninth annual fundraiser to help find a cure for cancer.

The event, scheduled 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Therapy, 660 Fremont Ave. in Los Altos, will benefit cancer patients through the nonprofit Unravel Pediatric Cancer.

PA Humane Society's Daisy's Day raises money for vet services

The Palo Alto Humane Society’s annual Daisy’s Day fundraiser is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

The event supports the veterinary needs of pets in underserved families throughout the Peninsula, raising money for sick and injured animals serviced by the Palo Alto Humane Society, which includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. One of the Humane Society’s goals is to provide emergency veterinary services for pets whose owners may not have funds for lifesaving intervention.

Town Crier seeks spooky stories

Halloween is right around the corner – and so is the Town Crier’s annual Spooky Stories contest.

We’re offering storytellers of all ages the opportunity to weave a Halloween-themed tale in under 400 words.

Local events tackle housing, homelessness

Two upcoming local events address the issues of housing and homelessness.

• Santa Clara County’s Continuum of Care has scheduled a community meeting centering on a county plan to end homelessness 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Silicon Valley Community Foundation offices, 2440 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

LAHS student organizes storytelling event set for Saturday at library

Making a return after nearly three years, the Los Altos Library’s storytelling festival for all ages is scheduled 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. 


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