Thursday, September 13, 2012

Naval Air Station

The Air Station was established in 1942 as Naval Air Station Santa Ana, a base for airship operations in support of the United States Navy's coastal patrol efforts during World War II. NAS Santa Ana was decommissioned in 1949.

In 1951, the facility was reactivated as Marine Corps Air Station Santa Ana to support the Korean War. It was the country's first air facility developed solely for helicopter operations. It was renamed Marine Corps Air Station Tustin in the early 1980s.

In 1993, the blimp hangars were designated National Civil Engineering Landmarks by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Operational closure of the base occurred in July 1999.

Hangar construction at LTA Base, 1943.

Hangar with 6 airships, LTA Base, 1940's.

Church and Airship, LTA Base, 1944.

Aerial view of the LTA Base, December 22, 1960.

LINK: More photos at the Orange County Public Library.

1 comment:

Major Pepperidge said...

The photo with the six blimps inside the hangar is pretty incredible!