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Blimp Hangars Highlighted in History Video

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Fareed Guyot
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#1 Posted: 4/30/2010 11:43:51 Modified: 4/30/2010 14:11:21

 In 1942, the war department built two of the largest wooden structures in the world at the Santa Ana Naval Air Station in Tustin, California. The Tustin lighter-than-air (LTA) base housed blimps that flew coastal antisubmarine patrols armed with bombs and depth charges. Blimps were part of the coastal defenses during WWII, and Tustin was one of two LTA bases that guarded the West Coast. The base site is slowly being developed now, but the city of Tustin has produced a video that conveys the mammoth size of these hangars and their mission.


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Click to watch the video .

 

 



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Anthony Goetz
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#2 Posted: 5/2/2010 17:02:41

Very nice Fareed, thank you!

I've lived my whole life within a short drive of these hangars and they inspire awe every time I see them. I just drove by them on my way home from the store not even an hour before I came across your post. A corner of the former base is covered in a shopping center and when you come around the corner of part of the complex, you're face to face with one of the hangars less than a hundred yards away. I had no idea the base was active as recently as 1996. I don't remember seeing flight activity there as a kid, and when I drive around the base these days it looks like it's been abandoned for decades. It's sad, really, and I hope the hangars will be around for a long time. It's claimed that "at least one" of the hangars will be preserved, but the video doesn't make it sound like many people are particularly attached to them and that's the impression I've gotten as a local. They might both be on borrowed time.

At least we're assured that "the phase out and development will be a positive benefit far in excess of the original MCAS."  Most definitely. More fast food places and big box stores, with cookie-cutter houses. Maybe they'll include a couple golf courses like they did (just up the freeway) at Mile Square Park when they demolished the last vestiges of the naval runways a few years ago. Used to be great for R/C and model rocket launches.

 

-Tony



Fareed Guyot
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#3 Posted: 5/4/2010 21:58:26
Thanks for the great information!

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#4 Posted: 5/23/2010 16:20:46

My Dad was a blimp pilot in late WWII and in the reserves afterward.  He was stationed at Santa Anna, among others.  we probably have home movies from back then floating around somewhere.



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#5 Posted: 5/25/2010 13:09:25
Thomas Steber wrote:

 

My Dad was a blimp pilot in late WWII and in the reserves afterward.  He was stationed at Santa Anna, among others.  we probably have home movies from back then floating around somewhere.

 

Hi Thomas,

Is your father still with us?  Sounds like he's a perfect candidate for at Timeless Voices interview if he is. 

Zack

 



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