Blimp Hanger From Closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station
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One of two closed Blimp Hangers at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, located in Tustin, California.
Marine Corps Air Station El Toro was a United States Marine Corps Air Station located near Irvine, California. Before it was decommissioned in 1999, it was the 4,682 acres home of Marine Corps aviation on the West Coast. Designated as a Master Jet Station, its four runways could handle the largest aircraft in the U.S. military inventory. While it was active, all U.S. Presidents in the post-World War II era landed in Air Force One at this airfield. The El Toro "Flying Bull" patch was designed by Walt Disney Studios in 1944. It survived virtually unchanged until the close of the Air Station.
The Blimp Hangers each measure 1,072 feet (327 m) long by 292 feet (89 m) wide by 192 feet (59 m) tall. The two structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks. Built in 1942 of Oregon Douglas fir, these structures are among the largest freestanding wooden structures in the world.
This hanger had a partial roof collapse in October 2013. In the background you can see a crane helping to hold up some of the roof area. This damaged hangar, is the best preserved of the two, and is slated to be handed over to Orange County as the centerpiece of a proposed 85-acre regional park. Now county leaders say they are worried about inheriting a building that could cost millions to maintain or refurbish and no longer has a practical use.
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August 24th, 2015
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