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Tustin US Marine Corps Air Station

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2013.


Tustin US Marine Corps Air Station has been decommissioned and was closed in July 1999. While now a virtual ghost town, the two large blimp hangars tower over the now deserted military base. The hangars are still used for the occasional film project and prior to closing, the famous Goodyear blimp was serviced here twice a year. There is much controversy over the future of the base, some interests want to develop the site, others make it into a park. There is a study to use the north hangar as the world's largest military museum. Most people want these huge blimp hangars protected, but the south hangar may be demolished.

Site History: Tustin Marine Corps Air Station was first commissioned in 1942, with the Navy Lighter Than Air (LTA) Blimps. The Air Station was decommissioned in 1949, but recommissioned in 1951 as Santa Ana Marine Corps Air Facility. In 1985, the Base was renamed Tustin Marine Corps Air Station. The Base was used to train and support helicopter squadrons. The Base was closed in July 1999 as a part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

The two 18-story-high hangars were built along with the base and took only 60 days to build. . They are each 1000 feet long ,151 feet high (some say 171), almost 300 feet wide. It is said that the structures are so large, that the hangars produce their own weather and it can rain inside the hangars.

Located in the City of Tustin in Orange County, California. Between Interstate 5 and Interstate 405. Bounded by East Edinger Avenue on the northeast, Barranca Parkway on the southwest, Red Hill Avenue on the northwest and Jamboree Road on the southeast. Access is restricted and street parking is limited.

Other blimp hangars are located at Moffett Field near Santa Clara.


Photo Date: 8-21-04.
South Hangar, North Hangar from east
South Hangar, North Hangar from east.
South Hangar from east
South Hangar from east.
South Hangar from east
South Hangar from east.
South Hangar from south
South Hangar from south.
North Hangar, South Hangar from south
North Hangar, South Hangar from south.
North Hangar from north
North Hangar from north.
South Hangar from north
South Hangar from north.
North Hangar from north
North Hangar from north.
South Hangar, North Hangar
South Hangar and North Hangar from east.
North Hangar from east
North Hangar from east.
North Hangar
North Hangar.
South Hangar
South Hangar.
South Hangar
South Hangar.
South Hangar
South Hangar.
South Hangar
South Hangar.
North Hangar from north
North Hangar from north.
South Hangar from north
South Hangar from north.
South Hangar from north
South Hangar from north.

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