Here in sunny Southern California, (Orange County to be exact) is a unique part of our countries aviation heritage.
Way back in the 1930's, blimps were still used by the USN for coastal and ASW patrols. Some time in that decade, congress allocated funds to build a west coast blimp base.
The location chosen is in todays city of Tustin, just a couple miles north of John Wayne Airport. Back in the 30's, the busy OC/John Wayne airport was a simple rural dirt runway airfield. It is also located a mile or so away from the El Toro Marine Corps Airbase.
In the 1950's, this base was converted to a helicopter airfield. In the 1990's, it was decommisioned in the first phase of base realignments and closures. The El Toro airbase closed several years later.
Whats striking about this airbase is the blimp hangers. "Leviathan", "Gigantic" and "Massive" are words to describe them. The hangers, built in 1942, at a cost of $2.5 million each, are 1,088 feet long, 178 feet high and 297 feet wide. Even the excellent Tustin Brewery down the road has named one of the their beers after them, "Blimp Hanger Porter".
Heres a couple of web sites for more info:
The first set of pix I took this weekend, are from the east side of the closed base. To give you some sort of scale, the first pix was taken under normal zoom, and I'm almost 1/2 mile away