SRT75 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3905 times:
It was the El Toro Marine Base. The Base has been closed, so it is no longer used as an airfield.
It was proposed as a civil aviation airport to relieve congestion at LAX and deal with the SNA pax cap. There was a summer when they were flying "test" flight in and out of the airport to get noise readings.
Local opposition prevailed, and I now believe most of it is to be demolished and turned into a park.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3899 times:
It is an old Naval Air Station, then, I believe, a Marine Corps Air Station. They used to have an arrival (and maybe departure) corridor that overflew open grassland in the hills between the NAS and, say, Dana Point. I'm sure that area has filled up with $$$$ houses by now.
As to the southern California politics, I'll leave that to a local to explain.
Suffice it to say that the self-indulgent, spoiled people of Orange County raised NIMBY from a cutesy acronym to an art, science and religion.
One of the ironies of "John Wayne" airport (KSNA) is that The Duke himself, who lived off the end, on Balboa Island, was one of the biggest noise complainers.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3547 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3885 times:
It was built a long time ago, and used for many years. It was closed like most military air fields, due to budget cuts and the end of the cold war. It served it's life and now there (according to the local people against using it as a reliever) is no use for it.