I was driving around San Beranardino yesterday when I happened upon a huge airport that was all but abandoned. I knew Norton Air Force base had once been in this area, but had never happened upon it. There's lots of abandoned buildings and apartment complexes overgrown with weeds.
I saw a forlorn white 727 with engines removed and a Southern Air 747-200 behind a hangar, so I thought I would explore this airport a little. I turned into a wide boulevard (three lanes one-way) with a huge virtually empty parking lot on either side. It curved in front of a terminal building, proudly proclaiming "San Bernardino International Airport" which looked pretty modern, yet again empty. It really looked like a good size civilian airport that's never been used. Very spooky.
I nosed around some more and saw an abandoned fast food restaurant (Andy's Burgers) and a row of about seven tattered AA 727s. I'll have to wait until I get a good sunset and take a pic of these.
My guess is that someone tried to re-purpose the abandoned base as a civil airport and it didn't do well, being so close to ONT and all. Was/is civilian service ever conducted there? Or is it just a place to park abandoned aircraft? There's a few military people around, but no military jets.