2023-11-09 23:01:50 UTC
It was the northern-sited one of the those two massive hangers that burned to the ground on Tuesday; its southern twin still stands, thank Heavens.
If you never been in Orange County, California, you probably don't realize that these two iconic structures could be seen in the distance over a great part of the expansive (and mostly flat in that area) SoCal county.
I've see it said they were each dirigible barns; I believe that is incorrect, though their elongated shape certainly suggests it; my limited understanding is that the U.S. Navy, still owner of the property, only flew blimps (at least after that oh-the-humanity! evening on a Lakehurst, New Jersey tarmac on Thursday, May 6, 1937*).
Beholding yet aother time these remarkable World War II-era structures looming in the distance whilst reporting over Southland radio stations from the Orange County freeways (for Metro Traffic during the mid-'80s) was ALWAYS a highlight of every workday I was assigned a southern-freeways beat by Metro's Vine St.-based anchors up in Hollywood.
Next time you're motoring around Orange County, be sure to gaze toward the Tustin horizon to see that remaining southern hangar--while you've still got the chance.
* The date on which (legally-cleared, but twice-convicted) quadruple-killer Hurricane Carter was born, as it happens.