Santa Ana Army Air Base

Construction Began October 23, 1941.  Activated on February 31, 1942.  Deactivated on March 31, 1946.  Approximately 800 structures.

  • 28 Convalescent Hospital Wards
  • 18 School Buildings
  • 4 Chapels
  • 4 Theaters
  • 1337 acre site
  • 33 miles of water lines
  • A reservoir.
  • 31 miles of electric lines.
  • 39 miles of paved roads.

Only base used for pre-flight training of pilots, navigators, and bombardiers.  Approximately 147,000 entered.  Large contributor to the growth of Orange County and Southern California.  Current use of the site consists of the following

  • Orange Coast College
  • Southern California College
  • Costa Mesa High School
  • Maude Davis School
  • City of Costa Mesa Civic Center
  • The Air National Guard
  • The Orange County Fairgrounds
  • TeWinkle Park

The Santa Ana Army Air Base was designated as an Orange County Local Historical Civil Engineering Landmark in 1996 and a bronze plaque was presented at the Orange County Fairgrounds that year.

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