Nearly everyone in flourishing Orange County agrees we have a compelling need for a world-class airport.
Most proposed airport sites are pretty far out, literally. Offshore locations costing billions of dollars have been suggested. Leveling hills to the northeast has been suggested and, of course, there's always El Toro.
Imagine (a new) Orange County Airport, right in the middle of Orange County. Two parallel, 12,000-foot-long runways with unobstructed approaches in both directions would make the new airport the talk of the flying world. There would be ample room for terminals and plenty of land for an airport industrial area.
We citizens already own three-quarters of the land we'll need for the new airport. We own John Wayne Airport and we own the Marine Corps Helicopter Air Station in Tustin. We'd need to purchase the strip of land joining these two fields, something less than 500 acres from Barranca Parkway to the airport, bordered by Red Hill Avenue on the west and Armstrong Avenue on the east.