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April 26, 1992 | PATRICK MOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They hated it. It was purgatory with orange blossoms, tantalizing them with the promise of wings, humbling them with the threat of failure. Learn today or ship out tomorrow. Think fast. Function immediately. Run everywhere. Take one misstep and wash out in disgrace. Cut it and earn a chance to wash out someplace else. But they smile about it now, and fondly. Today, the Santa Ana Army Air Base is their old friend, their protector.
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April 26, 1992 | PATRICK MOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They hated it. It was purgatory with orange blossoms, tantalizing them with the promise of wings, humbling them with the threat of failure. Learn today or ship out tomorrow. Think fast. Function immediately. Run everywhere. Take one misstep and wash out in disgrace. Cut it and earn a chance to wash out someplace else. But they smile about it now, and fondly. Today, the Santa Ana Army Air Base is their old friend, their protector.
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May 2, 1993
Fifty years ago this June, I was stationed at the Santa Ana Army Air Base (now the fairgrounds) for my aviation cadet classification and preflight training. About 10 a.m. on a clear day, four P-38s from what is now John Wayne Airport were "jumped" by four F-4Us. We now know they were Marine Corps planes from El Toro. A roaring dogfight ensued. Minutes later more P-38s joined, then more F-4Us. The sky was filled with roaring, maneuvering fighter planes--maybe 30 or more. Everyone at the Santa Ana Army Air Base was outside peering skyward.
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January 9, 1993
Virginia Haugh Castle, 89, Orange County community service volunteer who was a past president of the National Assistance League and state winner of the league's prestigious Ann Banning award. Mrs. Castle began her volunteer work with the Red Cross at the Santa Ana Army Air Base hospital during World War II, setting up the first recreation program for patients returning from combat.
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November 15, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
In a city not known for having a large number of historical buildings, officials are setting out to preserve the ones that remain. "The fact is that most of the historical buildings in the city have been destroyed," Mayor Joe Erickson said. "It would be nice if we have something left." To that end, the city staff has surveyed Costa Mesa, seeking buildings deemed to be of historical significance. In total, the city survey declared there are about three dozen sites worth preserving.
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December 30, 1994
The Westminster Fire Department has taken on the added duties of code enforcement in a six-month experiment to determine if the action is effective and could save the city some money. It's too early to say if the idea is working, but based on statistics for November, the Fire Department's four-man team has been kept busy. Complaints about trash and debris were the most numerous, followed by banner and sign violation issues, particularly in the Little Saigon area. But Donald C.
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March 23, 1990 | JANICE L. JONES
More than 40 years have passed since the Santa Ana Army Air Base shut down shortly after the end of World War II, and there are few reminders of its physical existence. But the base lives on in the memories of those who trained there as pilots, navigators and bombardiers, and on Saturday several hundred of them will gather for a reunion. Members of the base's original military band will be there too, playing big-band music from the 1940s.
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June 3, 2013 | By Bradley Zint
A onetime Army barracks that was later dedicated to those who served in World War II is slated to be demolished to make room for the expansion of a popular Orange County concert venue. The Memorial Gardens Building is scheduled to be demolished later this year to clear space for a new entrance plaza to the renovated Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. "For a lot of us, it's very sad," said Bob Palazzola, president of the Costa Mesa Historical Society.
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November 17, 1990 | TONY MARCANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dr. Norman Nixon, a longtime resident who had long and distinguished careers in both pediatric medicine and psychiatry, died here Nov. 9 of a stroke. He was 91. Nixon, a native of Burlington, Iowa, started his medical career in Los Angeles, where he served on the staff of Los Angeles Children's Hospital before moving on to private practice in pediatrics in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.
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April 28, 1987 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
The main runway at John Wayne Airport was closed about 35 minutes Monday while the Sheriff's Department bomb squad removed an unarmed, World War II-era marker bomb that was unearthed by a construction crew. The bomb, which was found about 20 yards from the main runway, was taken to El Toro Marine Corps Air Station for disposal. "There was no way it would cause any harm or damage to anyone," said Gunnery Sgt. Peg Cauley.
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