CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 |
A 266-foot experimental airship that is being constructed inside an enormous World War II-era blimp hangar in Tustin was damaged Monday when a portion of the structure's roof collapsed. Falling wood from the roof struck the $35-million airship, a prototype being built under a government contract, and caused a blast of helium to be released, forcing the evacuation of the area. Officials with Worldwide Aeros Corp. said the damage to the airship is "repairable" but declined to be specific.
February 3, 2012 |
Worldwide Aeros Corp., a Montebello developer and maker of blimps used for surveillance, advertising and transport, is celebrating 25 years of building “lighter than air” aircraft. The company was founded by Igor Pasternak, 47, in 1987 in the Ukraine. He immigrated to U.S. in 1993 and continued to built the business in Southern California. Later this year, the company expects to complete and demonstrate its most ambitious project yet: a new cargo aircraft being built for the Pentagon using technology that would enable multi-ton shipments to be transported via a blimp-like craft.
March 16, 2012 |
Worldwide Aeros Corp., the Montebello developer and maker of blimps used for surveillance, advertising and transport, opened a 45,000-square-foot engineering facility to house work underway on a mammoth 66-ton rigid airship. The company is expanding in part to build the blimp-like aircraft, which would travel at about 120 mph and could take off and land vertically. The idea is that the airship will ferry multi-ton cargo loads back and forth for the military. The new facility, adjacent to Aeros' headquarters and dubbed the Center of Innovation, opened Tuesday in a ceremony attended by state politicians.
November 8, 2009 |
The gig: Igor Pasternak, 45, is the founder and chief executive of Worldwide Aeros Corp., a Montebello-based developer and maker of blimps used for surveillance, advertising and transport. Childhood: Pasternak grew up in Lviv, a Ukrainian city of 700,000 near the Polish border in the former Soviet Union. It was his childhood dream to become an airship designer after he saw pictures of blimps in a magazine. "It was something that I fell in love with right away," he said.
September 1, 2012 |
Not since the waning days of World War II have the mammoth wooden blimp hangars at the former military base in Tustin seen as much airship manufacturing work as they do today. Inside the 17-story structures that rise above southern Orange County, Worldwide Aeros Corp. is building a blimp-like airship designed for the military to carry tons of cargo to remote areas around the world. "Nobody has ever tried to do what we're doing here," Chief Executive Igor Pasternak said of the 265-foot skeleton being transformed into the cargo airship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1997 |
With sparks flying from blowtorches and cranes moving steel beams, the gigantic hangar that used to house B-52 bombers is now filled with workers building temporary classrooms. "They've been going like gangbusters," said Richard Martin, a former Air Force wing commander who oversees operations at what used to be Castle Air Force Base. "The plant produces about 20 of these modular units per day. They're going out of here day and night."