Marine Corps Air Station El Toro

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In 1943, the finishing touches on El Toro's construction turned a bean field into one of the country's finest military air stations. Located in a quiet valley at the base of the Saddleback Mountains and only a few miles from the PacificOcean, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro stood proud and tall on behalf of the U.S. military for 57 years and four wars.In this publication dedicated to the history of the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro, with a sub-section covering MCAS Tustin, Thomas O'Hara presents a detailed account of the installation's achievements and activities during the entire period of its service to the U.S. military. Over 200 images—from photos of the first Woman Reserve Officers in 1943 to documentation of the annual airshow—illustrate the base's history from its role in World War II through Desert Storm.
ISBN: 9780738501864
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Thomas O'Hara, a former marine corps pilot, is currently the director and curator of the El Toro Aviation Museum and a colonel in the USMCR. As MCAS El Toro prepares to close in July 1999, O'Hara's photographic history pays a well-deserved tribute to the men and women who supported the air station during its period of active duty.
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