The good news is that several other SAAAB buildings still stand at the fair grounds. One of them is a two-story and nearly as nice as the Admin. Building. I hope they plan to hang on to (and maybe even restore) this building -- which is now clearly the best remaining bit of SAAAB.The photo below is the same building from another angle. What a great building. Too bad it's covered in stucco. I suspect the original wood siding is hiding underneath.The 11 historical plaques in front of this building include one from the O.C. Historical Commission, which reads,
Santa Ana Army Air Base Site. Memorial Garden established 1954. The Air Base was one of the largest of its kind in the nation. It was activiated in February of 1942. Pilots trained here for Europe and the Pacific during World War II.Another plaque reads,
Santa Ana Army Air Base Construction AccomplishmentsAnd yet another plaque, from the American Society of Civil Engineers, marks the SAAAB as an "Orange County Historic Civil Engineering Landmark."
3 months, site approval to ground breaking.
4 months to start of training of 5,000 cadets.
14 months, ground breaking to 3,000,000 sq. ft. in 800 buildings housing 26,000 cadets on 1,337 acres.
33 miles of waterlines, reservoir, 2 wells.
31 miles of electrical lines, 39 miles of paved roads, 28 miles of sewer.
The next two photos show two more small SAAAB buildings that still stand at the Fairgrounds. I could not find any others. If you know of another one, please let me know.