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B1 Lancer El Toro Marine Base California

Nadine and Bob Johnston

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South San Francisco, CA - United States

Great capture and plane! F/V

Gilbert, AZ - United States

Air shows are great opportunities to see those amazing war birds up close. Nice capture!

Brooklyn Park, MN - United States

I love this... It brings a warm feeling inside me of times in history... Fave / vote

Cottonwood, Ar - United States

We love it, when members post our images on Facebook, Stumble, G+ and PIN our images, a Special Thanks to You

Halifax, NS - Canada

Wow! Faved nice to see this image again!!

Hamilton, On - Canada

I am always amazed to see them fly, to be on board is pure joy to me!

Toronto, ON - Canada

Nice airplane, voted for Artists News thread

Tampa, FL - United States

Very nice!

Farmington, NM - United States

Nice image...v

Walsall, We - United Kingdom

Great image of an impressive aircraft. v/ff

High Point, NC - United States

Great photo of Americans enjoying a day at the air show! Love the B-1.Enjoyed the description.V

Portland, OR - United States

I love this image. It's colorful and texture are wonderful, voted

Philadelphia, PA - United States

Love the effect, v

Chicago, IL - United States

Wonderful shot!! v/f and tweeted!

Prattsville, NY - United States

Great shot. v/f

Farmington, NM - United States

NICE IMAGE...V

Dallas, TX - United States

Nicely captured!

Seattle, WA - United States

Wow!!! Got my Vote and Tweet!!!! Marcie

Clarence, NY - United States

Great image.v

Weymouth, No - Canada

Excellent picture, Bob!

Tucson, AZ - United States

Wonderful capture! v

Union Dale, PA - United States

Voted ... Elaine

Pune - India

Nicely done!V

Simi Valley, CA - United States

Nice capture and work, Bob!! v

Cottonwood, Ar - United States

THIS is a Scan of a 4x6 Print from decades ago, which was badly faded. Working on this, used the blur tool in Photoshop on the Faces and clothing of the spectators so they would not be recognized and the RV's etc in the background that were very sharp..... Then adjusted the Lancer to look its best and sharpened it... Did not have the original negative. Unfortunately when we moved into the RV full time, after paying storage for years, we decided to just get rid of it. Forgot the negatives were in storage....

New Orleans, LA - United States

Bob, interesting history and capture! voted

Fruita, CO - United States

very cool v

Fort Worth, TX - United States

very cool retro feel to it. v

Greensboro, NC - United States

Fantastic capture and enjoyed reading the history of Station, f/v.

Boise, ID - United States

voted .f Outstanding work and capture !

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B1 Lancer El Toro Marine Base California

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Nadine and Bob Johnston

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Marine Corps Air Station El Toro was a United States Marine Corps Air Station located near Irvine, California.
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In May 1942, Lieutenant Colonel William Fox was directed to select the sites for all of the Marine Corps' West Coast air stations. Fox sought the most expeditious and low cost option and thus chose the already existing airports of El Centro, Mojave and Santa Barbara. For the fourth station he chose land that had previously been looked at by the Navy for a blimp base. The Marine Corps gave the owner of the land, a farmer named James Irvine Sr., $100,000 for 4,000 acres including 1,600 acres designated for a blimp base. Construction of MCAS El Toro began on August 3, 1942... At that time it contained the largest lima bean field in North America. The name El Toro came from the nearby small community which in 1940 only had a population of 130 people.
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Before it was decommissioned in 1999, it was the 4,682 acres home of Marine Corps aviation on the West Coast. Designated as a Master Jet Station, its four runways (two of 8,000 feet and two of 10,000 feet) could handle the largest aircraft in the U.S. military inventory. While it was active, all U.S. Presidents in the post-World War II era landed in Air Force One at this airfield. The El Toro "Flying Bull" patch was designed by Walt Disney Studios in 1944. It survived virtually unchanged until the close of the Air Station.

The land area originally taken by the air station is planned to be converted into a large recreational center, the Orange County Great Park.

The site is currently used as a filming location, including the test track for the United States version of BBC's Top Gear franchise.

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