John Wayne Airport (IATA: SNA, ICAO: KSNA, FAA LID: SNA) is an int'l airport in Orange County, California USA, with its mailing address in the city of Santa Ana, hence the IATA airport code. Originally named Orange County Airport, it renamed in 1979 to honor actor John Wayne, who lived in neighboring Newport Beach. John Wayne Airport was the second busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles area. The first airstrip on the grounds was constructed in 1923, when Eddie Martin signed a five-year lease with James Irvine to operate a flying school. Martin added the first hangar in 1926. In 1935 Howard Hughes staged his world speed record-setting flight from the Eddie Martin Airport. After serving as a military base during World War II, the Santa Ana Army Airfield was returned by the federal government to the County with the stipulation that it remain open to all kinds of aviation uses.