Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) aviation, with the largest and most complete collection of vintage aircraft flown by Marine pilots in the world.
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Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is the only Museum in the world dedicated to United States Marine Corps (USMC) aviation, with the largest and most complete collection of vintage aircraft flown by Marine pilots in the world. The Museum tells the proud story of USMC Aviation and the part it has played in defending America. Free Admission. Great for Kids. USMC former pilots and crew tell stories about the aircraft they flew.

The museum will be opening back up tomorrow!  Gates open at 9am.  Looking forward to seeing all of our amazing visitors ...
02/20/2020

The museum will be opening back up tomorrow! Gates open at 9am. Looking forward to seeing all of our amazing visitors soon 💕

VMFA-232 Red Devils are hard at work giving our F-4 Phantom a much needed paint job.  Look for her to be back at the mus...
02/12/2020

VMFA-232 Red Devils are hard at work giving our F-4 Phantom a much needed paint job. Look for her to be back at the museum next month! Thanks Red Devils!!

Excited for what our students create this year!  Please visit our website at www.flyingleathernecks.org for all the rule...
02/11/2020

Excited for what our students create this year! Please visit our website at www.flyingleathernecks.org for all the rules and submission process.

A HUGE Congratulations to Laura Whitney, an 8th Grade student from Torrey Egan of the Woodland Park Middle School.  One ...
02/11/2020

A HUGE Congratulations to Laura Whitney, an 8th Grade student from Torrey Egan of the Woodland Park Middle School. One of 6 winners from this year's essay contest, out of 1100 applicants. She was presented her award on behalf of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum by Major (ret) Glenn Ferguson. Way to Go!!

We are sorry for the inconvenience but the museum will be closed for a few days.  We will keep our website updated as we...
02/04/2020

We are sorry for the inconvenience but the museum will be closed for a few days. We will keep our website updated as well as updates to our social media sites.

Marine Wife Award and beautiful tribute to Irene Ferguson.  Please visit:  www.flyingleathernecks.org to nominate the sp...
01/31/2020
The Irene Ferguson Military Wife recognition awards highlights the strength and dedication of USMC wives -

Marine Wife Award and beautiful tribute to Irene Ferguson. Please visit: www.flyingleathernecks.org to nominate the special Marine Wife in your life!

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation’s Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award to honors and highlights the resiliency, strength, and dedication that USMC wife embodies as she supports our military men and women, families, and communities. The Flying Leatherneck H...

A little museum history...
01/31/2020

A little museum history...

Did you know that the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum was established in 1989 on MCAS El Toro?
When Base Realignment closed El Toro in 1999, a group of retired Marines from San Diego moved the Museum down, and has been one of the city’s hidden gems ever since. Come visit the Museum this weekend and explore over 31 aircraft currently on display!

Honored to have some possible future Marines visit the museum and learn a little about Marine Aviation.  #inspiringouryo...
01/30/2020

Honored to have some possible future Marines visit the museum and learn a little about Marine Aviation. #inspiringouryouth

Had the pleasure to host a group from Yuma today thru Tour West America.  Big Thanks to Steve Smith and Leon Simon from ...
01/24/2020

Had the pleasure to host a group from Yuma today thru Tour West America. Big Thanks to Steve Smith and Leon Simon from Restoration and BGen (ret) Mike Aguilar for sharing their expertise!

Loved having the students from Joan McQueen Middle School visit the museum yesterday!  Mike Wifler gave them a great rec...
01/24/2020

Loved having the students from Joan McQueen Middle School visit the museum yesterday! Mike Wifler gave them a great recap on Marine Aviation and all of the treasurers hidden in the museum.

Great to have the crew from KUSI at the museum to spotlight the Flying Leathernecks on 4 segments on Sunday.  Come on do...
01/20/2020

Great to have the crew from KUSI at the museum to spotlight the Flying Leathernecks on 4 segments on Sunday. Come on down and see what the hype is all about!!

Great event happening January 25th in support of Honor Flight San Diego.  Several museum supporters were involved in thi...
01/17/2020

Great event happening January 25th in support of Honor Flight San Diego. Several museum supporters were involved in this amazing project.

Night at the museum
01/11/2020

Night at the museum

A few of our most precious resources, our AMAZING volunteers!!  Please consider joining this fun organization.  Give Kri...
01/09/2020

A few of our most precious resources, our AMAZING volunteers!! Please consider joining this fun organization. Give Kristie a call at 858-693-1723

This is such a special program, initiated several years ago by Major Glenn Ferguson to honor his wife and all that she m...
01/08/2020

This is such a special program, initiated several years ago by Major Glenn Ferguson to honor his wife and all that she meant to him, his career and the Marine Corps. Please consider nominating a Marine Wife that you see making a difference in the lives of those around her. Please visit our website at www.flyingleathernecks.org for more details and to nominate your special Marine Wife.

We love seeing families roam the museum grounds.  Encouraging a love of aviation and history from a young age!
01/08/2020

We love seeing families roam the museum grounds. Encouraging a love of aviation and history from a young age!

We will be CLOSED Sunday December 22nd due to a base wide power outage.  We will he open December 24th from 9-12 and reg...
12/19/2019

We will be CLOSED Sunday December 22nd due to a base wide power outage. We will he open December 24th from 9-12 and regular hours (9-3:30) on December 26th and 27th.

12/16/2019
Santa is Here!  Come see us
12/14/2019

Santa is Here! Come see us

Santa and the Elf!  Come see us at the museum until 2 today
12/14/2019

Santa and the Elf! Come see us at the museum until 2 today

Our first Santa visitor 🎅🏽
12/14/2019

Our first Santa visitor 🎅🏽

Iconic CH-46 is open ready for visitors!!
12/14/2019

Iconic CH-46 is open ready for visitors!!

F-18 ready to roll!  Come on out and climb in
12/14/2019

F-18 ready to roll! Come on out and climb in

Santa’s coming!!!!   10-2 TODAY!  Free Event
12/14/2019

Santa’s coming!!!! 10-2 TODAY! Free Event

Great event at the museum Saturday, December 14th!
12/06/2019

Great event at the museum Saturday, December 14th!

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation
11/27/2019

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, we want to take the time to thank our amazing volunteers for all their hard work. Our volunteers are truly the backbone of the organization. If you're interested in joining us, fill out the application at the link below. As a reminder in observance of the holiday, we will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28. https://flyingleathernecks.org/contribute/volunteer/

Cub Scout visit over the weekend to earn badges!  Interviewing one of our favorite docents, Richard Toettcher, who is a ...
11/20/2019

Cub Scout visit over the weekend to earn badges! Interviewing one of our favorite docents, Richard Toettcher, who is a Vietnam Vet and getting a lesson from him on how an airplane works.

Did you know the museum is collecting for Toys for Tots?  Stop in and see us
11/17/2019

Did you know the museum is collecting for Toys for Tots? Stop in and see us

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation
11/16/2019

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation

Did you know that the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum hosts school tours? Students can view our historical aircraft up close, while hearing stories directly from veterans. Find out more by visiting the following link: https://flyingleathernecks.org/education/

Every time I’m around the Lady Ace, I learn a little more!
11/14/2019

Every time I’m around the Lady Ace, I learn a little more!

Loved having the Miramar Young Marines visit the museum this weekend!
11/13/2019

Loved having the Miramar Young Marines visit the museum this weekend!

11/12/2019
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Great message from Major General Iiams. Video features several of our restoration crew

This Veterans Day, U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams, the commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, thanks veterans of all ages and backgrounds for the contributions they made to our military services.

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation
11/10/2019

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation

This year, the United States Marine Corps proudly celebrates 244 years of fighting and winning battles for our Nation. Happy birthday USMC! Celebrate with us today at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum - we're open from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. #happybirthday #semperfi

VMFA-122 are the Flying Leathernecks.  The newest F-35 squadron in Yuma
11/08/2019

VMFA-122 are the Flying Leathernecks. The newest F-35 squadron in Yuma

MGT Club and Flying Leatgernecks! 🎉🎉. What a great group and of course, our Mike Wifler, doing his thing!!
11/07/2019

MGT Club and Flying Leatgernecks! 🎉🎉. What a great group and of course, our Mike Wifler, doing his thing!!

Love our Restoration Crew!
10/31/2019

Love our Restoration Crew!

We were so honored to host SgtMaj David McKinley on his retirement after 26 years of service to our Nation and the Marin...
10/25/2019

We were so honored to host SgtMaj David McKinley on his retirement after 26 years of service to our Nation and the Marine Corps. Best of luck to him and his family on their next adventure!

Gilbert Sanchez from the RFO6 crew stopped in to show his parents around the museum and the BEAUTIFUL bird his guys pain...
10/17/2019

Gilbert Sanchez from the RFO6 crew stopped in to show his parents around the museum and the BEAUTIFUL bird his guys painted for us during their reunion in August.

Anakaren Villegas was awarded the “Top Gun” award at GC Services.  They visited the museum for a photo op in front of ou...
10/17/2019

Anakaren Villegas was awarded the “Top Gun” award at GC Services. They visited the museum for a photo op in front of our freshly painted VMFA-314 F/A-18. Love all of our special visitors!

So Honored to host VMO-6.  Full of great history and quite a few characters!  Thanks for spending your afternoon with us
10/16/2019

So Honored to host VMO-6. Full of great history and quite a few characters! Thanks for spending your afternoon with us

Boy Scout Troop 444 from Menafee visited us today.  The TBM has found her home as the centerpiece of our grounds
10/11/2019

Boy Scout Troop 444 from Menafee visited us today. The TBM has found her home as the centerpiece of our grounds

We had some guests from England this morning and Mike gave them the “royal” tour!  The Lady Ace never disappoints
10/10/2019

We had some guests from England this morning and Mike gave them the “royal” tour! The Lady Ace never disappoints

Address

4203 Anderson Avenue
San Diego, CA
92145

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 15:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 15:30
Thursday 09:00 - 15:30
Friday 09:00 - 15:30
Saturday 09:00 - 15:30
Sunday 09:00 - 15:30

Telephone

(858) 693-1723

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I think I should send you some of my prints so you can hang in the museum!
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