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.

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.

Paint looks GREAT and should be back to the museum soon.
06/06/2019

Paint looks GREAT and should be back to the museum soon.

Cleaned up, repainted and ready for the Black Knight’s markings.  More updates to come...
05/29/2019

Cleaned up, repainted and ready for the Black Knight’s markings. More updates to come...

This weekend is the first OPEN COCKPIT weekend at the museum.  Come on out and visit us!  It’s ALWAYS free
05/25/2019

This weekend is the first OPEN COCKPIT weekend at the museum. Come on out and visit us! It’s ALWAYS free

Stop in and see our restoration crew at the Midway this weekend!
05/25/2019

Stop in and see our restoration crew at the Midway this weekend!

Another F/A-18 getting a little refresh!  She will be back at the museum soon.
05/24/2019

Another F/A-18 getting a little refresh! She will be back at the museum soon.

The recipient of the 2019 Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award is Amber Loveless-Bowman.  In honor of his late w...
05/23/2019

The recipient of the 2019 Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award is Amber Loveless-Bowman. In honor of his late wife, Glenn Ferguson presented Amber with this award on May 22nd at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.

Local artists spent the day at the museum today, painting the CH-53
05/18/2019

Local artists spent the day at the museum today, painting the CH-53

Stop by Fridays to visit these seasoned docents and see what the museum has to offer.  The Working Dog exhibit will be u...
05/16/2019

Stop by Fridays to visit these seasoned docents and see what the museum has to offer. The Working Dog exhibit will be up thru the end of the year.

Changes are coming!  Linda is prepping the area that will display the artwork for our Student Art Contest.  Please visit...
05/16/2019

Changes are coming! Linda is prepping the area that will display the artwork for our Student Art Contest. Please visit our website for contest details: www.flyinglearhernecks.org. Or call Kristie at 858-693-1723. Deadline for submissions is June 7th.

Off she goes for some TLC
05/15/2019

Off she goes for some TLC

Our own, Mike Wifler, representing the museum at the MCAA event
05/14/2019

Our own, Mike Wifler, representing the museum at the MCAA event

VMFA-314 was the first Marine squadron to fly F-4s and F-18s, after 36 years of flying the Hornet they will be the first...
05/14/2019

VMFA-314 was the first Marine squadron to fly F-4s and F-18s, after 36 years of flying the Hornet they will be the first squadron to fly the F-35C.

A new paint job is in store for this beautiful bird.
05/14/2019

A new paint job is in store for this beautiful bird.

Out the gate and staged for the trip to the flight line.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar
05/13/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar

Moving to the Flight line for repaint & repairs

Two more of our cherished volunteers!  Elsa mans the gift shop and Bill is a seasoned Docent.
05/12/2019

Two more of our cherished volunteers! Elsa mans the gift shop and Bill is a seasoned Docent.

Our curator, Steve Smith, showing off some hangar highlights.
05/10/2019

Our curator, Steve Smith, showing off some hangar highlights.

Museum volunteer and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Jack Cooper, being interviewed by volunteers Tom Szymarek and...
05/07/2019

Museum volunteer and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Jack Cooper, being interviewed by volunteers Tom Szymarek and Sara Kadowaki for the Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project is an initiative of the Library of Congress to record and preserve the experiences of U.S. Veterans

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar
05/06/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar

Mounting the new tires on the FM-2 WILDCAT!

Marine retirement ceremony aboard the museum yesterday.  The museum is a tribute to Marine aviation and it’s our honor...
05/04/2019

Marine retirement ceremony aboard the museum yesterday. The museum is a tribute to Marine aviation and it’s our honor to host families like this.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar
05/03/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar

In the process of painting the markings!! Q-3 will be changed to Q-2

You never know who you might run into at the museum!  The Great Grandson of Joe Foss, the Medal of Honor recipient, was ...
05/03/2019

You never know who you might run into at the museum! The Great Grandson of Joe Foss, the Medal of Honor recipient, was here today!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar
05/03/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar

The museum store has a wide selection of aviation gifts and some pretty amazing volunteers!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar
05/03/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar

From John Coke MARINE AIRWING FB page

US Embassy Saigon April 29-30 1975. CH-46 "LADY ACE 09" in action

Come see this historic airframe at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum!

Open Cockpit Days begin May 25 - 26th, 2019. Come join the Fun!
05/02/2019
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum on Google

Open Cockpit Days begin May 25 - 26th, 2019. Come join the Fun!

Sit in the cockpit of fighter jets! Cockpits of several aircraft will be open to visitors May 25-26 and every other weekend during the summer from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. See 31 historical aircraft up close at this family friendly museum. Free admission and parking.

Nominations sought for Marine Wife of the Year award
04/11/2019
Nominations sought for Marine Wife of the Year award

Nominations sought for Marine Wife of the Year award

Nominations are sought for the 2019 Irene Ferguson Marine Wife of the Year award, which is open to Marine wives whose husbands’ home base is in the United States Marine Corps southwest region.

A day in the life of a military working dog
04/05/2019
A day in the life of a military working dog

A day in the life of a military working dog

From detecting improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan to being on the front lines during World War I, military working dogs have been used to help service members win battles for generations.

03/01/2019
Dauntless

Congratulations Bob, excellent video!

Northrop Grumman engineer Bob Cramsie painstakingly rebuilds the only SBD-1 Dauntless dive bomber still in existence — a true labor of love and celebration o...

Passport To San Diego
01/31/2019

Passport To San Diego

VMFAT-101 will repaint and restore the Museum's HORNET. Due to construction at the Officers club, the museum staff had to take down 40' of fence and stage on the museum parking lot. Monday, 28 January, Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar will take the Hornet to the flight line for restoration. 🐏🏈🐏

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To all who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces, thank you to you and your families for your sacrifice ...
11/11/2018

To all who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces, thank you to you and your families for your sacrifice today and every day. #SemperFi #VeteransDay #VeteransDay2018

Save The Date!! This coming Saturday,, October 13, 2018, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum will host a very special...
10/10/2018

Save The Date!!

This coming Saturday,, October 13, 2018, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum will host a very special exhibit of classic American cars! Stop on by and see 20 Model A Fords!!

20 Model A Fords will be on display from 10:00-11:30. Take a look and these wonderful automobiles and talk to the San Diego Model A Ford Club members who own and restore these historic cars!

The museum is open 9:00 to 3:30pm. We also have on display 31 historical Marine Corps aircraft, as well as numbers other artifacts showcasing the rich history and legacy of Marine aviation.

Labor Day Fun!
08/30/2018
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum on Google

Labor Day Fun!

Sit in the cockpit of fighter jets! Cockpits of several aircraft will be open to visitors September 1-2 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. See 31 historical aircraft up close at this family-friendly museum. Free admission and parking.

Don't forget Open Cockpit Days today and tomorrow!
08/18/2018
Open Cockpit Days at San Diego Museum

Don't forget Open Cockpit Days today and tomorrow!

Sit in one of 31 vintage airplanes or helicopters. Hear from the Marine pilots who flew them.

Semper Fidelis, Sir!
08/15/2018

Semper Fidelis, Sir!

Kenneth Ambrose Walsh of Brooklyn, New York, was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II on this day in 1943.

Walsh enlisted in the Marine Corps in December 1933 and became an aircraft mechanic and radioman at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. He received his Wings of Gold as a U.S. Naval Aviator in April 1937 and was promoted to corporal soon after. At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was a master technical sergeant, becoming a Marine Gunner, while serving with Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. He was promoted to first lieutenant in June 1943 and by the end of August had claimed twenty victories.

On August 15th, 1943, during an aerial combat mission, Walsh repeatedly dove his plane into an enemy formation and shot down two Japanese dive bombers and one fighter. On August 30th, he was separated from his escort group and encountered about fifty Japanese Zeros. He successfully destroyed four hostile fighters before being forced to land.

For his actions on this day, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Walsh was promoted to lieutenant colonel in October 1958 after serving during the Korean War. He retired from the Marine Corps in February 1962 and was a frequent participant in history seminars and assisted researchers and historians interested in the Pacific War. He died at age 81 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

His Medal of Honor citation reads:

“For extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron 124 in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands area. Determined to thwart the enemy's attempt to bomb Allied ground forces and shipping at Vella Lavella on 15 August 1943, 1st Lt. Walsh repeatedly dived his plane into an enemy formation outnumbering his own division 6 to 1 and, although his plane was hit numerous times, shot down 2 Japanese dive bombers and 1 fighter. After developing engine trouble on 30 August during a vital escort mission, 1st Lt. Walsh landed his mechanically disabled plane at Munda, quickly replaced it with another, and proceeded to rejoin his flight over Kahili. Separated from his escort group when he encountered approximately 50 Japanese Zeros, he unhesitatingly attacked, striking with relentless fury in his lone battle against a powerful force. He destroyed 4 hostile fighters before cannon shellfire forced him to make a dead-stick landing off Vella Lavella where he was later picked up. His valiant leadership and his daring skill as a flier served as a source of confidence and inspiration to his fellow pilots and reflect the highest credit upon the U.S. Naval Service.”

We are eternally thankful for Lieutenant Colonel Walsh’s service to our country. Rest in peace, Sir.

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08/14/2018
U.S. Marine Corps

Semper Fidelis to all our Lady Marines! Congratulations on your first century of honorable service to our nation. Best wishes for your second century!

Today is the 100th anniversary of women in the Corps. Ooh-rah, Marines.

"You've left a great legacy, as all Marines have, in war and in peace. Thanks for being loyal to our Corps and our country. I really, really appreciate your service. Semper Fidelis."

— Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller

Watch the opening ceremony of the Women Marines Exhibit live. https://www.facebook.com/WomensMilitaryMemorial/videos/723248984685238/

A visit to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.
08/03/2018
A visit to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.

A visit to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.

I often drive down Miramar Road past the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. When I do, I usually turn my head to see if any people are outside investigating the dozens of unique military aircraft …

July 28, 2018, 11am-12pm. AVIATION TALK Harrier: The Knight in the Marine Corps' Arsenal of Freedom. George Haloulakos, ...
07/26/2018

July 28, 2018, 11am-12pm. AVIATION TALK Harrier: The Knight in the Marine Corps' Arsenal of Freedom. George Haloulakos, CFA, educator, museum volunteer and author of “High Flight” will discuss the capabilities, missions and lore of the “Harrier” jump jet.

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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

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(858) 693-1723

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