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.

Operating as usual

04/29/2021

The F-5 is officially heading to the Pima Air &Space Museum, Tucson, AZ

The F-5 is loaded up and will be heading to the Pima Air & Space Museum.
04/29/2021

The F-5 is loaded up and will be heading to the Pima Air & Space Museum.

Airframe #2 outbound to the Pima Air & Space Museum,  Tucson,  AZ
04/28/2021

Airframe #2 outbound to the Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ

The AV-8C HARRIER is prepped and ready to be transferred to the Ft. Worth Aviation Museum.
04/14/2021

The AV-8C HARRIER is prepped and ready to be transferred to the Ft. Worth Aviation Museum.

Had the opportunity to escort VMGR-352s freshly restored 1969 Continental to El Toro for a photo shoot at the old hangar...
03/23/2021

Had the opportunity to escort VMGR-352s freshly restored 1969 Continental to El Toro for a photo shoot at the old hangar. Has been 31 years since I have been to the old hangar. The scene of the KC-130 returning from Grenada in the movie "Heartbreak Ridge" was filmed at the VMGR-352 hangar.

Open Cockpit Days! | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
03/12/2021
Open Cockpit Days! | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Open Cockpit Days! | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Open Cockpit Days! by flyingEdit | Mar 11, 2021 | Podcasts | 0 comments Come sit in a plane! Weather permitting, several aircraft at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum will be open for visitors of all ages to experience U.S. Marine Corps aviation from a pilot’s perspective. Open Cockpit Days a...

02/13/2021

Welcome back!
Our outdoor display is now open and available to enjoy every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! 9:00am-3:30pm!
We look forward to.seeing you soon!

U.S. Navy Blue Angels
11/04/2020

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will conduct a final flight with six F/A-18 A/B/C/D “Legacy” Hornets, Nov. 04 from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST. The final flight of the Legacy Hornets signifies the official transition of the Blue Angels to the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet platform.

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/382189/blue-angels-conduct-final-flight-legacy-hornet-aircraft-marking-transition-super-hornet

#BlueAngels #USNavy #USMC

The Crash, Fire Rescue Marines took the P-19A for some detailing.   Looks amazing.   The Marines even repainted the vehi...
10/23/2020

The Crash, Fire Rescue Marines took the P-19A for some detailing. Looks amazing. The Marines even repainted the vehicle number and added maintenance markings on the truck!!

23, October 1983, 37 years ago today - At around 6:20 a.m., a yellow Mercedes-Benz truck drove to Beirut International A...
10/23/2020

23, October 1983, 37 years ago today - At around 6:20 a.m., a yellow Mercedes-Benz truck drove to Beirut International Airport, where the 1st Battalion 8th Marines under the 2nd Marine Division had set up its local headquarters. The truck was not the water truck they had been expecting, but a hijacked truck carrying the explosives. The truck turned onto an access road leading to the compound and circled a parking lot. The driver then accelerated and crashed through a barbed wire fence around the parking lot, passed between two sentry posts, crashed through a gate and drove into the lobby of the Marine headquarters. The sentries at the gate were operating under rules of engagement which made it very difficult to respond quickly to the truck. Sentries were ordered to keep their weapons at condition four (no magazine inserted and no rounds in the chamber). By the time the two sentries were able to engage, the truck was already inside the building's entry way, armed.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives, which were equivalent to 5,400 kg (12,000 pounds) of TNT. The force of the explosion collapsed the four-story building into rubble, crushing many inside. killing 299 American and French servicemen. The organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing.

SEMPER FI - REST IN PEACE - YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

Just launched - The Inside Loop Podcast. Subscribe to our latest educational initiative. We field questions from kids of...
10/21/2020
Inside loop podcasts | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Just launched - The Inside Loop Podcast. Subscribe to our latest educational initiative. We field questions from kids of all ages, check out Episode 1 – “Why the inverted gull wing on the Corsair?” https://flyingleathernecks.org/.../inside-loop-podcasts/

Inside loop podcasts by Flying Leathernecks | Oct 21, 2020 | Podcasts The Inside Loop Promo Introduction The Corsair – Why is there gull shaped wings on the Corsair aircraft.

Back to celebrating amazing Marines and their accomplishments!  Marine history continues to grow 🇺🇸
10/01/2020

Back to celebrating amazing Marines and their accomplishments! Marine history continues to grow 🇺🇸

10/01/2020
The A4 Skyhawk I The Inside Loop Episode 4 Feat. Major General Bob Butcher

Our latest episode of The Inside Loop. The museum is now open. Stop by and say hello to Justin on Sundays 9:30 am. - 12:30 pm.

Welcome to The Inside Loop Featuring Major General Bob Butcher, USMC (Ret.) part two. Click the following link to read the details of General Butcher's 25+-Y...

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at MCAS Miramar reopened to the public after six months yesterday! We were honore...
09/18/2020

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at MCAS Miramar reopened to the public after six months yesterday! We were honored to welcome our first visitors to learn about the history and legacy of Marine Corps aviation!

Special thanks to the Hyde family from Perth, Australia for being our first guests! We welcome one and all. Stop by, love to see those smiling faces!

Thank you all for your patience while we prepare to re-open! We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow! Be sure to look...
09/17/2020

Thank you all for your patience while we prepare to re-open!
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!
Be sure to look for our new banners at our entrance gate off Miramar Road!
Questions?
https://flyingleathernecks.org

Check out the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum's new entrance banners!
09/17/2020

Check out the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum's new entrance banners!

09/16/2020

Opening tomorrow

08/22/2020

Episode 2, more.from Bob Cramsie about the SBD-1 DAUNTLESS restoration project

08/22/2020

Episode one....Restoration of the World's only SBD-1 Dauntless.
Bob Cramsie will tell you how it is done!

Unique items on display at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
08/21/2020

Unique items on display at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

08/21/2020

Stand By! Just a heads up we will be posting two videos this week!
We will have a Mr. Bob Cramsie talking about the restoration of the world's only SBD-1 Dauntless and a video on the F-8U Crusader.

Stay tuned and keep checking in!

08/12/2020

Why is there a tank at an Aviation museum?
LtCol. A.J. "Juice" Ward, USMC, ret, will explain!

08/12/2020
Space Force I The Inside Loop Episode 3 Feat. Lieutenant Colonel Joe Bassi, Ph.D.

Welcome to episode three of the Inside Loop featuring Foundation Board Member Dr. Joe Bassi. In this episode, Dr.
Bassi responds to a student¹s question about Space Force.

Welcome to this episode of The Inside Loop Featuring Lieutenant Colonel Joe Bassi, Ph.D. Dr. Bassi is a member of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundatio...

08/05/2020

Bill Connor discusses the A-6 Intruder from the BN perspective!

07/17/2020

Ok Maintainers,

Time to hear from you,
Please post the Unit, years and type of aircraft you worked on.

Post a picture of you with your bird!

SEMPER FI!

07/17/2020
| The Inside Loop Episode 2 Feat. Major General Bob Butcher

Welcome to Episode 2 of The Inside Loop Featuring Major General Bob Butcher, USMC (Ret.) Click the following link to read the details of General Butcher's 25+-Year-Old favor.
https://flyingleathernecks.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/History-of-FLAM-Article.pdf

Welcome to The Inside Loop Featuring Major General Bob Butcher, USMC (Ret.) Click the following link to read the details of General Butcher's 25+-Year-Old fa...

Ok folks,  Show the world your favorite Marine Aviation picture.
07/12/2020

Ok folks,
Show the world your favorite Marine Aviation picture.

Amazing Change of Command video in these Covid times.
07/11/2020
VMFAT-101 Change of Command Video Message

Amazing Change of Command video in these Covid times.

A change of command video message for Marine Fighter Attack Training Sqaudron 101, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., July 7, 2020. The official change of command was conducted on July 10, 2020. (Video courtesy of Kara Acosta)

07/02/2020

Major General Bob Butcher on the TA-4J

07/02/2020

Major General Bob Butcher on the A-4M Skyhawk (the last Skyhawk)

07/02/2020

Major General Bob Butcher on the A-4F

07/02/2020

Major General Bob Butcher on the A-4C

07/01/2020

STANDBY.... tomorrow we will be posting a special edition of Major General Bob Butcher's presentation on the A-4 Skyhawk

OOH RAH!

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

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(858) 693-1723

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Thank you so much for the memories!
The Marine Corps intends to close the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at #MCASMiramar on April 1, 2021. According to the base CO, there is no current plan aligned to dispose of the historic aircraft collection, and it will cost millions of dollars to move the aircraft. In the meantime, the museum gates will close, the aircraft will be unmaintained, and the important programs that reach thousands of visitors and school children each year will go undone. These veteran volunteers who serve at the museum are not just heartbroken. They feel beat up and thrown out by their own Corps. This history belongs at the local level and to the people who serve here every day. The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation has the ability to take over the financial responsibility of operating and maintaining the Museum. This is NOT about budget constraints, it's about the Marine Corps simply not wanting its own aviation museum anymore. #Savetheflyingleatherneckaviationmuseum If this sounds wrong to you, then please make your voice heard by writing to the Commandant of the Marine Corps at bit.ly/2MIXnoM. and signing the petition at https://www.change.org/p/save-the-flying-leatherneck-aviation-museum. #marines #marineaviation
I know it is lousy timing given the sad news of the closure but does anyone have any information (purpose? history? other images?) about this Jeep based vehicle I photographed at the Museum a decade or so ago? I am planning to make a model of it as part of a diorama. Any and all help will be much appreciated...
On July 30, 1970, a KC-130F Hercules (tail number 150685) from VMGR-352 was involved in a training incident at MCAS El Toro while performing an obstacle approach. The aircraft made a high rapid descent to runway 34L. It touched down hard, bounced and then dropped on the left wing and rolled over, skidding towards midfield. A fire immediately erupted. On the aircraft were the following crew members: Major Walter Zytkewicz, passed away on August 7, 1970 Captain Robert Walls (my cousin), passed away on August 8, 1970 1st Lieutenant Robert Mullins, passed away on July 30, 1970 Staff Sergeant Kenneth Davis, passed away on December 25, 2013 and was the only survivor of the incident Corporal Kenneth Metzdorf, passed away on August 5, 1970 Last year, I have started the process of finding the families of the other crew members on-board that flight. I have been able to connect with the families of the following crew members: • Maj Walter Zytkewicz • SSgt Kenneth Davis • Cpl Kenneth Metzdorf There was one other crew member on-board the flight that day and he was 1stLt Robert Mullins. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate any of his family. All of the families were reunited at MCAS Miramar in San Diego this past December for the first time in almost 50 years.. Following are the two links to news articles on the crash and reunion.. https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/man-works-to-unite-families-of-marines-who-died-from-training-exercise-in-1970 https://www.10news.com/families-from-across-the-country-dedicate-plaque-to-marines-in-1970-training-crash?fbclid=IwAR3fIDqrA2tuf9NF-2IQX2kVpgTgUk2ElGnT9sJ1HxEwSUkk_GJHZopCeJk
I think I should send you some of my prints so you can hang in the museum!
**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Mariners Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy https://www.facebook.com/SSHMarinersGenealogy/ The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to Historical and Genealogical Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island, in New York City, to honor their Ancestors and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant, Coast Guard, and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. The Mariners were from many areas of the United States, Canada, and other countries. Some Mariners sailed from California seaports. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx Sailors’ Snug Harbor has a very interesting history. It was one of the first large scale retirement facilities in the United States and the first established for Merchant Mariners. It was founded by the Randall family whom were New York City Merchant Sea Captains and Privateers during the French Indian War and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton was a friend of the Randall family and their Attorney. He helped draft the Robert Richard Randall Will in 1801 to create the SSH Trust which funded the SSH Retirement Home. During its 140+ years of operation (1833-1976) approximately 16,000 Mariners resided there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailors%27_Snug_Harbor
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