Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is the the only museum in the world dedicated to Marine Aviation. Free and open to the public.
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We are the only museum dedicated to Marine Corps Aviation. We are a staff of four that work in the hangar. I'm sure most of you have visited the main museum, but didn't realize most of the display and aircraft restorations are done in another building. This profile page hopes to inform you and give you an insider look at what we do. Curator: Steve D. Smith (Smitty) Assistant Curator: Leon Simon Restoration: Dave Koning Museum Librarian/ Archivist: Many Chea Main museum: 858-693-1723 Hangar: 858-577-6125 Please call ahead of time if you want to stop by the hangar.

Mission: Our mission is to preserve the history of Marine Corps Aviation.

Happened at Miramar last week!!
06/11/2019

Happened at Miramar last week!!

MAG-16 Stands Ready

In a dynamic display of combat power that featured over 40 aircraft in MAG-16’s mass flight, the aircraft showcased the tactical capabilities and power that the Marine Air Ground Task Force uses to defend the nation at MCAS Miramar, Calif, June 6. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Jake McClung, Sgt. Sarah Ralph and Lance Cpl. Cheng Chang)

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
05/29/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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

Our Curator, Steve Smith, represented the museum this morning at the Patriot’s Day Parade.
05/18/2019

Our Curator, Steve Smith, represented the museum this morning at the Patriot’s Day Parade.

Staged and ready to go at the Kiwanis Patriots Day Parade, Tierrasanta

Staged and ready to go at the Kiwanis Patriots Day Parade,  Tierrasanta
05/18/2019

Staged and ready to go at the Kiwanis Patriots Day Parade, Tierrasanta

Our own, Mike Wifler, representing the museum at the MCAA event
05/15/2019

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

The Hornet on the way to the flight line.
05/15/2019

The Hornet on the way to the flight line.

A few of the Mock-ups at the MCAA convention
05/14/2019

A few of the Mock-ups at the MCAA convention

Museum information booth at the Marine Corps Aviation Association convention.  Stop by and say "Hi"
05/14/2019

Museum information booth at the Marine Corps Aviation Association convention. Stop by and say "Hi"

Out the gate and staged for the trip to the flight line.
05/14/2019

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

Moving to the Flight line for repaint & repairs
05/13/2019

Moving to the Flight line for repaint & repairs

What some of our volunteers do on their spare time...write books!!
05/11/2019

What some of our volunteers do on their spare time...write books!!

The new tires look great on the Wildcat.   Easy to move now!!
05/10/2019

The new tires look great on the Wildcat. Easy to move now!!

The SHARPSHOOTERS of VMFAT-101 are progressing on the Hornet restoration project. Thank you Marines for preserving the H...
05/10/2019

The SHARPSHOOTERS of VMFAT-101 are progressing on the Hornet restoration project.
Thank you Marines for preserving the History of Marine Aviation.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
05/10/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum volunteer and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Jack Cooper, being interviewed by...
05/09/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation 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

We have a couple of tours coming through the restoration shop today, staged the Bomb truck next to the Wildcat.
05/09/2019

We have a couple of tours coming through the restoration shop today, staged the Bomb truck next to the Wildcat.

Mounting the new tires on the FM-2 WILDCAT!
05/06/2019

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...
05/05/2019

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.

You never know who you might run into at the museum!  The Great Grandson of Joe Foss, the Medal of Honor recipient, was ...
05/04/2019

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!

In the process of painting the markings!! Q-3  will be changed to Q-2
05/03/2019

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

From John Coke MARINE AIRWING FB pageUS Embassy Saigon April 29-30 1975.  CH-46 "LADY ACE 09" in actionCome see this his...
05/03/2019

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!

Volunteer Pride ❤️. Ron has been a treasured volunteer for over 15 years.  Stop by the museum and say “Hey!”
05/03/2019

Volunteer Pride ❤️. Ron has been a treasured volunteer for over 15 years. Stop by the museum and say “Hey!”

The museum store has a wide selection of aviation gifts and some pretty amazing volunteers!
05/02/2019

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

05/02/2019

Open Cockpit Days (Free)

May 25 - May 26

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.

Dry fitting the stencils for the EA-6 Prowler.
05/01/2019

Dry fitting the stencils for the EA-6 Prowler.

The collection of Squadron vehicles grows!!   The Evil Eyes are now in the boneyard!
04/29/2019

The collection of Squadron vehicles grows!! The Evil Eyes are now in the boneyard!

Washing the EA-6B, prepping the airframe for remarking,   VMAQ-2 DEATH JESTERS. The 5-tons trucks make really great work...
04/29/2019

Washing the EA-6B, prepping the airframe for remarking, VMAQ-2 DEATH JESTERS. The 5-tons trucks make really great work platforms.

Love that we got a shout out!
04/29/2019

Love that we got a shout out!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar has indoor artifact and artwork displays & outdoor Marine Corps fixed wing and helicopter displays, plus annual events. Come visit them soon! 🏵🐛🏵
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Hours of operation:
Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed Mon. & Federal Holidays). Free Admission

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04/27/2019
MCAA Dinner scenery
04/27/2019

MCAA Dinner scenery

Little Motor "T" humor.
04/15/2019

Little Motor "T" humor.

SBD-1 BuNo 1612 update,   port wing little closer to completion.   Working the bottom side.
04/15/2019

SBD-1 BuNo 1612 update, port wing little closer to completion. Working the bottom side.

The Museum information booth at the Warbird Expo.  Gillespie field!!
04/13/2019

The Museum information booth at the Warbird Expo. Gillespie field!!

Installed the .50.cal in the TBM turret today.   Really improves the look!       Aero Traders of Chino CA,  make great ....
04/12/2019

Installed the .50.cal in the TBM turret today. Really improves the look! Aero Traders of Chino CA, make great .50 cal replicas.

Detail work on the TBM-3E. New tail wheel!!
04/12/2019

Detail work on the TBM-3E. New tail wheel!!

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is working with The "Black Knights" and the National Museum of the Marine Corps t...
03/21/2019

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is working with The "Black Knights" and the National Museum of the Marine Corps to update the markings on F/A-18 BuNo 161749

Hangar is ready for the Battle color reception.
03/15/2019

Hangar is ready for the Battle color reception.

Preparing the restoration shop for the Battle Colors reception.
03/08/2019

Preparing the restoration shop for the Battle Colors reception.

Hornet update - VMFAT-101 has started  cleaning the airframe prepping for paint!
03/05/2019

Hornet update - VMFAT-101 has started cleaning the airframe prepping for paint!

The details are amazing.
02/26/2019

The details are amazing.

Another trip to the National Museum of the Marine Corps,  for some professional training.  Always something new to see. ...
02/26/2019

Another trip to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, for some professional training. Always something new to see. These sculptures have been added since the last trip.

Museum Night shots!!
02/20/2019

Museum Night shots!!

Bob and weekend  crew........shooting 500+ rivets. Still more to go on the top skins...another 500 or so. Time consuming...
02/16/2019

Bob and weekend crew........
shooting 500+ rivets. Still more to go on the top skins...another 500 or so. Time consuming, for sure. SBD-1 Dauntless, BuNo 1612, left wing.

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4203 Anderson Ave
San Diego, CA
92145

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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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