Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation The Foundation supports the only U.S. Marine Corps museum solely dedicated to the preservation of USMC aviation history. Tu-Su 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
In 1989 a team of dedicated Marine volunteers, led by Brigadier General Jay Hubbard, established the museum and the foundation at MCAS El Toro, CA. When El Toro was closed in 1999 by BRAC, a group of former Marines from San Diego, led by Major Generals Bob Butcher and Frank Lang formed the “Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation” and assumed the 501(c)(3) charter from the El Toro Foundation.

The Foundation mission is to actively support the operation of the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Command Museum (Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum) located aboard MCAS Miramar. We accomplish the mission by providing a volunteer base to support day-to-day operations and by providing financial support to augment austere DoD budgets.

Mission: The Foundation mission is to actively support the operation of the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Command Museum (Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum) located aboard MCAS Miramar. We accomplish the mission by providing a volunteer base to support day-to-day operations and by providing financial support to augment austere DoD budgets.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
05/18/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
05/16/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar
05/15/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
05/14/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
05/14/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar
05/13/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar

Moving to the Flight line for repaint & repairs

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
05/12/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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

The current MAG-11 CO came to the museum for a visit last week.  Thanks Colonel Doran
05/11/2019

The current MAG-11 CO came to the museum for a visit last week. Thanks Colonel Doran

Merging Marine Aviation past and present.
05/10/2019

Merging Marine Aviation past and present.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
05/10/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
05/07/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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
05/07/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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
05/07/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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

Don't miss out - The Big Exchange - May 1-18, 2019 https://flyingleathernecks.org/contribute/the-big-exchange/
05/03/2019
The Big Exchange San Diego Museum Admissions | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Don't miss out - The Big Exchange - May 1-18, 2019 https://flyingleathernecks.org/contribute/the-big-exchange/

The Big Exchange, taking place May 1 through 18, gives members of participating organizations reciprocal admission at more than 30 museums, historic sites, gardens, and more throughout San Diego County. Show your current membership card and get free entry to this years participant organizations

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar
05/03/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Hangar

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

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 work!

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...

ALL FOR ONE: A Salute to Vietnam Vets
09/07/2017
ALL FOR ONE: A Salute to Vietnam Vets

ALL FOR ONE: A Salute to Vietnam Vets

Please join me in honoring our Vietnam War Veterans at the upcoming MCAS Miramar Air Show (September 22-24, 2017). These men and women showed uncommon

Sgt. Kenneth A. Altazan Awarded Navy Cross
07/27/2017
Sgt. Kenneth A. Altazan Awarded Navy Cross

Sgt. Kenneth A. Altazan Awarded Navy Cross

Sgt. Kenneth A. Altazan was awarded the Navy Cross at the U.S.S. Kidd Veterans Memorial in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 13, 2015. Though Altazan received the Silver Star for his actions while serving in the Republic of Vietnam on May 8, 1969, new evidence of his heroics called for him to recei...

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation
05/09/2017
Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation

170421-N-SY784-001- Restoration director Robert P. Cramsie of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation was presented with the 2016 Excellence of Volunteerism award at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, Calif. April 21, 2017. Mr. Cramsie is helping to restore the World War II...

Preserving history: Miramar volunteer restores last-of-its-kind plane
04/28/2017
Preserving history: Miramar volunteer restores last-of-its-kind plane

Preserving history: Miramar volunteer restores last-of-its-kind plane

Robert Cramsie, left, a restoration volunteer with the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and a board member of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, displays his award while shaking hands with Col. Jason Woodworth, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., at the Flyin...

11/16/2016

The Flying Leathernecks seek a highly motivated individual to join our team as the Museum Store Manager. The successful candidate should have 2-4 years of retail management experience, strong interpersonal skills, knowledge of computers and point-of-sale systems and schedule flexibility. Knowledge of military aviation would be a plus.

This part-time position offers a competitive salary, paid vacation and opportunity for career growth.

Please submit resume to the Operations Manager at [email protected]. Please put “Museum Store Manager” in the subject line of your email. Deadline for submission of resumes is December 1, 2016.

THE BLUE ANGELS: 70 Years of Excellence
09/16/2016
THE BLUE ANGELS: 70 Years of Excellence

THE BLUE ANGELS: 70 Years of Excellence

The US Navy Blue Angels' 70th anniversary celebration includes an upcoming flight demo at the annual MCAS Miramar Air Show (Sep 23-24-25). The Blue Angels exemplify excellence and service to our great

05/18/2016
High School, First Place Winner - Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation celebrated the winners of it's essay contest on Saturday, May 14, 2016. #FlyUSMC #Marines It was my pleasure to meet Michelle Fong and her parents who sat at our table during dinner.

Heroes by Michelle Fong Teacher: Ms. Jendian, AP Language and Composition Everyone has a hero. A hero can be a personal mentor, like a father, or even a vast symbol, like the U.S. Marine Corps. On either side of the spectrum, they have something in common: the ability to inspire others to keep fight...

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4203 Anderson Ave San Diego, CA 92145
San Diego, CA
92145-0316

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Media Contact: Chuck Meadows Foundation Office Manager Phone: 858.693.1723 email: [email protected]

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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