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.
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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.

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.

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.

Operating as usual

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!

08/25/2020
SBD-1DAUNTLESS

EPISODE TWO; Bob Cramsie, SBD-1Dauntless lead volunteer, talks about the restoration of the World's only SBD-1 Dauntless

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...

07/17/2020
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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

06/29/2020
24 Year Marine Corp Veteran Reflects on His Career | The Inside Loop Episode 1 Feat. Major Ferguson

Support our latest educational initiative - The Inside Loop. Please help us out by clicking the "thumbs up" button on video segments and comments you like from our viewers. These educational segments are made possible through your generous contributions and donations. Please support the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and the education of our most treasured resource, our young people and students. Donate now. https://flyingleathernecks.org/contribute/donate-now/

Welcome to the Inaugural Episode of a Brand New Series: The Inside Loop Featuring American Patriot Major Glenn Ferguson! This series focuses on sharing the s...

Live RIGHT NOW!
06/09/2020

Live RIGHT NOW!

05/27/2020
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

The first American to orbit the Earth was a Marine.
Today, the first civilian built crew launch vehicle will be commanded by a Marine.
Marines: On Air, Land, Sea, and Space!

(Thanks to Lt.Col Bob Hein, USMC (Ret.)

Congratulations to NASA and the entire Launch America team! The Flying Leathernecks salute you! #LaunchAmerica

https://youtu.be/Aymrnzianf0

Virtual Event on May 12th
05/10/2020

Virtual Event on May 12th

Tuesday, May 12th at 10am, join us for a Facebook Live event as General (ret) Butcher, shares his experiences in the A-4

05/05/2020
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Steve "Smitty" Smith cleared up a few questions about the TO-1 and provided a little aviation trivia for you buffs!

All is f your questions answered!

Join us tomorrow for a Live Facebook event from the Restoration Hangar.
04/20/2020

Join us tomorrow for a Live Facebook event from the Restoration Hangar.

Tuesday, April 21st at 10am pacific time, the museum will have a Live video feed from the Restoration Hangar. Curator, Steve Smith, will be giving us the history of the Lockheed TO-1/TV-1 Shooting Star. This is a beautiful hand polished aircraft. Please join us tomorrow! Just go to our page and you should see the streaming video. Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

04/17/2020
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Stay tuned for more LIVE sessions from our museum staff.

Steve “Smitty” Smith, the curator, speaking on the SBD-1 Dauntless from the Restoration Hangar

First ever event Tuesday, April 14th at 10am pst.
04/13/2020

First ever event Tuesday, April 14th at 10am pst.

Live Stream from Restoration Hangar, Tuesday April 14th at 10:00 am PST. Hope you can join us for a behinds the scenes look at the SBD-1 Dauntless currently being restored at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum’s Restoration Hangar. Our curator, Steve Smith, will be sharing the history of this rare aircraft.

Please share your stories!!
04/09/2020

Please share your stories!!

Today we honor VMGR-352! Please share your stories and history!!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
04/07/2020

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Today we highlight and honor HMLA-267. Share your Stinger stories, patches, history!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
04/04/2020

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Today we are highlighting 533. Please share your stories, pictures, patches and all squadron related gifts and souvenirs.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
03/29/2020

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Although the museum is closed during these difficult times, we continue to honor and thank our heroes!!

03/09/2020

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum will be closed starting tomorrow, March 10, for several days. Please check our website and social media channels for updates. Thank you!

Have you checked out the CH-46 at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum? This historic helicopter evacuated U.S. Ambass...
03/06/2020

Have you checked out the CH-46 at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum? This historic helicopter evacuated U.S. Ambassador, Graham Martin, from the US Embassy, Saigon, prior to the Fall of Saigon. Come check out the legendary helicopter with its traditional paint and markings, exactly the way the aircraft flew in 1975. We're open all weekend from 9-3:30 p.m. - admission and parking is always FREE.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
03/05/2020

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Aviation enthusiasts, museum lover and guitar hero, Patrick Ball, spent a little time at the museum this weekend!

We are now accepting submissions for our annual student art contest! The art contest is open to all students in grades 6...
03/05/2020

We are now accepting submissions for our annual student art contest! The art contest is open to all students in grades 6-12 in San Diego County + all military dependents in grades 6-12 who reside in the Southwest District. Winners receive a cash prize & have their art showcased at an exhibit at the Museum. Check out last year's winner here! Entries are due on April 6 - for more information, visit: https://flyingleathernecks.org/education/art-contest/

The newly repainted F-4 Phantom is back at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum after three months away! The Red Devil...
03/03/2020

The newly repainted F-4 Phantom is back at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum after three months away! The Red Devils from VMFA-232 did an amazing job giving this aircraft a much needed paint job - come check it out in person this week. Thanks to the Red Devils for your hard work!

Come see this beautiful bird!
02/29/2020

Come see this beautiful bird!

Very exciting day at the museum! VMFA-232 repainted the F-4 and we brought this beautiful bird back to the museum. The squadron accompanied her and celebrated her new look and pride in her history. Please stop by the museum and see this beautiful bird! Thanks so much Red Devils!

Did you know that we have the best WWII fighter plane at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum? The F4U-5N Corsair was ...
02/25/2020

Did you know that we have the best WWII fighter plane at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum? The F4U-5N Corsair was notorious for its massive engine propeller, making it faster and more powerful than its contemporaries. Come see the night-capable fighter bomber variant of the F4U-5N - we're open all weekend!

Opening Tomorrow, February 21st!!
02/20/2020

Opening Tomorrow, February 21st!!

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

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum will be closed starting today, Feb. 4, for several days. Please check our website...
02/04/2020

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum will be closed starting today, Feb. 4, for several days. Please check our website and social media channels for updates.

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.

Address

T4203 ANDERSON Ave
San Diego, CA
92145-0316

General information

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

Telephone

(858) 693-1723

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Looking forward to #15 Corsair back on display
Article written about VMF-513 Korea Conflict. #19 Rendering
Willy Fox VMF 513
Companion to previous post;Air Show. VMF-513sqd. #19 Corsair in flight!
AIR SHOW: Showing in flight VMF-513sqd. #19 WF (Willy Fox) Corsair. Historical Value. This Corsair was in Korea in 1953 . #19 was my father's wing man to #15 Corsair Capt. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000958500533Eugene Derrickson. See Original photo in flight 1953. https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=Ll8IUX2WOL0&u=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DgDOl1M-oiqE%26feature%3Dshare
Happy birthday, Marines.
LOOKING FOR ANY ORIGINAL PICTURES OF A LEATHERNECK MARINE OF TRIPOLI , FOR A PROJECT , IN LOS ANGELES , THANKS .