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.
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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.

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving filled with family and lots of food! The rain has cleared through and the Flyi...
11/29/2019

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving filled with family and lots of food! The rain has cleared through and the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is moving ahead with Open Cockpit Day TODAY from 9a.m.-3:30 p.m. (pending inclement weather). Bring the whole family and experience U.S. Marine Corps aviation from a pilot’s perspective.

Plus, receive a 10% Black Friday discount at the Museum gift shop. As a reminder entrance and parking is FREE - see you soon!

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, we want to take the time to thank our amazing volunteers for all their hard work. Our volu...
11/27/2019

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, we want to take the time to thank our amazing volunteers for all their hard work. Our volunteers are truly the backbone of the organization. If you're interested in joining us, fill out the application at the link below. As a reminder in observance of the holiday, we will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28. https://flyingleathernecks.org/contribute/volunteer/

Exciting news! The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is hosting an Open Cockpit Day this Friday, Nov. 29 from 9a.m.-3:3...
11/26/2019

Exciting news! The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is hosting an Open Cockpit Day this Friday, Nov. 29 from 9a.m.-3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to strap into an aircraft and experience U.S. Marine Corps aviation from a pilot’s perspective. Plus, receive a 10% Black Friday discount at the Museum gift shop all day.

Our NASA exhibit is out of this world! Come check it out this weekend at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. The mus...
11/22/2019

Our NASA exhibit is out of this world! Come check it out this weekend at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. The museum is open all weekend from 9-3:30 p.m. and admission is FREE.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
11/20/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Cub Scout visit over the weekend to earn badges! Interviewing one of our favorite docents, Richard Toettcher, who is a Vietnam Vet and getting a lesson from him on how an airplane works.

Our aircraft spotlight for November is the HRS-3 Chickasaw. This multi-purpose transport helicopter took its first fligh...
11/20/2019

Our aircraft spotlight for November is the HRS-3 Chickasaw. This multi-purpose transport helicopter took its first flight this month in 1949. The world renowned aircraft has been used in Portugal, Greece, Israel, Chile, South Africa, Denmark and Turkey!

This is the time of year where we make our 2020 annual appeal and we are so pleased to share that we surpassed our 2019 ...
11/19/2019

This is the time of year where we make our 2020 annual appeal and we are so pleased to share that we surpassed our 2019 Heroes of the Sky fundraising goal. With the generous support of our private and corporate donors, we were able to complete the restoration of the TBM Avenger and EA-6B Prowler this year, get the F-8 Crusader project underway, and continue our long-term restoration work on the SBD Dauntless and PBJ Mitchell. In addition, we were able to continue our programming to engage our local youth through art and essay contests. Your gifts are working hard to help us achieve our mission to Preserve, Honor, and Inspire the proud history and contribution of Marine Corps Aviation. Thank you!

Did you know that the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum   hosts school tours? Students can view our historical aircraft...
11/16/2019

Did you know that the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum hosts school tours? Students can view our historical aircraft up close, while hearing stories directly from veterans. Find out more by visiting the following link: https://flyingleathernecks.org/education/

On this day, we celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve. ...
11/11/2019

On this day, we celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve. Our gratitude and thanks is a small token of appreciation! As a reminder, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is closed today. #VeteransDay

This year, the United States Marine Corps proudly celebrates 244 years of fighting and winning battles for our Nation. H...
11/10/2019

This year, the United States Marine Corps proudly celebrates 244 years of fighting and winning battles for our Nation. Happy birthday USMC! Celebrate with us today at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum - we're open from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. #happybirthday #semperfi

Soar over to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum this weekend to help celebrate the Marine Corps birthday and Veteran...
11/09/2019

Soar over to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum this weekend to help celebrate the Marine Corps birthday and Veterans Day. This weekend, we are offering a 10% gift store discount to ALL active duty, former or retired military personnel. Please show picture ID at time of purchase to receive discount.

MAWTS-1 Change of Command   Our own, Major General (ret) Bob Butcher was the second Commanding Officer of this elite org...
11/08/2019

MAWTS-1 Change of Command Our own, Major General (ret) Bob Butcher was the second Commanding Officer of this elite organization.

The deadline for our annual essay contest is just 5 DAYS away! The contest is open to all public, private, and home scho...
11/07/2019

The deadline for our annual essay contest is just 5 DAYS away! The contest is open to all public, private, and home school students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Winners can win up to $300 and teachers of winners receive $200. For more details, visit the link below:
https://flyingleathernecks.org/education/essay-contest/

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
10/16/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

So Honored to host VMO-6. Full of great history and quite a few characters! Thanks for spending your afternoon with us

Celebrating Oktoberfest!
10/14/2019

Celebrating Oktoberfest!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
10/10/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

We had some guests from England this morning and Mike gave them the “royal” tour! The Lady Ace never disappoints

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
10/08/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

All of the birds are back from the Air Show! The newly restored TBM is on site. Come out and see us and our newest addition 9-3:30 Tuesday-Sunday

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
10/05/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

A very special Thank You to Marine Corps Air Transport Association for stopping by the museum to see us during their reunion weekend! Loved having our Restoration crew on hand to answer question.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/30/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Huge Thank You to SD Wrap for loaning us this cool truck for the Air Show weekend.

The museum store has this beautiful new White House ornament!
09/29/2019

The museum store has this beautiful new White House ornament!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/29/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Last day of the Miramar Air Show! Stop by and visit us if you are out at the flightline.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/26/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Restoration is loaded up with fun toys for the Air Show this weekend! Stop by and see us at the flight line!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/26/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

The museum will be closed Thursday-Sunday for the Miramar Air Show but you can visit the museum birds out on the flight line during the show. Get the first peak at the fresh paint on the VMFAT-101 F/A-18.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/21/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Great group with us this afternoon to hear BGen (ret) Mike Aguilar speak about his time as a cobra pilot. Thanks for sharing your stories and knowledge with us!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/20/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Next up for Restoration: RF-8U CRUSADER. Share your stories with us! It’s the people that make REAL history!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/20/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Some pretty fabulous visitors! Southwest pilots and Marine Corps pilots.. Harrier and Prowler guys... we are honored to have you visit our museum! Our visitors ARE our story.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/20/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Some pretty fabulous visitors! Southwest pilots and Marine Corps pilots.. Harrier and Prowler guys... we are honored to have you visit our museum! Our visitors ARE our story.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/19/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Our very own Mike Wifler, brought his camis out of retirement to get some great pictures with his grandson, CWO3 Carrier, who was here for a course. The Marines really are a family affair 💕🇺🇸

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/17/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Restoration and Rescue! Our amazing restoration team came together today to rescue a sweet little kitten. They need to name her Panther after the F-9 she was found in.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/16/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Welcome Home Red Devils! Another deployment to add to Marine Corps history.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/13/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Not only will the Blue Angels, and the Royal Air Force Red Arrows be at the Miramar Air Show; DOC, will also be at the Miramar air show! One of only 2 B-29s Flying.
Of course the all important Military vehicles will also be on display.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
09/11/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Proud to host HMM-165 reunion. What a great group, full of history!

Memories from the end of the Summer Garden Party!
09/09/2019
Garden Party

Memories from the end of the Summer Garden Party!

39 new photos added to shared album

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
08/24/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Picnic With A Pilot event today with COL Steve “Fozzy” Acosta. Great knowledge on the F/A-18 shared with our crowd! Thanks to Col Acosta and all that attended.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
08/17/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

SoCal Shelby club stopped by for a visit today! Our visitors got a little extra on this beautiful Saturday Open Cockpit event.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
08/17/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Had the pleasure to host the Young Marines from Washington. BGen (ret) Aguilar led them in a round of push ups and Col Doran spoke to them about Corps values. Mustang Mike shared his vast museum knowledge and Ben, one of our youngest docents, shared all he’s learned this summer.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
08/13/2019
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

For Red Flag 19-3, Marines from Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron (MTACS) 38, Marine Air Control Group (MACG) 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), comprised a core group of Marines leading the Combined Air Operations Center Nellis (CAOC-N) on Nellis Air Force Base, July 7 to August 3, 2019. The group was augmented by other units across both 2nd and 3rd MAW. This was the first time in recent history that Marines have led the CAOC-N. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Levi J. Guerra)

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/702088/attention-floor-marines-take-charge-caoc-n

Meet the first female Marine assigned to fly the F-35C
08/10/2019
Meet the first female Marine assigned to fly the F-35C

Meet the first female Marine assigned to fly the F-35C

1st Lt. Catherine Stark earned her wings Friday at a ceremony in Kingsville, Texas, and in doing so became the first female Marine to be assigned to the U.S. Navy's F-35C fleet replacement squadron

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
08/10/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

A proud day for the Flying Leathernecks to host the retirement of LtCol Brent Hale, after 22 years of service. Congratulations on your next big adventure!

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
08/08/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

TBM Avenger is looking good! We are all excited for the finished product

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
08/08/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

The First Annual Art Contest was a huge success It was our pleasure to award and recognize these young talents.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
08/04/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

VMFP-3 mini reunion. Look what an amazing job this crew did on our bird! We were honored to have you with us the last few days.

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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