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.

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.

Military wives are frequently left behind to hold down the fort while their husbands are off fighting for our freedom. T...
02/04/2020
The Irene Ferguson Military Wife recognition awards highlights the strength and dedication of USMC wives -

Military wives are frequently left behind to hold down the fort while their husbands are off fighting for our freedom. To help highlight the many sacrifices military wives make, we created the Irene Ferguson Marine Wide Recognition Award. 2016 awardee, Lauren Huff, was on KUSI News last week sharing more details - check it out below:
https://www.kusi.com/the-irene-ferguson-military-wife-recognition-awards-highlights-the-strength-and-dedication-of-usmc-wives/

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation’s Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award to honors and highlights the resiliency, strength, and dedication that USMC wife embodies as she supports our military men and women, families, and communities. The Flying Leatherneck H...

Submissions for the 2020 student art contest are now being accepted! Students in grades 8-12 all throughout San Diego Co...
02/01/2020
Art Contest | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Submissions for the 2020 student art contest are now being accepted! Students in grades 8-12 all throughout San Diego County are welcome to submit their artwork. Winners will be awarded a cash prize, have their artwork displayed at the Museum and turned into a postcard that will be available for purchase at the Museum’s gift shop.

For more information on this year’s student art contest, visit: https://flyingleathernecks.org/education/art-contest/

2020 Marines in Flight Student Art Contest Now Accepting Entries See the 2019 Winning Entries “Marines in Flight” Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 student art contest. Entries are due April 6, 2020. To make submission as easy as possible we are accepting entries electronically. There ...

Did you know that the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum was established in 1989 on MCAS El Toro? When Base Realignment ...
01/30/2020

Did you know that the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum was established in 1989 on MCAS El Toro?
When Base Realignment closed El Toro in 1999, a group of retired Marines from San Diego moved the Museum down, and has been one of the city’s hidden gems ever since. Come visit the Museum this weekend and explore over 31 aircraft currently on display!

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the history of Marine Corps Aviation. ...
01/28/2020
Become A Member | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the history of Marine Corps Aviation. Become a Member today and receive an array of benefits such as museum store discounts, guided tours and exclusive invitations to member-only events. Click the link below to learn more: https://flyingleathernecks.org/contribute/become-a-member/

Help support our Museum and educational programs at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum San Diego by becoming a member.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
01/24/2020

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Loved having the students from Joan McQueen Middle School visit the museum yesterday! Mike Wifler gave them a great recap on Marine Aviation and all of the treasurers hidden in the museum.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
01/24/2020

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Had the pleasure to host a group from Yuma today thru Tour West America. Big Thanks to Steve Smith and Leon Simon from Restoration and BGen (ret) Mike Aguilar for sharing their expertise!

TODAY is the last day to enter our giveaway! We are giving away a FREE one-year Foundation membership to one lucky winne...
01/22/2020
Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation

TODAY is the last day to enter our giveaway! We are giving away a FREE one-year Foundation membership to one lucky winner. Comment in our giveaway post for a chance to win!

GIVEAWAY TIME! We are kicking off 2020 by giving away a FREE one-year Foundation membership. Members receive several perks, such as exclusive invitations to annual events, museum store discounts, guided tours and so much more! To enter our giveaway, comment below and tell us which membership perk you are most excited for. The contest will be open for a week and the winner will be notified via direct message on Thursday, Jan. 23. Click the link below for a full list of Membership benefits: https://flyingleathernecks.org/contribute/become-a-member/

Are you a military buff or enthusiastic about our nation’s history? Then become a volunteer at the Foundation today! Our...
01/18/2020
Volunteer | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Are you a military buff or enthusiastic about our nation’s history? Then become a volunteer at the Foundation today! Our volunteers are the backbone of our Foundation and at the heart of everything we do. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities suitable for those with minimal to experience all the way to those with experience with the restoration process of historic artifacts. Click the link below to find the right volunteer position for you:
https://flyingleathernecks.org/contribute/volunteer/

Volunteer with Us!Our volunteers are the backbone of the museum and at the heart of everything we do. Join a dedicated, conscientious and diverse team from all walks of life. The time, energy, knowledge and enthusiasm of our volunteers are the primary reason that our visitors have an enjoyable and i...

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
01/17/2020

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Great event happening January 25th in support of Honor Flight San Diego. Several museum supporters were involved in this amazing project.

GIVEAWAY TIME! We are kicking off 2020 by giving away a FREE one-year Foundation membership. Members receive several per...
01/16/2020
Become A Member | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

GIVEAWAY TIME! We are kicking off 2020 by giving away a FREE one-year Foundation membership. Members receive several perks, such as exclusive invitations to annual events, museum store discounts, guided tours and so much more! To enter our giveaway, comment below and tell us which membership perk you are most excited for. The contest will be open for a week and the winner will be notified via direct message on Thursday, Jan. 23. Click the link below for a full list of Membership benefits: https://flyingleathernecks.org/contribute/become-a-member/

Help support our Museum and educational programs at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum San Diego by becoming a member.

Nominations for the 2020 Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Award are now being accepted! Tell us about a Marine Corps active du...
01/14/2020
Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Nominations for the 2020 Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Award are now being accepted! Tell us about a Marine Corps active duty wife that embodies the resilience, strength and dedication needed to support our military men and women and community. Click the link below for more details: https://flyingleathernecks.org/about-us/programs/marine-wife-award/

Recognition awarded annually to highlight the resiliency, strength and dedication of women married to active-duty Marines.

Did you know that about 25% of the flights ever known by NASA had at least one Marine on them? Come visit the Flying Lea...
01/10/2020

Did you know that about 25% of the flights ever known by NASA had at least one Marine on them? Come visit the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and learn more about our country’s proud history by taking a tour of our exclusive limited-time exhibits like the Aviation Art & NASA Logo. The Museum is open all weekend from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Did you catch our Executive Director, Brigadier General Mike Aguilar (Ret.), on CBS8 with Jeff Zevely this weekend? View...
01/09/2020
The few, the proud, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Did you catch our Executive Director, Brigadier General Mike Aguilar (Ret.), on CBS8 with Jeff Zevely this weekend? View the whole segment at the link below & learn more about how to become a Member and support the Museum: https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/local/zevely-zone/the-few-the-proud-the-flying-leatherneck-aviation-museum/509-9f724e20-8bc6-47d9-9352-26e83455188a

Retired Brigadier General, Mike Aguilar, is the first Mexican-American to become a Marine Corps General

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
01/08/2020

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

This is such a special program, initiated several years ago by Major Glenn Ferguson to honor his wife and all that she meant to him, his career and the Marine Corps. Please consider nominating a Marine Wife that you see making a difference in the lives of those around her. Please visit our website at www.flyingleathernecks.org for more details and to nominate your special Marine Wife.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
01/08/2020

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

We love seeing families roam the museum grounds. Encouraging a love of aviation and history from a young age!

A trip to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is the perfect opportunity for kids to learn about the proud story of U...
01/07/2020

A trip to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is the perfect opportunity for kids to learn about the proud story of USMC Aviation and see historical aircraft up close. Plus, you'll likely run into one of our Veteran volunteers who love to share their own military stories! Join us Tuesday-Sunday from 9-3:30 p.m.

This month, we kick off our annual student art contest! The art contest is open to all students in grades 6-12 in San Di...
01/04/2020

This month, we kick off 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. We will begin accepting entries on Jan. 31 so make sure you read all the guidelines on our site: https://flyingleathernecks.org/about-us/programs/art-contest/

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a fun and safe celebration ringing in 2020. The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum ...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a fun and safe celebration ringing in 2020. The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is closed today and will resume regular hours tomorrow.

We want to take a moment to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas! Hope you all enjoy the holidays with those  yo...
12/25/2019

We want to take a moment to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas! Hope you all enjoy the holidays with those you love. In observance of the holiday, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is closed today and will resume regular hours tomorrow.

Merry Christmas Eve! If you're looking for a family-friendly activity this morning, join us at the Flying Leatherneck Av...
12/24/2019

Merry Christmas Eve! If you're looking for a family-friendly activity this morning, join us at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. The Museum is open until NOON today! Plus, check out our gift shop for last-minute holiday gifts.

Our aircraft spotlight for December is the TA-4J Skyhawk. The basic role of the TA-4J Skyhawk was a two-place, lightweig...
12/21/2019

Our aircraft spotlight for December is the TA-4J Skyhawk. The basic role of the TA-4J Skyhawk was a two-place, lightweight, high-performance trainer capable of operating from an aircraft carrier or shore base. It became the longest-serving of the Skyhawks as the US Navy’s standard advanced jet trainer until replaced in the early 1990’s with the T-45A Goshawk. Stop by the museum this weekend and check it out in person!

12/20/2019
Tour the USMC Flying Leatherneck Museum at Miramar

Tour the USMC Flying Leatherneck Museum at Miramar

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar outside San Diego, California is an excellent FREE museum including over 50 aircra...

12/20/2019
Military Working Dog Demo at the Museum

The Kennels at MCAS Miramar came to the museum for a demostration on Saturday, December 14th. We look forward to the next time they come to perform!

Toys for Tots aims to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children th...
12/19/2019

Toys for Tots aims to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy! Stop by The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and donate a new toy to brighten a child's Christmas this year.

Santa Claus is coming to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum! Santa will be at the Museum tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 14...
12/14/2019

Santa Claus is coming to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum! Santa will be at the Museum tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bring the whole family and take photos with Santa in front of our aircraft - admission and parking is FREE.

This Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is hosting a Military Working Dog demo. Trained ...
12/12/2019

This Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is hosting a Military Working Dog demo. Trained by a working dog handler, a military working dog can conduct searches of vehicles, open areas and buildings for detection of explosives or drugs. The family-friendly experience is FREE - join us!

12/07/2019

Today, we remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. This historic day also marks our entry into WWII. The TBM-E3 Avenger was the preeminent torpedo bomber of the Second World War - it served as the standard WWII carrier based Marine and Navy torpedo aircraft and light bomber.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
12/06/2019

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Great event at the museum Saturday, December 14th!

A couple weeks ago, our F4F Wildcat traveled up the freeway to Hollywood! The aircraft was the star of the red carpet at...
12/06/2019

A couple weeks ago, our F4F Wildcat traveled up the freeway to Hollywood! The aircraft was the star of the red carpet at the premiere of Midway. We think it made the perfect backdrop for photos - have you seen Midway yet?

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their commu...
12/03/2019
Become A Member | Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. If you’re interested in supporting the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, check out our new membership benefits on the site or donate directly! Your generosity ensures that we continue to meet our mission to preserve the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation, honor the service of its people and inspire future generations. https://flyingleathernecks.org/giving-tuesday/

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/

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T4203 ANDERSON Ave
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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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 .