Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation

Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation The Foundation supports the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, the only U.S. Marine Corps museum solely dedicated to the preservation of USMC aviation history.
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New temporary hours Fri-Sun 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.

New temporary hours Fri-Sun 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.

Operating as usual

In this week’s podcast, we say thank you to Flying Leathernecks volunteer, Justin Whitney. Congratulations Justin on you...
06/11/2021
Volunteer Profile and Tribute: Justin Whitney | Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation - Aviation Museum

In this week’s podcast, we say thank you to Flying Leathernecks volunteer, Justin Whitney. Congratulations Justin on your high school graduation day, and best wishes in your college journey. We know you’ll take the best of the Marine Corps and Flying Leathernecks core values with you. Knock ‘em dead Justin. Semper Fidelis.

https://flyingleathernecks.org/inside-loop/podcasts/volunteer-profile-justin-whitney/

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Volunteer Profile and Tribute: Justin Whitney by flyingEdit | Jun 11, 2021 | Podcasts | 0 comments In this special volunteer profile episode, we congratulate Justin Whitney; today, June 11, 2021, as we celebrate his graduation from high school and express our profound thanks for the tremendous suppo...

Save the Museum: Update from The Inside Loop podcast. We are excited to announce the next steps toward relocating and re...
06/09/2021
Save the Museum Update: June 2021 | Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation - Aviation Museum

Save the Museum: Update from The Inside Loop podcast.

We are excited to announce the next steps toward relocating and reopening the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Thank you for your overwhelming support to help #savethemuseum.

More news and updates coming soon.

https://flyingleathernecks.org/inside-loop/podcasts/save-the-museum-update-june-2021/

#FlyingLeathernecks #shareyourstory #aviation #museum #flyingleatherneckaviationmuseum #sandiego #Irvine U.S. Marine Corps

Save the Museum Update: June 2021 by flyingEdit | Jun 8, 2021 | Podcasts | 0 comments In today’s podcast we share several very positive developments in your Foundation’s efforts to save the museum and reopen it to the public. On May 25, 2021, the Irvine City Council unanimously approved a Memora...

Marine aviation was officially born on May 22, 1912, when First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham, USMC, reported to the N...
05/22/2021

Marine aviation was officially born on May 22, 1912, when First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham, USMC, reported to the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis “for duty in connection with aviation.” #flyingleathernecks #usmcaviation #aviationhistory
#marinecorpshistory #marines #history #famousflyingleathernecks

We knew the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is a setting for great stories and memories made, but how about meeting y...
05/17/2021
Foundation Profile: Volunteer Coordinator, David Zekert | Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation - Aviation Museum

We knew the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is a setting for great stories and memories made, but how about meeting your future spouse and getting married in front of an A-4 Skyhawk?!

https://flyingleathernecks.org/inside-loop/podcasts/foundation-profile-volunteer-coordinator-david-zekert/

#FlyingLeathernecks #IMarriedAMarine #volunteerprofile

Foundation Profile: Volunteer Coordinator, David Zekert by flyingEdit | May 14, 2021 | Podcasts | 0 comments The stories of the Flying Leathernecks are preserved and shared by a committed and diverse team of volunteers and staff at the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation. In today’s podcast w...

This week marks the 46th anniversary of the #FallofSaigon. SgtMajor Mike Zacker (USMC Ret.) shares his account during Op...
04/30/2021
Operation Frequent Wind: An Eyewitness Account | Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation - Aviation Museum

This week marks the 46th anniversary of the #FallofSaigon. SgtMajor Mike Zacker (USMC Ret.) shares his account during Operation Frequent Wind.

https://flyingleathernecks.org/inside-loop/podcasts/operation-frequent-wind/

#sandiegoveterans #veteranstories #usshancock #blackapril #oralhistories #LadyAce09 #goodmorningsgtmajor

Operation Frequent Wind: An Eyewitness Account by flyingEdit | Apr 30, 2021 | Podcasts | 0 comments This week marks 46 years since the successful evacuation of thousands of Americans, third country nationals and “at risk” Vietnamese from Saigon, South Vietnam, in “Operation Frequent Wind.” O...

Thanks Mike Wifler and Greg Hoxsie for this throwback 2019 video at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. #LadyAce09 #...
04/28/2021
Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum

Thanks Mike Wifler and Greg Hoxsie for this throwback 2019 video at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. #LadyAce09 #flyingleathernecks #aviationhistory

All about the Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum in Mira Mesa, San Diego.

The #NROL82 official mission patch includes a Marine F4U Corsair, and the American eagle bears initials "GPB" for WWII M...
04/26/2021

The #NROL82 official mission patch includes a Marine F4U Corsair, and the American eagle bears initials "GPB" for WWII Marine Flying Ace, Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. These symbols honor American warriors, exemplified by Boyington. #DeltaIVHeavy #flyingleathernecks

Have you seen our #NROL82 mission patch? It was designed to commemorate the many heroic acts and sacrifices made to protect our way of life. The NROL-82 logo depicts an eagle, America's symbol of freedom, wearing the traditional flight gear of a WWII Fighter Ace, specifically Gregory “Pappy” Boyington. As a WWII Fighter Pilot in the Marine Corps, Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was awarded the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, and Purple Heart for his heroism, dedication, and Ace Fighter Pilot skills. In the background you will find an F4U Corsair, Boyington's aircraft. The "SISU" tattooed on the eagle’s arm represents a mystical Finnish word roughly translated as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity: true grit. SISU is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain courage; a trait found in every American hero. The three stars on the patch honor those who have served, are serving, or will serve to preserve America’s way of life. Finally, the Latin phrase, TACITAE LIBERTATIS CUSTODEMQUE, ties the logo together in its translation: Silent Guardians of Freedom. #SISU #GPB #TeamNRO

04/26/2021

Good morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California where our live Delta IV Heavy blog has started and will take you all the way to launch time! The live launch webcast begins 20 minutes before liftoff: http://bit.ly/div_nrol82

The 9.5-hour countdown is starting at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA for Delta IV Heavy to launch NROL-82 at 1:46 p.m. PDT (4:46 p. m. EDT; 2046 UTC).

This is ULA's 143rd mission, our 90th for U.S. national security and 31st for the NRO.

62 years ago this month (April 9, 1959) NASA presented the Original Seven astronauts to the press and the public. Two we...
04/23/2021
Marines in Space | Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation - Aviation Museum

62 years ago this month (April 9, 1959) NASA presented the Original Seven astronauts to the press and the public. Two were Marines. Can you name them?
https://flyingleathernecks.org/inside-loop/podcasts/marines-in-space/

#MercurySeven #Marinesinspace #SDmuseumsathome

Marines in Space by flyingEdit | Apr 22, 2021 | Podcasts | 0 comments Today’s question is this, “When did the first Marine aviator become an astronaut?” Sixty-two years ago, this month (April 9, 1959), NASA presented the original seven astronauts to the press and the public. The Mercury Seven ...

Seen the news about the Harrier at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum? We have some updates to share, and some reall...
04/16/2021
AV-8 Harrier and an Update on the Museum | Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation - Aviation Museum

Seen the news about the Harrier at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum? We have some updates to share, and some really good news about the progress to save the museum. #av8 #flyingleathernecks #marines #sandiego #miramar #airplanelovers #marineaviation #navalaviation #quantico
https://flyingleathernecks.org/inside-loop/podcasts/av-8-harrier-and-an-update-on-the-museum/

AV-8 Harrier and an Update on the Museum by flyingEdit | Apr 16, 2021 | Podcasts | 0 comments In today’s podcast we respond to social media posts of photos showing the dismantling of the museum’s AV-8 Harrier and share some fun facts about the Harrier as well as some very positive developments w...

San Diego Veterans Magazine thanks for highlighting the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, the Flying Leatherneck Histo...
04/13/2021

San Diego Veterans Magazine thanks for highlighting the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, and its people in this April issue. #honoredtoserve

San Diego Veterans Magazine (April) is LIVE
Available at www.tinyurl.com/SDVets-April2021
"Month of the Military Child"
This is a GREAT issue for ALL parents....

To all those who supported or visited the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in the past weeks, we say thank you! Your r...
04/01/2021

To all those who supported or visited the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in the past weeks, we say thank you! Your response to help save the museum has been truly remarkable.

Stay tuned for news and updates as we continue to preserve and share the legacy of USMC aviation.

https://flyingleathernecks.org/news/leaving-mcas-miramar-and-moving-forward/

#semperfi #sdmuseums #sdcommunity #aviation #avgeek #savethemuseum #brightfutureahead

Nominations for the Marine Wife Award are due today. Founded by WWII Marine Corps pilot, Major Glenn Ferguson, in memory...
03/31/2021
Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award | Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation - Aviation Museum

Nominations for the Marine Wife Award are due today.

Founded by WWII Marine Corps pilot, Major Glenn Ferguson, in memory of his beloved wife Irene, the award recognizes the strength, resiliency and dedication that women married to active duty Marines embody as they support our communities, military and nation.

Friends and family members are encouraged to submit nominations. Awardees are given a cash award, ceremony and other gifts.

Nominate a #MarineWife here: https://flyingleathernecks.org/about-us/programs/marine-wife-award/

#milspouse #3rdmaw #mciwest 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Marine Corps Installations West

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

Thanks SanDiegoUnionTribune.com for sharing what our community can do to help save the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museu...
03/28/2021
Opinion: Community can help save Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Thanks SanDiegoUnionTribune.com for sharing what our community can do to help save the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.

flyingleathernecks.org/save-the-museum

#sdcommunity #sdmuseums #sandiego #savethemuseum

Before COVID-19, 30,000 to 35,000 visitors visited the museum annually

We are accepting nominations for the 2021 Marine Wife Recognition Award through the end of March.Learn more about the Ir...
03/25/2021
Nominations Now Due for Marine Wife Recognition Award | Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation - Aviation Museum

We are accepting nominations for the 2021 Marine Wife Recognition Award through the end of March.

Learn more about the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award and nominate a #MarineWife here: https://flyingleathernecks.org/about-us/programs/marine-wife-award/

#Milspouse #militaryfamily #sdmilfam #worldwar2 Blue Star Families Blue Star Families of San Diego Marine Corps Family Team Building - MCAS Miramar MCAS Miramar Station Library

https://flyingleathernecks.org/inside-loop/podcasts/nominations-now-due-for-marine-wife-recognition-award/

Nominations Now Due for Marine Wife Recognition Award by flyingEdit | Mar 25, 2021 | Podcasts | 0 comments The Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award honors and highlights the resiliency, strength and dedication of women married to active duty Marines as they support our military, communities....

CBS 8 - San Diego News On News 8 Morning Extra BGen Mike Aguilar talks about Victor "Brute" Krulak's explanation for why...
03/23/2021
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CBS 8 - San Diego News On News 8 Morning Extra BGen Mike Aguilar talks about Victor "Brute" Krulak's explanation for why the Marine Corps stays relevant to the American people. In the comments, share why you think the Museum is relevant to the USMC and the country.

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#brute #military #flyingleatherneckaviationmuseum #history

Retired Brigadier General, Mike Aguilar joined the show to talk about what he is doing to try and save the museum and how San Diegans can help.

Times of San Diego Thanks W. Mike Youngblood for this incredible opinion piece. #Semperfi. #flyingleathernecks #marine #...
03/23/2021
Opinion: Demise of Miramar's Flying Leatherneck Museum Would Be a Sad Day for Marines - Times of San Diego

Times of San Diego Thanks W. Mike Youngblood for this incredible opinion piece. #Semperfi.

#flyingleathernecks #marine #aviation #history #veterans U.S. Marine Corps

https://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2021/03/18/demise-of-miramars-flying-leatherneck-museum-would-be-a-sad-day-for-marines/

The museum is the largest facility refurbishing, displaying, and maintaining Marine warbirds, but is slated to close to save just $400,000 a year.

Save the Museum: Update from The Inside Loop podcast. Thank you for your overwhelming response to help #savethemuseum. T...
03/19/2021
Save the Museum: Update | Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation - Aviation Museum

Save the Museum: Update from The Inside Loop podcast.

Thank you for your overwhelming response to help #savethemuseum. To #Makeyourvoiceheard visit flyingleathernecks.org/save-the-museum

See some of your stories here: https://bit.ly/3vB7r4G

#flyingleathernecks #shareyourstory #aviation #museum #flyingleatherneckaviationmuseum #SDcommunity U.S. Marine Corps

https://flyingleathernecks.org/inside-loop/podcasts/save-the-museum-update/

Save the Museum: Update by flyingEdit | Mar 19, 2021 | Podcasts | 0 comments In a previous episodes we announced that the United States Marine Corps (USMC) plans to permanently close the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum on March 31, 2021. In today’s podcast we give you an update on efforts to sa...

According to Brigadier General Aguilar, a final decision on the fate of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum from the ...
03/18/2021
Backers fight to save Marines' Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum ahead of April 1 closure

According to Brigadier General Aguilar, a final decision on the fate of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum from the Commandant is expected any day.

Thank you for your voice of support. Please continue to reach out to your Reps and send letters to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and share your testimonials at flyingleathernecks.org/save-the-museum

#marines #marinecorps #oorah #flyingleathernecks #savethemuseum #makeyourvoiceheard #sandiego

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/military/story/2021-03-18/flying-leatherneck-aviation-museum-closure#null

Two decades of base budget cuts have left no choice but to shutter the museum, Marines say

“They aren't just artifacts. They aren't just airplanes. So many of our docent volunteers can actually have flight time ...
03/17/2021
Marine Corps aviation museum to close doors after brass cuts funding

“They aren't just artifacts. They aren't just airplanes. So many of our docent volunteers can actually have flight time in these aircraft, so they actually bring to life the stories of their service.”
#savetheflyingleatherneckaviationmuseum #military #veterans

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/marine-corps-aviation-museum-close

The Marine Corps will no longer fund the joint venture that kept the doors open for its only aviation-focused museum: the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in San Diego.

Honored to host Congressman Darrell Issa at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum this weekend.   https://www.kusi.com/...
03/16/2021

Honored to host Congressman Darrell Issa at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum this weekend.

https://www.kusi.com/congressman-darrell-issa-visits-flying-leatherneck-museum-set-to-close-permanently

#flyingleathernecks #FlyingLeatherneckAviationMuseum #sandiego #congress Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Honored to host Congressman Darrell Issa at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum this weekend.

https://www.kusi.com/congressman-darrell-issa-visits-flying-leatherneck-museum-set-to-close-permanently

#flyingleathernecks #FlyingLeatherneckAviationMuseum #sandiego #congress Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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4203 ANDERSON Ave
San Diego, CA
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Media Contact: Chuck Meadows Foundation Office Manager Phone: 858.693.1723 email: [email protected]

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Sunday 9am - 3:30pm

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ABOUT TODAYS FINAL POINT ABOUT HISTORIC AIR FORCE MUSEUM. FLYING LEATHERNECKS. I LOVED IT AND SUGGEST ROGER HERMAN CONTACT THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT SINCE MANY OF OUR FORMER ENEMIES HAVE SINCE MET AND HAVE RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER. MAYBE THEY COULD HELP WITH SOME FUNDING.? GOOD LUCK AND LOVE YOUR SHOW. I USED TO TRAVEL TO MANY MILITARY BASES AS A YOUND MAN TO SET UP ART AUCTIONS FOR THE OFFICERS WIVES CLUBS TO HELP WITH THEIR FUNDRAISING. I LEARNED ABOUT YOUR FUNDING ISSUES ON ONE AMERICA NEWS AND THE TIPPING POINT SHOW. PLEASE TRY THE JAPANESE AIR FORCE ANGLE TO FUNDRAISE. IMAGINE A JOINT SHOW WITH BOTH FORCES IN EXIBIT. BEST OF LUCK
Will the closure turn the current site into an on-base air park?
The Marine Corps has made the decision to close the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at #MCASMiramar. This beloved museum is a treasure for our community and visitors from around the world. More than just another San Diego military museum, it is the only museum in the world dedicated to telling the incredible story of Marine Corps aviation. In the #MarineCorps places are special. From the hallowed parade ground at #MCRD to the rocky Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, Marines have showed up whenever they are called upon to serve, and they serve faithfully. On the grounds of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, something special happens when visitors, military members, veterans and families connect and share in a dialog facilitated by the historic aircraft spanning decades of American history. Now I am asking Marines and lovers of freedom everywhere to show up and help us save this national treasure. This history and legacy belong at the local level and to the people who serve here every day. Please sign and share this petition and help save the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. www.SupportMarineCorpsAviation.org #FlyingLeathernecks #SaveOurCommandMuseums #SDcommunity #SanDiego #Miramar #SDliving #SDlife #Marines #MarineAviation #MuseumsMatter #SanDiegoMuseums #SanDiegoarts #Semperfidelis #universityofsandiego #CityofSanDiego #SanDiegoFoundation #Flyingleatherneckaviationmuseum
Kristie Pfledderer Doran Is/Was this your husband's aircraft? If yes, would either of you happen to have any more photos of it?
Looking forward to #15 Corsair back on display
Article written about VMF-513 Korea Conflict. #19 Rendering
W***y Fox VMF 513
Companion to previous post;Air Show. VMF-513sqd. #19 Corsair in flight!
AIR SHOW: Showing in flight VMF-513sqd. #19 WF (W***y 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 .