The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is the only Museum entirely dedicated to United States Marine Corps (USMC) Aviation, with the largest and most complete collection of vintage aircraft flown by Marine pilots in the world. The Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am to 3:30 pm and admission is free.
Currently on display are 27 aircraft from World War II to present day, including “Lady Ace”, the helicopter that evacuated the U.S. ambassador from the rooftop of the embassy in Saigon on April 30, 1975, an action that effectively ended the Vietnam War. The Museum is staffed almost entirely by veterans, many of whom served as pilots, aircrew, or ground crew in past conflicts and wars. These veterans donate more than 24,000 hours annually to share their deep knowledge with visitors and make our history come alive.
Our main fundraising event of the year supports Museum operations and funds maintenance and restoration of the 48 vintage aircraft in our collection. (Currently being restored by volunteers is a rare World War II-era SBD bomber that spent more than 40 years at the bottom of Lake Michigan.) Governor Pete Wilson, a Marine Corps Veteran, is the Guest of Honor. For sponsorships of the gala, please call the Foundation at 858-693-1723 or visit www.flyingleathernecks.org/annual-gala.
Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation Working to Inspire a New Generation
In partnership with the Character Development Center of the University of San Diego, the Museum offers curriculum-based programs on the history, legends and legacy of service and sacrifice. Programs include field trips, classroom visits and an essay contest that encourages middle and high school students to reflect on the role that honor, courage and commitment play in their own lives.
For more information, visit www.flyingleathernecks.org.