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2014 Easter Holiday Closure

  Sorry, we are closed Sunday, April 20 for the Easter Holiday. We wish all of you and your families and very Happy Easter. Please make plans to visit the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and Historical Foundation as soon as you can. If you are already here in the San Diego area, consider some of these […]

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Presidio to Pacific Power House

The Flying Leathernecks are proud to be a part of this year’s Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse exhibit that encompasses military and history museums across San Diego, Calif. county. You can pick up your passport here at the museum, and get your first stamp with us! Program Overview San Diego has been a military town since […]

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John Glenn’s Project Bullet F8U Crusader The Rest of the Story

By Bill France Significant accomplishments in aviation and astronautics during the mid-1950s and early 1960s were regarded as major news events. This was certainly true on July 16, 1957 when Senator (then Marine Major) John Glenn became a national hero by setting a new transcontinental air speed record.  On that day, Major Glenn flew an […]

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Corsair Pilots Tell Their Stories

By Frank Lorey ©2012 Over seventy years ago, in 1938, the Navy came up with a specification for a new carrier-based fighter, with the Bell, Grumman, and Vought companies entering designs in the competition. The Vought prototype flew in May, 1940, and eventually the experimental version became the United States’ first 400 MPH single-engine fighter, […]

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A Trip Back in Time: Vietnam

By J. T. “Birdie” Bertrand It is 12:45 PDT, April 14, 2012, in Los Angeles. Korean Airline’s A380 has just started its takeoff roll and soon we will be airborne on our way to Seoul Korea, a 1 hour 20 minute stopover and a connection to a Korean Airlines B-737 flight, non-stop to Da Nang […]

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The Few, The Proud, The Generous

October 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013  General Fund Donations Col J. Laurence Adkinson, Robert A. Almquist, Col Donald W. Anderson, Col Sam Badiner, BGen George L. Bartlett, CAPT Thomas G. Bauer, Mr. & Mrs Dmitriy Bekkeman, LtCol & Mrs Jay N. Bibler, Richard Blomgren, BGen William A. Bloomer, Robert S. Bolt, William F. Brindell, […]

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Medal of Honor Recipient

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to: MAJOR STEPHEN WESLEY PLESS UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS for service as set forth in the following CITATION:  The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Major […]

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McDonnell Douglas RF-4B Phantom II

RF – Type (Reconnaissance Fighter); 4 – (Numerical Designation); B – (Version or Variant) The McDonnell Douglas RF-4B was the photo reconnaissance version of the versatile F-4 Phantom II. It first flew on March 12, 1965 with the first delivery going to Marine Composite Utility Squadron Three (VMCJ-3), based at MCAS El Toro, in May […]

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Tyrone Power

Legendary film and stage actor Tyrone Power was widely known as a “matinee idol” during a career that spanned more than 25 years. He starred in numerous films including The Long Grey Line, The Mark Of Zorro, The Sun Also Rises and A Yank In The RAF. Power’s performance as an accused murderer in the […]

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