Museum is Closed while We Raise Funds and Prepare the Collection for Relocation
Check out our online tours, resources and programs.
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is closed to the public while we prepare the artifacts and aircraft to be transported to their proposed new home in Great Park, Irvine, CA. A history and monthly updates on efforts to relocate are included in the timeline below.
Target date for reopening to the public is August 2023.
In the meantime, the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation is continuing the work of preserving and sharing the legacy of USMC aviation through school programs and virtual visits, recognition of Marine spouses and documentation of the experiences of those who served.
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is the only museum in the world primarily dedicated to United States Marine Corps (USMC) aviation. It has the largest and most complete collection of historical aircraft flown by U.S. Marine pilots in the world. The museum tells the proud story of USMC Aviation and the part it has played in defending America.
During the journey to our museum’s new home, El Toro Hangars at Great Park in Irvine, CA, we will continue to display online the historic aircraft we displayed at our San Diego location. All of the aircraft owned by USMC will be moving to Irvine. A few aircraft that were on loan from other services will be sent to other museums while we relocate. We will keep you updated on where those aircraft go.