Welcome to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum!

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in San Diego 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.

The Museum was established in 1989 on MCAS El Toro in Orange County, CA. When Base Realignment closed El Toro in 1999, a group of retired Marines from San Diego, led by Major Generals Bob Butcher and Frank Lang, spearheaded the move of the aircraft and artifacts to MCAS Miramar.

Aircraft Restoration
The Museum maintains and restores vintage aircraft used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) through work performed by employees and volunteers.

In the last 12 months, 28,000 people from around the world came to the Museum.

Museum Hours:

Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
(closed Mon. & Federal Holidays). 
Free Admission

Location

4203 Anderson Ave
San Diego, CA  92145-0316
Phone: 858-693-1723
*see location page for mailing

Events- Exhibits

- Military Working Dogs
- Dauntless SBD-1
- WWII Flying Ace
- Military Art- NASA Logos

The Museum's regular hours are Tues-Sun from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  The Museum will be closed on the following holidays and special event days.

  • November - Veteran’s Day
  • November-Thanksgiving
  • November-Friday after Thanksgiving
  • December-Christmas Day
  • January-New Year's Day
  • Closed all Federal Holidays
  • Closed during the Miramar Air Show

     

Location:

Museum Location:
4203 Anderson Avenue
San Diego, CA  92145.
*Sentry-free museum entrance is on Miramar Rd between Camino Ruiz and Cabot Drive.

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 45316
San Diego, CA 92145-0316

location map to Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum San Diego

 

 

 

At The Museum

Aircraft and Artifact Displays

  • 31 aircraft currently on display, including “Lady Ace”, the helicopter that evacuated the U.S. ambassador from the rooftop of the embassy in Saigon on April 30, 1975.  See the birds-eye view
  • 8 galleries of artifacts from World War I to present day including Marines in Space and Women Marines
  • One of the world’s finest collections of Marine Aviation patches.
  • On-site gift shop offering Marine Corps and aviation-themed books, models, patches, clothing and gifts.

 

Current restoration projects

  1. The iconic World War II-era Douglass Dauntless SBD bomber.
  2. Restoration work has been done for the USS Midway Museum and Air and Space Museum in San Diego.

What You’ll Experience: Staff – Historians – Guides:

The Museum is staffed almost entirely by veterans, many of whom served as pilots, air crew, or ground crew in past conflicts and wars.

“They give engaging tours, share spellbinding stories, and provide eyewitness accounts and insights on history and personal experiences.”

These veterans as a group donate more than 19,000 hours of time annually to share their deep
knowledge with visitors.

Great for Parents!

San Diego enjoys gorgeous weather year-round, and children love to walk around our planes. The outdoor display area is fenced in, so you can let your kids explore without them wandering too far astray. The planes are fun to explore for all ages!

Special Events, Temporary and Traveling Exhibits:

Open Cockpit Days at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Military Working Dogs Exhibit & Special Event

Exhibit – History, training and missions of military working dogs. Through June, 2019

Demonstrations- Live demonstrations of military working dogs will be hosted at the museum.

World War II Flying Ace

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum – Free Family Friendly Events

Open Cockpit Days at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Open Cockpit Days- Summer Events

Imagine you are a pilot at our Open Cockpit Days! Held during the summer on select dates our Open Cockpit Days are a must do, free and fun family-friendly activity at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in San Diego

Save the date: See next summers series of Open Cockpit Days.

Picnic With A Pilot - Summer Event

Picnic with a pilot featuring amazing distinguished pilots and aircrew occur during Open Cockpit Days during the summer on select dates. Our featured pilots and/or crew who maintained aircraft share their history, experiences and memorable moments from their careers.  They also have Q & A.

Stay tuned for next summers series of Picnic With A Pilot.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

See our aircraft, exhibits and facilities dedicated to preserving and sharing the legacy of the men and women of U.S. Marine Corps Aviation

Our museum is proud to have more than 48 aircraft in its collection. Our restoration staff works tirelessly to restore these planes to their original glory. Exhibits are rotated on a regular basis in order to provide variety to our visitors.

Sikorsky HUS-1 UH-34D Seahorse Helicopter

Sikorsky HUS-1 UH-34D Seahorse Helicopter

Bell UH-1N (HUEY) Iroquois Helicopter

Bell UH-1N (HUEY) Iroquois Helicopter

Grumman TBM-3E Avenger

Grumman TBM-3E Avenger

Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk

Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk

Beech T-34B Mentor

Beech T-34B Mentor

North American SNJ-5 Texan

North American SNJ-5 Texan

McDonnell Douglas RF-4B Phantom II

McDonnell Douglas RF-4B Phantom II

North American-Rockwell OV-10D Bronco

North American-Rockwell OV-10D Bronco

Mikoyan – Gurevich MiG-15 Fagot

Mikoyan – Gurevich MiG-15 Fagot

Sikorsky HRS-3 (H-19) Chickasaw Helicopter

Sikorsky HRS-3 (H-19) Chickasaw Helicopter

Grumman F9F-2 Panther

Grumman F9F-2 Panther

Chance Vought F4U-5N Corsair

Chance Vought F4U-5N Corsair

Douglas F4D Skyray

Douglas F4D Skyray

Douglas F3D Skyknight

Douglas F3D Skyknight

McDonnell F2H 2 Banshee

McDonnell F2H 2 Banshee

McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Hornet

McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Hornet

McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Hornet Adversary

McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Hornet Adversary

McDonnell Douglas F-4JS Phantom II

McDonnell Douglas F-4JS Phantom II

Boeing Vertol Sea Knight CH-46 Helicopter

Boeing Vertol Sea Knight CH-46 Helicopter

Bell Sea Cobra AH-1 Helicopter

Bell Sea Cobra AH-1 Helicopter

Northrop F-5E Tiger II Adversary

Northrop F-5E Tiger II Adversary

Douglas A-4M Skyhawk II

Douglas A-4M Skyhawk II

Douglas Skyhawk A-4F

Douglas Skyhawk A-4F

Douglas A-4C Skyhawk

Douglas A-4C Skyhawk

Grumman A-6A E Intruder

Grumman A-6A E Intruder