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Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum Preserving Marine Aviation for the Future

Excellent museum and the docents are retired Marines with lots of great info and history to share. A must see if you are in the area. “Dennis C on YELP”

Dennis C

Super cool!! My family loved it so fun it was open cockpit day kids loved it! Such friendly people are there and knowledgeable….so much fun and it’s free!!! Grace S on YELP

Grace S

I spent a long time wandering through the planes, photographing the amazing aircraft and the environment. I wondered if my grandfather had flown any of them, and felt I connected with him as well as my own family history. I also felt as if I had accomplished an uncompleted task on my father’s list as well.  Scott B on YELP

Scott B

Great place to take your kids to or to remind ourselves as American citizens or immigrants to the US, just how many lives were sacrificed by our servicemen and servicewomen.  J.L. Clemente on Google

J.L. Clemente

All in all a smashing museum and a highlight of our trip to San Diego!
Me_n_my_ruc…on Trip Advisor


I visited the museum this week with my awesome daughter who is a Corporal at Camp Pendleton. We talked with Captain Joe Larkin USMC ret. What stories he had to tell. Wish we could have had more time to talk with him. He has our greatest respects and what a friendly volunteer. Samson S- Facebook

Samson S

I took my 15 year old son to enjoy the history and awesome display of military aircraft utilized by the USMC throughout American history. The docent, Lou, was a wealth of knowledge and very helpful. Thanks for hospitality and efforts in making this a must see!
B Stevens on Google

B Stevens

One of the best aviation museums I’ve ever experienced. Amazing array of planes and helicopters from over a long period in military aviation history. Highly recommend a visit for enthusiasts and anyone with a curiosity about marine history
Ysobella P – Google

Ysobella P

The museum is free and run by knowledgeable volunteers (service must be in their blood). Although the inside portion of the museum is small, there is much to learn, celebrate and enjoy if you take your time going through exhibits. There are scavenger hunt sheets for the kids to help keep the little ones interested. Outside there is plenty of room for adults and kids to roam among the aircrafts. If you would like to picnic there are tables available. Our group consisted of ages 3yrs, 7yrs, 15yrs and adults. We all enjoyed our time at this museum and the conversation sparked by our visit. We stayed about 1 1/2 hours and could have easily stayed longer. The museum is closed on Mondays and does have some days you can get into some of the aircrafts.
Thank-you vets for making this museum possible! Mj H via Tripadvisor

Mj H

Reviews From Our Educational Programs At The Museum

I teach at an online school and each year I host a field trip here. The docents are awesome. They have so many stories and knowledge to share with the students. Each plane is unique and we even got to go inside one of the helicopters. As a history teacher, this is a perfect field trip for all ages. Inside, there is a museum to meander through. It's free too!
Jenny W. on YELP

Jenny W

Marine Corps aviation history, the artifacts on display at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and most importantly, the volunteers, greatly enhance our efforts to promote character traits including integrity, courage, perseverance and patriotism in schools and in the community.
Edward DeRoche, Ph.D
Director of the Character Education Resource Center
University of San Diego

Edward DeRoche, Ph.D

The field trip to the museum was an amazing experience for my students. They were able to have a clear look at how values like responsibility, honor, respect, perseverance, and a strong work ethic translated into lifelong success. They also received the message that they would not have to wait long for the transformation, but that it would begin to manifest itself in their schooling. For many students, with the "real life" consequence of practicing those values so readily apparent, they finally understood what their schools had not been able to convey.

City Heights Middle School Teacher



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