Update on Plans to Move and Reopen the Museum

Update on Plans to Move and Reopen the Museum

In today’s podcast, Executive Director of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, BGen Michael Aguilar, shares an upbeat assessment the progress being made toward the establishment and reopening of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in Irvine, CA. 

2021 Student Awards Ceremony

2021 Student Awards Ceremony

In this special episode of “The Inside Loop”, we interview our third-place winner of the 2021 middle school essay contest: Chloe Mullen, Grade 6, from The Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe. Chloe wrote about her hero, her grandfather, an Air Force veteran who has lived a life of service and integrity she aspires to emulate.

How Jet Engines Work

How Jet Engines Work

Today’s question is  “How do jet engines work?”.

For an answer to that question we welcome back Lt. Colonel Joe Bassi, Ph.D.,  (USAF, Ret.) to “The Inside Loop” Podcast.

John Glenn’s “Project Bullet” F8U Crusader

John Glenn’s “Project Bullet” F8U Crusader

John Glenn became a national hero by setting a new transcontinental airspeed record on July 17, 1957…sixty-four years ago this week.  Although Glenn’s accomplishments as a Marine aviator, astronaut and senator are well documented, little is known about the subsequent history of the Crusader flown on that record-setting flight in 1957.

In today’s podcast we explore the rest of the Crusader’s story.

Notable Flying Leathernecks: Robert Hanson

Notable Flying Leathernecks: Robert Hanson

The Alvis Grant portrait reproduction of Robert Murray Hanson as well as his Medal of Honor Citation are displayed on the Wall of Honor at the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation.

A leading Marine Corps ace during the Second World War, he is famous for shooting down 20 Japanese planes in six consecutive days. Hanson is credited with 25 total “kills,” including four Zeros, six torpedo bombers, and several other Japanese aircraft.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Hanson also received the Navy Cross for his courage and extraordinary airmanship between January 5, 1944, and February 3, 1944, two Purple Hearts and the Air Medal.

First Lieutenant Hanson was killed in action on February 3, 1944, just one day short of his 24th birthday.

Volunteer Profile and Tribute: Justin Whitney

Volunteer Profile and Tribute: Justin Whitney

In this special volunteer profile episode, we congratulate Justin Whitney; today, June 11, 2021, as we celebrate his graduation from high school and express our profound thanks for the tremendous support he has provided the Foundation.