General Aguilar updates readers on the status of the museum and appeals for donations in order to continue the process of moving and re-establishing the museum.
Happy 247th Birthday, Marines!
Read the Commandant’s message and watch the annual USMC birthday video.
The trek uphill continues as we work with the City of Irvine to craft an agreement for relocating the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum (FLAM) to Great Park. The two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), the first between Irvine and the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation (FLHF) and the second MOU between Irvine, the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation and the Marine Corps, along with previous planning discussions form the framework for the development of a final agreement.
We are continuing to work on the agreement between the Foundation, City of Irvine and the USMC on responsibilities for the re-establishment of the museum in Great Park. In the meantime design and development of layout for exhibits has moved forward and we are exploring options to store the aircraft in Great Park until Hangar 296 is ready for occupancy. Finally, a Marine Wife awardee was recognized in a plaque-unveiling ceremony in our administrative offices.
Camp Pendleton Marine wife, Kyp Hughes, was named the 2022 recipient of the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award. This annual award recognizes the wife of an active-duty Marine for her outstanding service to the U.S. Marine Corps, community, nation and family.
The Memorandum of Understandings has been signed by all parties so the race to re-establish the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in Hangar 296 in Great Park, Irvine has begun! Also, view the museums action plan and project timeline.
Winners of the 2021-2022 “Marines in Flight” Student Art Contest have been announced.
Officials from the City of Irvine have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to move the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum to its new home in Hangar 296 at Great Park.
General Aguilar anticipates that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allowing the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum to be established at Great Park, Irvine, CA will be signed by all parties by the end of May. In anticipation of the signing of the document, planning and fundraising for the establishment of the new world class museum preserving and sharing the legacy of Marine aviation is ongoing.