The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum opened 20 years ago this month at its current location. Forty-one aircraft were moved 75 miles down Interstate 5 (with just one mishap) from El Toro. The move was envisioned and overseen by Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation Chair Emeritus, Major General Bob Butcher.
The grand opening of the museum was held in June 2000. Former San Diego Mayor, Roger Hedgecock, officiated at the grand opening ceremony through an onsite radio broadcast. Former New York Yankee, Marine aviator and Padres radio announcer, Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Coleman (USMC-retired) was one of the guests of honor. Legendary Major League Baseball player and Marine aviator, Ted Williams, participated remotely via loudspeaker.
Courtesy of San Diego Veterans Magazine, read about the history of the museum and its move to MCAS Miramar here.