Save the Museum

Save the Museum

On March 31, 2021, the United States Marine Corps intends to permanently close the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. It is the Marine Corps’ plan to break up the aircraft collection and give it away, sell it or destroy it. There is no current plan to dispose...
Hall of Heroes: Major John Lucian Smith

Hall of Heroes: Major John Lucian Smith

Major John Lucian Smith is another hero painted by Alvis Grant in the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation’s “Hall of Heroes.” Major John Lucian Smith, United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and...
How to Subscribe to “The Inside Loop”

How to Subscribe to “The Inside Loop”

“The Inside Loop” is a forum where kids of all ages can get their questions answered by our experts. In today’s podcast we descibe how you can subscribe to our free weekly podcast.  Send your questions about aviation, space, U.S. history and military...
Hall of Heroes: LtCol Michael Kurth

Hall of Heroes: LtCol Michael Kurth

In today’s podcast we focus on one of the heroes painted by Alvis Grant in the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation’s “Hall of Heroes.” Lieutenant Colonel Michael M. Kurth, United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Navy Cross  for...
Marine Wife Recognition

Marine Wife Recognition

Nominations are open through March 19, 2021 for the annual Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award. The award honors and highlights the resiliency, strength, and dedication that  United States Marine Corps wives embody as they support our military men and women, families and communities.

In today’s podcast Traci Wilson, the 2018 awardee and chairwoman of the all-female committee that chooses the awardee is interviewed. Friends and family members are urged to submit a name for consideration. Click on the award’s logo to hear the podcast and for the online nomination form, rules and information about the award.

Alvis Grant’s Hall of Heroes

Alvis Grant’s Hall of Heroes

The “Hall of Heroes”  featuring Marine aviators who have been awarded the Medal of Honor is one of the most popular displays at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.  The Medal of Honor is the nation’s most prestigious military decoration.

Artist Alvis Grant painted the portraits on display.  He was an original resident of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and served as a Marine in the Pacific Theater during World War II.  In this podcast we answer frequently asked questions about the artist.

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Heroes of the Sky Campaign

Heroes of the Sky Campaign

This week we share the 2020 year-end updates on programs and the appeal letter by the volunteer Executive Director of the Foundation,  Brigadier General Mike Aguilar, USMC retired.

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Help us preserve the legacy of USMC aviation and inspire all generations with the courage, contributions and sacrifices of its people by donating to our “Heroes of the Sky” campaign. The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

31 Years Flying the A4 Skyhawk

31 Years Flying the A4 Skyhawk

Major General Bob Butcher, USMC (retired) describes what it was like to fly A4 Skyhawks and the improvements in the performance of the aircraft during his time in service.

GeneralButcher is a distinguished Marine Corps aviator who flew A4 “Skyhawks” for 31 years.

Click on the picture to get sent to the podcast as well as for directions to descriptions of the Skyhawks in the museum’s collection.