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.
President of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, BGen Michael Aguilar, reports that the Advisory Board of the Museum has been touring Hangar 296 with architects and engineers in anticipation that the final Memorandum of Understanding with the Marine Corps lending the MCAS Miramar command museum’s collection to the site will be signed very soon.
The museum has been offered the opportunity to relocate to Great Park, Irvine, California-the former MCAS El Toro. In response, USMC leadership has indicated that they will keep the collection intact and stored at MCAS Miramar for a very limited period of time to give the museum’s foundation the opportunity to raise sufficient funds to prepare the new facility and move the collection.
Yesterday, March 28, 2021, marks a sad day for all of us as we prepare to permanently close the gates of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at MCAS Miramar.
After more than 20 years of the base our home, we have lost the fight to keep the museum at its current location. However, our mission continues and we will keep you apprised of our work to relocate the museum.
Our free, family-friendly museum is now open to the public Thursdays-Sundays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Covid safety protocols are in place.
We look forward to welcoming you back!
2016 Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Awardee, Lauren Huff, who also serves as chairwoman of the committee choosing the 2020 nominee was interviewed about the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award by KUSI on January 30, 2020.