“Marines in Flight”

The 2021 contest is now open!  Entries are due April 6, 2021.


2021 “Marines in Flight” Art Contest:

To make submission as easy as possible we are accepting entries electronically. There are two forms to submit: a questionnaire about the work completed by the artist and a contact form attaching a photo of the artwork.  The student questionnaire should be attached to the art contest submission form.  Parents/guardians or teachers should submit the entries, not students.

Please keep the original artwork.  Finalists will be notified and asked to deliver their artwork to the museum. Finalists also will be required to submit a release form signed by their parent/guardian at that time.

Who is Eligible?

All students in grades 6-12 in San Diego County plus all military dependents in grades 6-12 who reside in the Southwest District.


The purpose of this Student Art Contest is to give students a platform to express their artistic and creative skills as they learn about U.S. and aviation history and the contributions, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who designed, built, flew and maintained these iconic aircraft as well as the missions they completed.


Awards will be made in two categories: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.

Cash Prizes in each of the two categories:

First Place     $300

Second Place $200

Third Place    $100

Subject Matter:

All aspects of U.S. Marine Corps Aviation, past and present.


  • One Entry per student.
  • Artwork can be any paper medium or canvas board (colored pencil, pastels, water colors, acrylics or oils.)
  • All artwork originals must be in an 11 x14 format.
  • Paint must be dry and artwork must be fixed to avoid smudging.
  • All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and not violate U.S. copyright laws.
  • Artist’s name and a title and description of the work must be included in each electronic entry.
  • Entries are submitted electronically by parents/guardians or teachers.  Winners will be asked to deliver their original artwork to the museum as well a release form signed by their parent/guardian.

Deadline: April 6, 2021

How Artwork will be Evaluated:

A committee of retired Marines representing the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation and the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum will complete the initial assessment of the artwork. A committee of  professional artists will rank the finalists based on knowledge of the theme, creativity and originality.


We welcome all visitors to the museum to see the collection of 31 historical aircraft on display as well as the indoor galleries of photos, artwork and artifacts. Photos featuring all aspects of USMC aviation are widely available online. Photos of the aircraft in the museum’s collection are located in our aircraft gallery


The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation are not responsible for lost or damaged artwork.

Questions and  Information:

Please call us at 858-693-1723 or send an email to FLHF@flyingleathernecks.org

Submission Forms:

There are two forms:

  1. A student/artist  questionnaire about their artwork.  These questions should be completed by the student.  Answers can be clearly handwritten or typed on the page provided or students are free to answer the questions on a different page. The answers should be given to a parent or teacher for submission.
  2. An online submission form. This form and the information requested should be completed and submitted by a parent/guardian or teacher. The student/artist questionnaire referenced above should be attached along with a photo of the artwork.

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Phone: 858-693-1723
Email: flhf@flyingleathernecks.org
4203 Anderson Avenue
San Diego, CA 92145
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 45316
San Diego, CA 92145-0316




4203 Anderson Avenue
San Diego, CA 92145
P.O. Box 45316
San Diego, CA 92145-0316