On March 29, 2021, the United States Marine Corps closed the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum to all visitors at its current location at MCAS Miramar.
The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, cared for and nurtured the museum for the past 22 years. We have been making every effort to work with senior Marine Corps leaders to develop a viable and sustainable alternative to the permanent closure of the museum and the dispersal and/or destruction of its aircraft and other items in the collection. One possibility is moving the museum to a new location at Great Park in Irvine, CA .
Re-opening the museum in Irvine is dependent on the USMC agreeing to lend the museum’s collection to the new museum to be opened at that location. The decision from the USMC is expected before the end of the year.
Campaign begins with contacting state representatives (Congressman/Senators), Commandant of the Marine Corps, Secretary of the Navy.
Also at this time countless supporters and visitors of the museum shared their heartfelt stories about why the museum is important to them and why the unique museum should remain open.
Museum Supporters Speak Out
We are a military family. We have taken our children there for history lessons. The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is a primary, patriotic live history site. It is necessary to show and allow the people to touch and hear the stories of our veterans and country. The Museum shows truth and life. The textbooks that are used in the schools cannot compare. Please find away to preserve the Museum. It will inspire the future.
Inside Loop – Podcast – Save the Museum
Testimonials – Podcast Audio
See, read and hear coverage by outside press and media from the closing of MCAS location to relocating, building and preserving history at the Great Park in Irvine.