The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, a critically important icon of American heritage, has been saved.

The Museum will be relocating to Great Park, Irvine, California-the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. The target date to reopen to the public is August 2023. All the aircraft and artifacts owned by the Marine Corps will remain at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar until they can be moved to their new home.

In a Letter of Intent to the City of Irvine, Headquarters Marine Corps has just announced that it will keep the collection of aircraft and artifacts hosted by the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum intact. The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum Foundation anticipates a Memorandum of Agreement from the Marine Corps stating that the full collection will be loaned to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at Great Park.

Outside view of hangar for new home of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in Irvine, CA.Members of the Foundation’s Advisory Board are already meeting to plan the relocation and reopening of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. The Board will be working with the City of Irvine to restore and refurbish the former Marine Air Group 46 hangars (pictured on left), the future home of the museum.

The Foundation Advisory Board is comprised of retired Marines, business, legal, and museum professionals who will plan and guide the Museum to opening day and beyond.

View of the interior of the hangar that will serve as the new home of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in Irvine, CABrigadier General Michael Aguilar, USMC (retired), CEO of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, has indicated that the first task of the board is to raise funds required to prepare the hangar and move the aircraft and artifacts to Irvine.  General Aguilar also expressed his deep appreciation to the thousands of individuals from around the nation and the world who signed petitions and contacted their representatives about the museum. Their actions helped keep the collection intact and save the museum.