The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, a critically important icon of American heritage, can be saved if sufficient funds are raised to relocate its collection.
The Museum has been offered the opportunity to relocate its collection to Great Park, Irvine, California-the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. All the aircraft and artifacts owned by the Marine Corps have been cleared to remain at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for a very limited time while the Foundation raises funds to prepare the space and move the collection to the proposed 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 for several months. 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 so the entire collection can be moved to Great Park.
Members of the Foundation’s Advisory Board are already meeting to plan the relocation of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. The Board will be raising funds and working with the City of Irvine to restore and refurbish the former Marine Air Group 46 hangars (pictured on left), the proposed 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.
Brigadier General Michael Aguilar, USMC (retired), CEO of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, has indicated that the most critical task of the board is to raise sufficient funds 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 for now, and made the relocation of the museum a possibility.
Illustration by Dale Mann. Used with permission.