Announcements and Online Resources

Museum is Closed to the Public Pending Relocation

Check out the online programs and tours below


Update on the Campaign to Save the Museum

Great news! 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 in Irvine, California. We will continue to keep you updated on the journey to reopen the museum in its new home. Click here for the latest information.

Thousands of you signed petitions to keep the museum open to the public and shared moving stories about what the museum means to you. Thank you. Your voices were heard. You can read some of those stories and  testimonials here.


In the meantime, the Foundation is continuing its programs to preserve and share the legacy of USMC aviation through its education programs and activities listed below.

Please continue to visit the website for updates on the progress being made to move the exhibits and reopen the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.

Student Essay and Art Contest Winners Announced:

The Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2020-2021 “Marines in Flight” Art Contest and the “Honor, Courage and Commitment” Essay Contest.

For more information on the 2021-2022 contests please got to the education tab here.

2021 Marine Wife Awardee:

The staff and volunteers of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation take great pride in announcing  that Jennifer Beckwith is the 2021 awardee of the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award.

To hear more about Jennifer and the award, listen to the podcast by clicking here.

The Inside Loop:

Kids of all ages can send in questions and get answers from our experts.  The Inside Loop podcast publishes each Thursday morning and video-taped interviews are also available.  Enjoy past episodes and send in your own questions here.

Virtual Classroom Visits:

Our museum docents are available to remotely visit a limited number of classrooms.  The volunteers, most of whom are retired military pilots or aircrew, have expertise in aviation, physics, space, U.S. history and military service.

If you would like to set up a time for one of our volunteers to remotely join a session of your classroom, please fill out the online request form here.

Virtual Tour:

Courtesy of Altitude Cam, check out this tour of the museum’s aircraft here.

Gallery of Aircraft:

Read about the aircraft in the museum’s collection by clicking here.

Celebrating 20 Years at MCAS Miramar:

The Museum opened to the public at its current location at MCAS Miramar in June 2000.  Courtesy of San Diego Veterans Magazine, read about moving 41 aircraft down Interstate 5 and some of the people who created the museum here.

Online interviews and additional resources:

Coming soon: staff and volunteers are working to put additional resources, activities and interviews online.