Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Outdoor exhibit aircraft looking northwest.jpeg
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is located in California
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Location in California
Established1999 (at current location)
Location4203 Anderson Avenue
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
San Diego, California
United States
Coordinates32°53′28″N 117°8′21″W / 32.89111°N 117.13917°W / 32.89111; -117.13917Coordinates: 32°53′28″N 117°8′21″W / 32.89111°N 117.13917°W / 32.89111; -117.13917
TypeMilitary aviation museum
DirectorChristopher Van Stelle
CuratorSteve Smith[1]
WebsiteFlying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and Historical Foundation

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is a United States Marine Corps aviation museum at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California. The museum contains exhibits and artifacts relating to the history and legacy of United States Marine Corps Aviation. The outdoor exhibits include 31 historical aircraft, multiple military vehicles and equipment. Indoor exhibits feature photographs, artifacts and artwork from the early days of aviation to the present.[2]


The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum has the largest collection of historical aircraft flown by U.S. Marine Corps aviators in the world. Currently on display in an outdoor setting are 31 aircraft from World War II to the present. Indoors there are 8 galleries displaying artwork, photographs, uniforms and artifacts from World War I to today. Temporary exhibits for 2019 include one on Military Working Dogs.

The museum has a 27,000 square foot restoration hangar.[3] There are future plans to build a 90,000 square foot museum building for indoor displays.[4]


Aircraft on display[edit]

Other exhibits[edit]

In storage[edit]

MCAS Miramar Post Exchange[edit]

The following items, being located away from the museum complex, are available only to visitors who have access to the post exchange.[citation needed]

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Photo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Board Of Directors". Flying Leathernecks. Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  2. ^ "About The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum". Flying Leathernecks. Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  3. ^ Luke, Steven (31 August 2012). "Stepping Inside the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum". NBC 7 San Diego. NBCUniversal Media, LLC. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Future Plans". Flying Leathernecks. Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az "Aircraft Listing" (PDF). Flying Leathernecks. Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation. October 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  6. ^ ""Lady Ace 09" unveiled at aviation museum". Marines. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Skyhawks Forever". A-4 Skyhawk Association. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  8. ^ "EA-6B Prowlers on Display". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  9. ^ Gray, James (Summer 2014). "L-5 Newsletter" (PDF). Sentinel Owners & Pilots Association. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  10. ^ Wilkens, John (13 August 2017). "Three Americans, one plane: Seeking closure for a WWII disappearance". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 21 August 2017.

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