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Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum San Diego

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Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
T-4203 Anderson Avenue
San Diego
CA
92145
Tel: 877-359-8762

Where are we going today?

If you LOVE planes, aviation, history, and everything in between, you might like to know that the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum happens to be the ONLY museum in the entire world that is dedicated to the US Marine Corps aviation.

It also happens to be the museum that has the largest, and most complete, collection of incredible vintage aircraft that have been flown by Marine pilots...in the WORLD!

If you want to learn all about the story of the US Marine Corps and the part they have played in defending the USA - you have found your museum!

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum currently has 27 aircraft on display. This includes some pretty iconic models, such as "Lady Ace" - the helicopter that evacuated the US ambassador in 1975, from the rooftop in Saigon - how amazing is that!?

There are also 8 galleries that house artifacts from nearly the last century, covering all the way back to WWI, right up to present day. You can learn about the Marines in space, and even Women Marines (great to inspire those young girls in the family that they can do anything they want!)

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum also has one of the finest collections of Marine Aviation patches in the entire world.

For kids to be so close to real historic aircraft is quite a thrill. The museum maintain and restore these aircraft so they can continue to be admired for visitors in years to come.

Currently they are restoring a WWII-era Douglass Dauntless SBD bomber!

When you visit, make sure you speak to the staff. They are staffed nearly entirely by Veterans, who can tell you stories you could never read in a book!

Historic fun AND aviation fun at this fascinating San Diego Museum!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree! Donations welcome
  • ChildrenFree! Donations welcome
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 3:30pm Tues to Sunday

All year round

Teachers corner

It's a great place to take students! Just give them a call to arrange your group attending, and see how they can help .

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places to enjoy some food in San Diego before your visit! Why not grab something to fill those tummies!.

Healthy Eating!

It's always handy to take bottled water to stay hydrated.

Any Top Tips?

Keep an eye out for fun family events, such as Picnic with a Pilot and the Open Cockpit Days!.

Doing our bit

The museum faithfully collect and restore incredible items from our Marine aviation history. They are also run by a lot of volunteers who give their time to tell stories of their time in the Marines .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give the museum a call before you head out to see how they can help .

Can I get one of those?

Bring that pocket money because there is a museum store where you can pick up gifts like key chains and patches, as well as shirts, books, and historic items .

More information

When you arrive, use the Museum Gate on Miramar Road between Camino Ruiz and Cabot Drive.

What people are saying?

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    Great staff, many aircraft ranging from WWII to present. You also can't beat the price - free, with a recommended donation of $5, which is more than worth it. Personally I always bring a sketchbook to museums, and the way the aircraft are displayed lets me get as close or far as I want from any angle, which I very much appreciated. While the museum building is small, be sure to ask about the various displays - the staff are helpful and had some great facts and anecdotes about the artifacts. I only wish I brought sunscreen and a bigger hat- be sure...Read More

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    Our two year old liked the museum and he enjoyed walking around the helicopters in the outdoor display , we didn't have to worry about him because the place had a nice tall fence. The museum buidling is old but well maintained, the restrooms were nice and clean and the people working there were courteous and friendly. We would love to go again in summer during the cockpit days.

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    Great aircraft selection outside but the indoor museum was closed the day I visited for installation of new carpet. Few trees so site can be a bit warm. The present museum is just trailers but I don't know whats inside.

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    I'd also have to ask my ghost just like the other check-in in San Diego, never been here... just my Google timeline is showing that I have...

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    Great museum that I think is better than many of the other aviation museums I've been to that seem to be far better financed. The planes the FLAM has are neat, and you can get right up next to them, under them, etc. The staff are there to greet you from the very beginning, answer any questions, and obviously care very much about what they have to share.

    I'm also partial to outdoor exhibits since it helps kids to get their exercise, but also not have to be so quiet as a typical museum atmosphere. Highly recommend it for a family trip or any veterans....Read More

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by Sebastian Kings

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Great staff, many aircraft ranging from WWII to present. You also can't beat the price - free, with a recommended donation of $5, which is more than worth it. Personally I always bring a sketchbook to museums, and the way the aircraft are displayed lets me get as close or far as I want from any angle, which I very much appreciated. While the museum building is small, be sure to ask about the various displays - the staff are helpful and had some great facts and anecdotes about the artifacts. I only wish I brought sunscreen and a bigger hat- be sure to bring those if its a sunny day out. Still, I had a great time and highly recommend this museum!

by Evan Berrett

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Great museum that I think is better than many of the other aviation museums I've been to that seem to be far better financed. The planes the FLAM has are neat, and you can get right up next to them, under them, etc. The staff are there to greet you from the very beginning, answer any questions, and obviously care very much about what they have to share.

I'm also partial to outdoor exhibits since it helps kids to get their exercise, but also not have to be so quiet as a typical museum atmosphere. Highly recommend it for a family trip or any veterans.

The Weather

Monday

Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Temp: 104° F / 40° C
Humidity: 32 %
Wind: ENE - 7 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 93° F / 34° C
Humidity: 28 %
Wind: E - 11 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 84° F / 29° C
Humidity: 45 %
Wind: W - 10 MPH

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