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Lyon Air Museum

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Address: 19300 Ike Jones Rd, 19300 Ike Jones Road, 92707, Santa Ana, California, Santa Ana, CA 92707-5229
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+1 714-210-4585
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Lyon Air Museum (LAM) is a 30,000-sq.ft. facility based at John Wayne...

Lyon Air Museum (LAM) is a 30,000-sq.ft. facility based at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. Founded by Maj. Gen. William Lyon, USAF (Ret), the museum houses a fleet of superbly conditioned, operational and historically significant World War II-era aircraft and vehicles. Docent-led tours take visitors for a walk through history as they stroll among machines and artifacts that helped define the 20th century. Interactive educational exhibits intended to inspire viewers provide in-depth narratives about the history of each aircraft.

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All aircraft are beyond well maintained and in pristine condition! I was extremely delighted to see these aircraft as they should be presented as part of their rich aviation... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Colton, California
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Colton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All aircraft are beyond well maintained and in pristine condition! I was extremely delighted to see these aircraft as they should be presented as part of their rich aviation history. The entire museum reflects the pride in their collection and is a must see for anyone who comes to Southern California!

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This museum is in a hangar on the back side of the John Wayne Airport, but so worth the time to find it and visit! I love that they have special parking for our Military Veterans too! When you first enter the museum, you are greeted by warm and friendly personnel, and the docents there are so knowledgable and friendly!... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Great WW11 planes, motorcycles, cars & more. Very informative, we were met by Bob a 94 year old WE11 veteran & pilot! He was amazing & inspirational. Some interactive areas. A hidden treasure!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Walk under the wings of aircraft of the second war..see Hitler's jeep. Beautifully maintained planes and cars. This museum is a must see destination for history buffs, car or plane hobbyist. Great location..looking out at small planes landing john wayne airport.

Thank Traveling_Lady_456
Linhares, ES
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Good place to visit in Orange County, California. The volunteers are very nice and helpful! I recommend.

Thank Sheila C
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

This was my third visit to the Lyon Museum, and it never disappoints. This time we brought my dad, sister, and our nieces and nephews ranging in age from 12 to 25. Everyone enjoyed the experience. Our tour guide was an extremely knowledgeable docent. We had three WWII history buffs with us, and he answered every question - didn't get... More 

Thank Stephanie M
Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We took our grand children to the museum. The docent was knowledgeable and informative. We viewed the exhibits and artifacts. The grandchildren even went on the sidecar motorcycle and the aircraft trainer. Everyone enjoyed the visit. Not a big cost and right next to the airport so you see planes taking off.

Thank Colby R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

A very cute museum with kind and helpful people to answer all my questions. What a delight on a cold Saturday afternoon!

Thank Robin S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Visited this museum for about two hours. It is a fairly small museum, but it is packed with incredibly well kept aircraft. I would highly recommend a visit to this museum. Very enjoyable experience.

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Huntley, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Tucked away at the back of the Santa Ana Airport...and you best trust your GPS, is this very nice private museum found by Major General William Lyon. The planes, vehicles, and other display pieces are absolutely pristine in their presentation. Each of the aircraft we saw on our visit was totally operable and many had either been in recent area... More 

Thank John F

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