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Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Ranked #98 of 463 things to do in San Diego
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: See 31 historical aircraft from World War II to present day up close at this museum showcasing the legacy of U.S. Marine Corps aviators, crews and support personnel. Indoor galleries feature artifacts, uniforms and photographs from the earliest days of aviation to present. For a limited time see exhibits on the Navajo Code Talkers and on World War II Flying Ace and Medal of Honor recipient, Joe Foss. Check website for dates of Open Cockpit Days and Pilot Talks! The Museum is located at 4203 Anderson Ave, San Diego. The sentry-free entrance is located on Miramar Road, 3.9 miles east of I-805 or 1.3 miles west of I-15. Look for the American and Marine Corps flags! Admission and parking are always FREE.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is free and run by knowledgeable volunteers (service must be in their blood). Although the inside portion of the museum is small, there is much to learn, celebrate and enjoy if you take your time going through exhibits. There are scavenger hunt sheets for the kids to help keep the little ones interested. Outside there is plenty of room for adults and kids to roam among the aircrafts. If you would like to picnic there are tables available. Our group consisted of ages 3yrs, 7yrs, 15yrs and adults. We all enjoyed our time at this museum and the conversation sparked by our visit. We stayed about 1 1/2 hours and could have easily stayed longer. The museum is closed on Mondays and does have some days you can get into some of the aircrafts.
Thank-you vets for making this museum possible!

Thank mjhetzel
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"marine corps"
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"top gun"
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"on display"
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"gift shop"
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"accept donations"
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"open cockpit"
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"mcas miramar"
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"navajo code talkers"
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"indoor displays"
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"marine base"
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"suggested donation"
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"fighter pilot"
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"static displays"
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"knowledgeable volunteers"
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"free entry"
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"vietnam war"
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"planes and helicopters"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter found this place and wanted to bring me to visit. She had to work so I wondered about alone.

Many of the aircraft I supported were there. It brought back good memories.

Thank Phil K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this museum with our grandson who was delighted to complete the sheet provided for children to find interesting things in the museum. Inside features include an exhibit about the Navajo Code-Talkers and John Glenn and less well-known but just as interesting ace pilots. Outside many beautiful examples of equipment from WWI through 21st century.

Thank Lydia V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This volunteer-run museum has a "mom and pop" feel to it despite being at MCAS Miramar. Closed on Mondays, and look for "open cockpit" days when you get to sit in selected jet and WW2 aircraft. The indoor exhibits (and restrooms) are in a small temporary building and include mostly memorabilia - no flashy multimedia here. Since it's free this would be a good place for a large family for 1-2 hours, as long as the smaller kids are not running wild. There is a picnic table if you bring your own food. The gift shop has some unique souvenirs and toys related to Marine aviation.

Thank redbar0n17
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a great find..and FREE (well donations accepted). We drove up from our hotel in National City, especially to visit this great museum and weren't disappointed. We were greeted by the highly knowledgeable Dennis...he sure knows a thing or two about political and military history and was a great guide to the museum. We were especially taken with the fascinating story of the Navajo Code Talkers and then there's the large number of aircraft (fixed wing and helicopters) to see outside. We bought a few items in the shop where the lovely Elsa served us. All in all, one of the best things we did in California...and we did a LOT! Tremendous.

Thank JaneR123
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