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Lyon Air Museum

19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707
714-210-4585
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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Santa Ana
Type: Museums
Owner description: 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),... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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133 reviews 133 reviews
75 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I had the opportunity to visit the Lyon Air Museum recently when I was at Orange County Airport. This is a great secret, I have visited many museums across the county and the Lyon Museum may have the best quality display and artifacts of any you will see. The B-17 "Fuddy Duddy" is in perfect condition, as good an example... More

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Irvine, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We visited the museum in May 2014. Its across from John Wayne Airport. Cool little museum with a lot of history. They have a few war birds from back in the day and a little movie theater inside too to watch a mini movie about the museum and the history of the airplanes. Although it says Air museum they have... More

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Fullerton, California
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3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This is a great little museum, featuring planes, motorcycles and cars of the WWII era. Not so big you can't view it in an hour or two, but very interesting pieces in the collection, including a Mercedes Benz owned by Adolf Hitler and a motorcycle owned by Steve McQueen. We went with 2 couples and had a great time. This... More

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California
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329 helpful votes 329 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I don’t know much about airplanes, but I enjoy seeing unusual things. So I enjoy little museums like this, where I can get a little exposure to something and learn a thing or two. The place is small, but it has a lot of interesting exhibits. It’s definitely worth a look if you are in the area with some time... More

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Stockton, California
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8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I recently stumbled onto this museum and what a pleasant surprise. Upon entering I was given a very friendly greeting docent and asked if I would like a guided tour. There knowledge of all of the airplanes, vehicles and motor cycles was in great depth. I highly recommend this activity for the whole family. Easy to find with near by... More

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I went to the Lyon Air Museum and as a pilot I enjoyed it. My friend, not a pilot also enjoyed the trip. Nice old planes in great shape I went to the Lyon Air Museum and as a pilot I enjoyed it. My friend, not a pilot also enjoyed the trip. Nice old planes in great shape

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

A great place to view some vintage aircraft, cars, and motorcycles. It is very clean. It is a great place for kids. Most of the items on display are operational and fly at airshows.

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Santa Ana, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Small but very interesting. Walt, an older docent, gave us a private 1 hour tour, which was great! We stayed 2 1/2 hours, and only left because I was hungry. The airplanes, motorcycles, cars and old bike are great, but the info is really the best. We could have stayed a couple more hours to watch the videos of airplane... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
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30 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This museum has a lot to view for it's size. We went on a Monday afternoon and it was empty other than one other couple. I must say, it's out of the way and if it wasn't for our GPS we probably would not have found it as we're not familiar with the area. But glad we did. It offers... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I share an interest in aircraft with my Father, a retired airline pilot and former bomber pilot for Strategic Air Command so when he and I had a chance, we spent some time over at the Lyon Air Museum. As others have mentioned, this is a small museum - basically one hanger off of John Wayne Airport - but the... More

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