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Address: 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone Number: 714-210-4585
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: 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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Interesting collection in a nice space; wish it were bigger!

My first visit. I arrived just after opening on Sunday and was able to walk around, see all the attractions and take pictures with very little “image interference” from group... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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191 attraction reviews
227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

My first visit. I arrived just after opening on Sunday and was able to walk around, see all the attractions and take pictures with very little “image interference” from group tours and/or roaming children. The museum is small for its type (one room), but the space is clean and very well laid out. I would recommend a visit, but don’t... More 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Went here on a day that was fairly crowded and on first glance I thought that we would not be able to get a tour. When we went inside I was very surprised to see that it is such an interesting place full of great memorabilia some of which was donated by some of their very own volunteers. Upon walking... More 

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Alpine, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The MTFCA (Model T Ford Club of America) visited there on a tour . There are planes & old cars . It would have been nice if there were more places to sit & rest after walking around this huge museum . Guys were more interested in it then the ladies .

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Laguna Niguel, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

i recently did a photoshoot at this museum. The aircraft all flys and is impeccably maintained. There are a variety of aircraft, jeeps, cars and motorcycles. There is even a German car that is very rare. This is not a large museum but instead a hidden gem next to John Wayne Airport. A must see for kids.

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Irvine, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

If you like planes and want to see a nice collection of planes and cars, visit this museum. It is small but it is very well organized and the staff members are great and proud of their work

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

While this museum is small, it is filled with planes and automobiles from the 1930's and 1940's. The docents are very knowledgeable and willing to spend as time with you talking about WWII and airplanes on display and about the Allies and Axis powers. Well worth a few hours to a half a day.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Immaculate bullding with beautifully restored aircraft from WWII era. Aircraft and old cars and motorcycles are all operational, maintained by MGen Lyon's staff. Docents -- at least the one who hosted us -- very knowledgeable and interesting. In addition to aircraft and autos, there are several informative and well done display cases of interest. $9 apiece for seniors or military.... More 

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We were renting a car on our trip anyway, and the museum is at the airport, so this was an easy stop at the beginning of our trip. There are a few WWII aircraft that you can really get close to and examine. I've flown a B 25, and the one they have on display was a nice chance for... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Located at Orange County/John Wayne Airport on the other side of the runway compared to the main terminal. They have a nice collection of WWII aircraft in flying condition (the oil is dripping from the engines) as well as unique cars and motorcycles. The docent was very nice, helpful and knowledgeable. Definitely worth a visit for an airplane enthusiast.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

It looks like these planes just came off the assembly line. The museum is in a large hanger right off the the landing strip at John Wayne Airport. Planes were landing and taking off all the time. The museum is exceptionally clean. There is a short movie of a combat mission. Many of these types of planes were shot down... More 

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