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Lyon Air Museum

Address: 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone Number: 714-210-4585
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Ranked #2 of 12 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...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Pasadena, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
61 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

If you like the classic WWII era planes and pre WWII automobiles this little air museum is worth a visit.

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Mission Viejo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by this small museum. William Lyons, real estate developer has a great collection of planes, car, motorcycles, etc, most from World War II or before. There was just two of us and we were given a tour of the facility by one of the knowledgable docents. The admission price was $12, $9 for seniors.

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Hertford - England
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81 reviews 81 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The best $12 you will ever spend going to see this little gem of a museum. Easy to get to in a quiet cul-de-sac the far side of Orange County/John Wayne Airport, with ample parking, clean facilities, and a nice cooling drinking water fountain. Some really gorgeous well preserved stuff here, both aircraft and automobiles. The B17 and American Airlines... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This Air Museum is simply awesome. The history from wall to wall is impressive and the people on sight give you great insights as well. It was certainly like walking back in time and would be great for all ages. If I was visiting from out of town I would add this to the list of must do's while I'm... More 

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Lehi, Utah
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

There are some amazing planes and vehicles here! The staff is very friendly, and overall there are great explanations about the planes. There aren't many explanations for the vehicles, however, and one Navy plane had none at all. Don't plan to get inside of anything--you can't. They have video stations at several of the planes to give you history, however... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Lyon Air Museum is heavily focused on WW II era planes along with related land vehicles. If it were called the Lyon WW II Museum I would have given it 5 points, because then my expectations would have been different. Still, great place to see some awesome planes. One of the most impressive aspects of the museum is that... More 

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Irvine, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Nice place to visit and they hold regular events here. The planes are fun to view, there are also old cars and military artifacts. Educational and great for plane or military buffs. Be sure to check out the theater for some wonderful old film clips!

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Nipomo
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Interesting collection of WWII military aircraft and vehicles. A tribute to the men and women who "saved the world for Democracy" in the '40s.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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133 reviews 133 reviews
75 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
38 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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