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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 28 things to do 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
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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Lake Charles, Louisiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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133 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
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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Pasadena, California
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63 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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