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Lyon Air Museum

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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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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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Great WWII Museum

This museum is at the John Wayne airport. Beautiful examples of planes flown in WWII and other vehicles from that period. Best part are the docents who are Veterans. They tell... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Riverside, California
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Riverside, California
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is at the John Wayne airport. Beautiful examples of planes flown in WWII and other vehicles from that period. Best part are the docents who are Veterans. They tell their stories making the museum come alive.

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Dublin, Ireland
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lyon Museum is tucked away behind John Wayne Airport, but is well worth seeking out. They have several WW2 era aircraft in first class condition, docents who flew in them, and vehicles both US and German from WW2. They also show some interesting film clips from the period.

Thank gaelflyer
Las Vegas, Nevada
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136 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this by chance after looking for things to do on our last day in OC before we left. It is right by the airport - in fact, you can watch the jets take off from the hangar. It was a great experience. We got there early and although there was a school outing, it was still accessible. We had... More 

Thank TrvlnRoundUS
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The museum is small but was done so very well. The planes and cars are amazing. The Steve McQueen motorcycle is also a highlight. The best part of the museum is the staff aand the docents who actually flew missions in WWII. Amazing place! Thank you Mr. Lyon.

Thank hooverdam4
Austin, Texas
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126 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

If you are near the John Wayne Airport in Orange County be sure and take the time to see the Lyon Air Museum. There is a rotating collection of vintage aircraft, motorcycles and fabulous cars, and is suitable for all ages. It is small, but so worth the time and they also have excellent docents.

Thank margo b
Saint Charles, Illinois
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

What a great place to visit. While traveling on business I had some time to kill and visited this little museum located by the John Wayne Airport. Loaded with WWII US aircraft and some great German pieces too. All are kept operational Highly recommend this for solo or families Well worth a couple hours of time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

I'm a pilot so I thought it would be great to see some of the WWII history so close to where I was visiting in Orange County. I took an Uber ride from the hotel and walked in. Paid my $12 and off to the museum. I immediately ran into a volunteer named Bill. We spent the better part of... More 

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Pleasanton, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed every minute of our visit to this wonderful air museum in Santa Ana. General Lyon has assembled an astonishing array of his best stuff here, with WW2 aircraft and motor vehicles all in working condition. Now in his 90s and still very actively involved with the museum, General Lyon also had his collection of Duesenbergs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

For any aeronautical buff or anyone interested in WW II memorabilia, this is the place to visit. Located on the John Wayne (Santa Ana) Airport property in Orange County CA, this great attraction has many airplanes and ground vehicles, including one of Hitler's armored limousines. A special feature of the museum is the fantastic group of docents that are WW... More 

Thank gary o
Fountain Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The Lyon Air Museum is a bit of a hidden treasure in Orange County. Located on a side street across from the runway at John Wayne, the museum is awesome. It is on the small side, but you can easily spend a couple of hours. From the moment we stepped in the door, the staff and docents were so friendly,... More 

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