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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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Sun - Sat 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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Good place to visit - not a whole lot here, but definitely worth your time

A nice smaller museum with some beautiful flying planes. You'll not spend a lot more than an hour and a half here, but it's easy to get to if you're anywhere near the airport, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
itstheflyingdutchman
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Orange, California
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Orange, California
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79 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A nice smaller museum with some beautiful flying planes. You'll not spend a lot more than an hour and a half here, but it's easy to get to if you're anywhere near the airport, and worth a visit. Very nice to think that all these planes are in airworthy condition and do get flown! Pity the airport doesn't allow visitors... More 

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Thank itstheflyingdutchman
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lyon Air Museum is visible from Joyn Wayne Airport. It is small but contains many aircraft used in WWII. A docent will accompany you and explain facts about the various aircraft and cars. Our docent, Paul, was very knowledgeable and had flow unmanly of the aircraft, so he added a great deal of enthusiasm! We stopped for lunch at... More 

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Thank Calgal39
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A jewel of Museum with World War II Era aircrafts sits across from the take offs and landings of John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. The showpiece is a restored B-17 Flying Fortress with bomb bay doors opened. A B-25 like the ones used on the Dolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942 glims in its polished aluminum skin. The real... More 

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Thank Don W
Balboa Island, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I'm a vet and I was impressed with the quality and detail in this museum, The young man giving the tour was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Well worth the price of admission.

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Thank Namaste4U
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I, although not really into avionics and war museums, saw this highly rated attraction on Trip Advisor and decided to attend. The Lyon Air Museum is somewhat tucked away but was not too hard to get to. It cost $12 each as adults and we were warmly greated by "Bill" (deconter) who took us on a highly... More 

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1 Thank Gavin H
Gig Harbor, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

I had a couple of hours to kill at SNA so I went to the Lyon Air Museum. I'm an airforce brat so always love airplanes and their history. Well worth the visit and had an outstanding docent who took the time to walk with me the entire time.

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1 Thank HarborDave
Orange County, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Took my dad here for Father's Day as a surprise and met up with some of his friends and their families that we had not seen for years. It was an amazing exhibit and visit with friends. We spent several hours and were fascinated every moment. Highly recommended.

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1 Thank Cherylan H
Round Rock, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Located next to the John Wayne Airport was Lyon Air Museum. This was founded by Major General William Lyon to have a collection of functional aircraft, rare vehicles, and World War II era memorabilia. I enjoy going to air museums like this, because there’s always something of interest. It’s always fun to look at the old cars, especially because you... More 

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1 Thank Dave M
Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

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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1 Thank slhess
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

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.

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