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Address: 19300 Ike Jones Rd, 19300 Ike Jones Road, 92707, Santa Ana, California, Santa Ana, CA 92707-5229
Phone Number: +1 714-210-4585
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Adorable little museum

A very cute museum with kind and helpful people to answer all my questions. What a delight on a cold Saturday afternoon!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very cute museum with kind and helpful people to answer all my questions. What a delight on a cold Saturday afternoon!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this museum for about two hours. It is a fairly small museum, but it is packed with incredibly well kept aircraft. I would highly recommend a visit to this museum. Very enjoyable experience.

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Huntley, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tucked away at the back of the Santa Ana Airport...and you best trust your GPS, is this very nice private museum found by Major General William Lyon. The planes, vehicles, and other display pieces are absolutely pristine in their presentation. Each of the aircraft we saw on our visit was totally operable and many had either been in recent area... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

What a great selection of planes from World War Two. Nicely displayed with nice legible write ups for each piece.

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

We were not sure what to expect at this museum but we were surprised and would visit it again. They house WW2 Aircraft all of which fly. Helpful staff and interesting visit as the aircraft are nicely displayed. It is in the John Wayne Airport, Orange County where these aircraft fly out of.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

The Lyon Air Museum was founded by Maj Gen William Lyon, USAF [Ret]. Gen Lyon later founded William Lyon Homes, and several other business enterprises. It is located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. I am really impressed with this museum. The hangar is immaculate. It is clean and bright. And while you should... More 

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Costa Mesa, California, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

In a place like Orange County there is a lot of value placed on what is new. That said there is substantial history here, including World War II aviation history. The Lyon Air Museum does a wonderful job bringing World War II aviation history to life. One of my favorite things is seeing Grandparents with Grandchildren viewing the collection and... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Went on my one day off before a big job. This museum, which opened four years ago, has one of the few fully restored, operational B17s! There's a C47 that's operational as well as B25 and an A20. There are also other planes as well. The museum is small and I like the intimacy between the collection and the viewer.... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

It was only a five minute drive from the Orange County airport. I love seeing WW2 aircraft and they have some very knowledgeable volunteer guides. The displays of authentic equipment were interesting. The theatre runs a continuous film anout the development of aircraft. Beautiful place!!

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

A docent (Al) greeted us right away and gave us a personal tour! Al was very knowledgeable about the planes history...you can tell he enjoys interacting with the public very much. The exhibit hall is very nice and the planes, cars, motorcycles and etc. were restored to mint condition. Allow between 1-2 hours. Located right next to the John Wayne... More 

Thank Mark H

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