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Lyon Air Museum

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Address: 19300 Ike Jones Rd, 19300 Ike Jones Road, 92707, Santa Ana, California, Santa Ana, CA 92707-5229
Phone Number: 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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Great facility - Well worth a visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Andrew S
Costa Mesa, California, Usa
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Costa Mesa, California, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Leo L
Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 stars 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 

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Joshua Tree, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

This museum was small but very interesting with a 45 minute movie about submarine life during WWII, along with airplanes, Jeeps, and motorcycles.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I was in Orange County this week and made a visit to the Lyon Air Museum - Just Excellent WWII History. The displays here are just fantastic! The B17 is one of the best surviving WWII bombers!

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Redondo Beach
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Very educational and fascinating for those interested in WWII. Be sure you get a docent to give you a free tour. They are volunteers and bring the planes and vehicles to life. Also get a groupon ticket- 4 of us paid $27 total verses $24 each. Allow 2 hours. You will find out the origin of the terms "that's a... More 

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Banning, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Get there early to have the small or individual guided tour. Nicely maintained and we understand that most can be used. Looks good overall and there is information on various branches of the military. Worth your time to see, takes about 2+ hours. Theater shows history of aviation and is very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

I was planning on going to the Lyon Air museum during my trip to visit my son. To our surprise, we heard and saw the B-17 and B-24 fly over. We went to the museum and really enjoyed the aircraft, cars, motorcycles, and period pieces. Everything was so clean , well layed out ,and enjoyable. We spent as much time... More 

Thank Robert J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This museum close to the John Wayne airport is both educational and entertaining. Cost is very reasonable and the museum is open daily except for Christmas and one other day. For World War ll buffs it is a must; for everyone else it is an unforgettable opportunity to see fabulous airplanes, motor vehicles and a short documentary about the air... More 

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