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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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A step back into history

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Santa Ana, California
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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

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Joshua Tree, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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