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“Worth the $12 admission”
Review of Lyon Air Museum

Lyon Air Museum
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Santa Ana
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 17, 2012

My friend and I took her parents here and we really enjoyed it. The facility is very clean and all the planes and vehicles inside have been restored very well. There is a small movie theatre were you can watch a short film on the War; it was informative. Although this isn't a huge place with tons of things to see, the things that are there are really cool. There are old planes and military motorcycles as well as a few old cars, military vehicles, and Hitler's car. There are display cases inside which have various items from the war. This place is worth checking out and is right by the John Wayne Airport. We really enjoyed our time here.

3  Thank Moby21
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"flying fortress"
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"john wayne"
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"military vehicles"
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"on display"
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"general william"
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"nice collection"
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"guided tour"
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"orange county"
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"bomb bay"
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"well worth the visit"
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"private collection"
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"movie theater"
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"vintage planes"
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"adolf hitler"
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"excellent presentation"
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"clean restrooms"
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

A hidden gem in OC! Beautiful planes, lots of historical items and docents to answer questions and share stories.

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Reviewed July 17, 2011

We visited when there was a Dusenberg exhibit. The Dusenburg exhibit was great. The normal exhibits were nice but very few to see considering admission was $12 each. It looks like there is 20 cars/planes that are normally there. The building is very nice but the displays are weak.

1  Thank shipdad
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

This Museum has been open since 2009, but appears to be a still hidden treasure in Orange County. Part of this appears to be its location on Ike Jones Road; it's behind the Orange County Airport. Even knowing it was there I found it a little confusing to find. But if you follow the road around the bend and behind another building you will be rewarded by a gem of a small museum. There are many World War ll airplanes and war vehicles, as well as, an old bread delivery truck. There are many display cases with War and personal memorabilia. Make sure you find the wedding dress made from a parachute. What a great way to walk down Memory Lane and a tremendously interesting, educational experience! There are Docents available to give you a guided tour, which I highly recommend. Or you can tour the museum on your own, as we did after the tour. Be sure sure to look for the small movie theater that currently shows a movie called The Grey Eagle. Well worth watching. There is a small entrance fee for the museum, but discounts for military personnel and seniors and a reduced price for children.

3  Thank Sandi B
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Reviewed September 21, 2010

This is a stunning museum with not only beautifully restored aircraft but vintage motorcycles and military vehicles as well as artifacts. There is a movie theater playing old ww2 documentaries. At first glance the museum seems small but I spent hours here. If you want you can go on a docent led tour (highly recommended), but there are also informational video kiosks throughout.

2  Thank Luke_Skyhawker
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