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“Super Museun for Former Marine Aviation Types”

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Ranked #125 of 430 things to do in San Diego
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
San Diego
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Super Museun for Former Marine Aviation Types”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The museum has a representative sample of the types of aircraft flown by Marine aviation units from WW II to present. Its accessed from Miramar Road do you do not have to get on base to visit.
Since I was assigned to a Marine A6 and F4 Squadron seeing these aircraft brought back a lot of memories.
While a fairly small building displays the history of Marine aviation, the aircraft static displays are wonderful.

Visited October 2012
Thank Jim M
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So Cal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Great short visit with tons of opportunity for photos”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

This place I almost missed while driving down Miramar Road. Great plethora of USMC planes and it won't take you the whole day to check out all of them. Great for aircraft and military buffs for sure. This was my first time here, hope to come back when they bring more craft in. If you're in MM, be sure to check it out, though it closes at 3:30! I would say it's worth the donation as well to come check it out.

Visited December 2012
Thank d l
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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“Whew...Exhaustive Collection!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This interesting museum staffed by enthusiatic volunteers contains an overwhelming amount of information about Marine aviation. It features WWII, Korea and especially Vietnam memorabilia and memories. There's an affecting video that captures a conversation among Vietnam helicopter pilots--their highlights and fearsome moments.The outside area has an many, many restored planes and copters. Narrowly focused museum...but worth a visit...it's free.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Maureen A
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Whistler, Canada
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“Great visit and full of History”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We arrived on a hot day at USMC Miramar to visit the museum. We were greeted by an Ex-Vietnam Helicopter Pilot who was extremely kind and knowledgeable. He gave us a nice introduction to the museum and it's exhibits and offered any assistance if we had questions. The museum is a must see for any aviation enthusiasts and whilst the fighter pilot school has moved to Nevada, the history of Top Gun is on show at this museum. They have a large external exhibit garden with fighters and attack aircraft from WWII right the way through to the current F/A 18 and all manner in between. They even have a space ready for F35 whenever they manage to get one. If you want an insight into US Naval Aviation history, I challenge you to find better than the Flying Leatherneck Museum at USMC Miramar!

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Matt_Livingstone
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Top Gun relived”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

I went to this museum with my hubby and two teenage sons. To sum it up in one word: Fantastic! Entry is free, it is staffed with really informative and helpful staff and there is an outdoor and indoor componant.
We were so lucky to attend on an open cockpit day, which allowed the boys to get inside the aircraft as well as see them up close. While we were strolling through the museum we were fortunate to have been able to watch some FA 18 jets doing manouveres over Miramar. How can you get any better than that?
We are from Australia so we were able to see aircraft we only ever read about in books or see on TV. To see them up close was awesome.
Not just planes but anti aircraft guns, tanks, helicopters etc on display.
While there is no entry fee, a good donation is highly recommended so museums like this can continue to ensure that people who do not normally have access to these exhibits can continue.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Brigitte R
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