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The Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, Orange County, is home to some of the rarest aircrafts and vehicles in the world, with a strong emphasis on World War II. War veterans can reminisce and tell stories, while younger generations learn about aviation history in the United States.
The veterans who volunteer here are knowledgeable and friendly guides. They’ll happily share information and stories while showing you around the museum.
See the B-17 Flying Fortress named Fuddy Duddy, a famous aircraft that featured in films including Tora! Tora! Tora!, the 1970 dramatization of the attack on Pearl Harbor. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was the aircraft’s most famous passenger; he later became a president of the United States.
All of the airplanes on display still fly. If you are lucky enough to be around at the right time, there are occasional events where visitors can watch the machines take to the skies.
American machines are not the only ones on display at the Lyon Air Museum. Take a look at a 1939 Mercedes Benz Touring Wagon developed for the German army. The particular vehicle displayed at the museum was originally delivered to Adolf Hitler during the war. He used it until it was seized by the French Army.
The museum was founded by Major General William Lyon, a retired member of the U.S. Air Force and successful businessman.
Lyon Air Museum is located on the west side alongside the tarmac of John Wayne Airport, a 10-minute drive from the California coast and South Coast Plaza, and a 15-minute drive from downtown Santa Ana. Free parking is available on-site. Several Orange County Transportation Authority buses service the airport.
The museum is open daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Group tours and discounts are available.
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