Beginning of main content

Lyon Air Museum

See some of the rarest flying machinery left over from World War II and learn about the United States’ role in aviation history.

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.


Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide.

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

Map

Lodging Near Lyon Air Museum

See all 1,799 Properties near Lyon Air Museum
Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel $123
Reviewed on May 12, 2019
See details
 
Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel

4500 Macarthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Rooms are very nice. Lots to do without having to leave the hotel. Only bad part was the “vending and ice machine” rooms on every floor only had ice. No vending machines to be found.

    Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach $125
    Reviewed on May 15, 2019
    See details
     
    Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach

    Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach

    4545 Macarthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      No complaints about this property at all. Everything was as it should be. The bathroom was well stocked, shower was luxury home quality and the layout of closet & frig / bar was clever and efficient. My 4 staff encounters were all excellent.

      Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton-Irvine/Orange County Airport $105
      Reviewed on May 19, 2019
      See details
       
      Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton-Irvine/Orange County Airport

      Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton-Irvine/Orange County Airport

      2192 Dupont Drive, Irvine, CA
         
        4.7 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Very clean and comfortable. Convenient location. Breakfast buffet was good with lots of options.

        Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport $107
        Reviewed on May 13, 2019
        See details
         
        Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport

        Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport

        18800 Macarthur Blvd, Irvine, CA
           
          3.9 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0

          We required a hotel close to the airport. The free airport shuttle was a great addition

          Extended Stay America Orange County - John Wayne Airport $104
          Reviewed on May 19, 2019
          See details
           
          Extended Stay America Orange County - John Wayne Airport

          Extended Stay America Orange County - John Wayne Airport

          4881 Birch St, Newport Beach, CA
             
            3.3 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Great room very clean and spacious would definitly stay there again

            Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport $89
            Reviewed on May 15, 2019
            See details
             
            Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport

            Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport

            18700 Macarthur Blvd, Irvine, CA
               
              3.3 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              The pool and cabana area was very nice. The pool bar was not open, and the pool was really cold. There were not a lot of people at the hotel for the first two nights - I think because of this they didn’t have the heater on for the pool, or a staff member at the bar. The rooms are very average - not ...

              Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach $109
              Reviewed on Apr 27, 2019
              See details
               
              Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach

              Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach

              325 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Clean room and great courtyard for breakfast. Convenient to airport

                Hotel Irvine $111
                Reviewed on May 18, 2019
                See details
                 
                Hotel Irvine

                Hotel Irvine

                17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Propery was great. Clean and service was good. Loved the market with fresh food with many choices for grab and go. Bar was too busy and under staffed but nontheless the bartenders workef really hard.