Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
San Diego, California
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum contains exhibits and artifacts relating to the history of United States Marine Corps Aviation. The museum features 48 aircraft with 31 aircraft in outdoor exhibits, multiple military vehicles and equipment. Indoor exhibits feature photographs, artifacts and artwork from the early days of aviation to the present. Indoors there are 8 galleries displaying artwork, photographs, uniforms and artifacts. The museum frequently undertakes large restoration efforts such as the SBD-1 Dauntless in their collection. The Dauntless was recovered from the bottom of Lake Michigan and has been with the museum since 2012.
The Flying Leatherneck museum has various educational programs in addition to their main exhibits. The museum frequently hosts field trip tours, virtual visits, and even has a podcast. They also host art and essay contests, open cockpit days, and “picnic with a pilot” days.
The museum has a 27,000 square foot restoration hangar. There are future plans to build a 90,000 square foot museum building for indoor displays. Be sure to check out the museum website.