Lyon Air Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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.
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mshbnyehud
Dallas, TX1,108 contributions
Jul 2022
If you have 30 - 60 minutes before/after a John Wayne Airport flight, sneak over the Lyon for a very informative and wonderful visit. Make a special effort to engage with the wonderful volunteers, many/most of whom served in the Air Force or are pilots themselves. They bring incredible information and stories to make your visit all the more special.

An added plus at this time is an exhibit of several vintage military and other vehicles. For price paid ($10 for seniors), this is a wonderful experience!
Written 11 July 2022
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waynefromcali
Yucaipa, CA3,196 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
The Lyon Air Museum located at The John Wayne International Airport in California features an excellent collection of stunning World War ll aircraft, vintage autos,motorcycles and memorabilia.The museum was the personal collection of Mr.William Lyon.
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Written 17 October 2021
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Bev2227
West Memphis, AR124 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Aircraft, motorcycles and cars from a bygone era were in pristine condition. Mr. Lyons collected the memorabilia and opened the museum in 2009. After his death, the foundation owned by the family runs the museum. It’s is a small place but the collection of artifacts was amazing.

Excellent location to watch the planes take off and land before it opened.
Written 20 June 2021
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Thomas G
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico13 contributions
Apr 2021
Walked over from tHe hotel on an overnight for my airline. Found the museum to be outstanding. Had a personal tour guide and then spent another hour waking around. Recommend it if you are in Orange County.
Written 23 April 2021
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dwcouch@sbcglobal.net
13 contributions
Feb 2020
This place is a gem! The planes and WW ll exhibit with the very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers is excellent! I was so surprised and enjoyed our few hours there.
Written 6 March 2020
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ZiaHansen
Park City, UT522 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Reluctantly I visited the museum, but was quickly turned into a photo snapping enthusiast. This is a treasure trove of aircraft and car/motorbike wartime history. A stunning collection of top notch maintained cars had us both intrigued.

The cinema showed interesting educating wartime video clips. Friendly staff.
Written 2 March 2020
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R A
2 contributions
Feb 2020
Nice little museum , grand kids(7 yrs old) allowed to sit in US military jeeps and motorbikes, very nice old cars were roped off to protect from kids, helpful staff
Written 25 February 2020
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NealTWB
41 contributions
Feb 2020
The museum has many interesting exhibits, though I have seen better aerospace and auto displays. It is not worth $13 for admission. They may have a Groupon offer. Disturbing was the glorification of Nazi memorabilia (car, motorcycle, etc.). I could understand the desire to show items captured from the enemy, but the restoration and "bragging" about possession of such memorabilia left us feeling very uncomfortable.
Written 17 February 2020
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Danjiro
Lake Forest, CA231 contributions
Jan 2020
The Lyon Air Museum is a beautiful setting in a bright hanger across the runway from the SNA terminal. It features a beautiful collection of both peace time and war time machines of the 1930s, including some beautifully restored cars, motorcycles, jeeps and aircraft, all of which look like they are maintained in running condition. There are volunteers who are very knowledgeable about the stories behind the planes, that include 2 DC3s, one in paratrooper configuration and the other in commercial passenger configuration. There is also a B25 Mitchell and a B17 Superfortress that was used by Eisenhower and McArthur after the war. There is a great collection of war era motorcycles from the US, Germany, Russia, Japan and England, including some that belonged to Steve McQueen. The walls are full of displays, models and artifacts that tell the stories of WWII and General Lyon’s experiences. Best of all, the admission is a high value at $12.
Written 26 January 2020
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LSolis2013
Tustin, CA54 contributions
Aug 2019
This small air museum is such a surprise. Good variety of air craft, jeeps and vintage autos. Fun place to take a family. Plus, little ones will enjoy watching aircraft at John Wayne Airport taking flight & landing.
Written 8 January 2020
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