Our Journey to Irvine
We're moving to Great Park in Irvine, CA around the fall of 2025.
We invite you to join us, as we rebuild our history and prepare for the future at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.
Your generous support will make it possible for us to deconstruct and move the treasured collection, renovate the El Toro hangars, and create exciting, immersive experiences, exhibits and programs.
1989 / Museum Begins
The Flying Leatherneck Museum was
established in 1989 on MCAS El Toro in Orange
1999 / El Toro to MCAS Miramar
Base Realignment closed MCAS El Toro in 1999. A group of retired Marines from San Diego, led by Major Generals Bob Butcher and Frank Lang, spearheaded the move of the aircraft and artifacts to MCAS Miramar to open and house the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.
March 2021 / The Journey to Save the Museum Begins
In March of 2021 it was announced that MCAS
Miramar would no longer host the museum on its grounds.
Supporters and community in earnest begin "Save our Museum" Campaign.
December 2021 / Museum Saved…..for Now
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, a critically important icon of American heritage, has been given a temporary reprieve from permanent closure to give its foundation time to raise funds necessary to relocate the collection and operate the museum.
May 2022 / Memorandum of Understanding Signed
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the Flying Leatherneck
Aviation Museum at Great Park in the City of Irvine has been signed by City of Irvine, USMC and Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation/Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.
With this legal hurdle cleared, focus is now on raising the funds required to move the collection, prepare the site and exhibits and staff the museum.
Packing of non-aircraft artifacts and equipment.
Site preparation begins.
Aircraft disassembly begins.
Electrical, water, and sewer installation begins.
Transportation of aircraft, artifacts, and machinery begins
January 2024 - November 2025
Restoration and maintenance of the collection.
City of Irvine delivers certified pad.
Construction of interior and exterior building and exhibits.
Late 2025 - Early 2026