About Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation

About Flying Leathernecks


Provide Volunteers and Funds to Support the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

The Foundation provides volunteers to restore historic aircraft and staff the Museum six days per week. It also provides funds and materials to support the restoration and maintenance of the vintage aircraft, fund Museum operations and educational programs, and preserve artifacts.

Collect and Process Oral Histories

The Foundation records oral histories of USMC veterans and maintains a large resource library.

School Lesson Plans and Field Trips

In 2015, the Foundation established a three-year educational collaboration with the Character Development Center at the University of San Diego (USD) to develop meaningful, standards-based teacher resources for grades K-12 in history, leadership, patriotism, citizenship and aviation science. Lessons reflect unique resources available at the Museum.

  • A teacher workshop (below) and school lesson plans are being developed under the guidance of Edward DeRoche, Ph.D., director of the Character Development Center at USD and a nationally recognized expert and author in teaching, administrative leadership and character education.

Teacher Workshop

The Foundation and its USD partners will host a workshop for San Diego County teachers in 2015. This workshop fills a gap in teacher training.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 12% of America’s high school seniors are “proficient” in U.S. History.
  • Surveys of educators indicate teacher resources are badly needed.

Essay Contest for 8-12 grades

A San Diego County-wide patriotically-themed essay contest will be launched for grades 8-12 in 2015.

Marine Wife of the Year Award

A Marine Wife is recognized at the annual gala with a plaque and stipend for outstanding service and dedication to her community, her family and the Marine Corps.

Distinguished Service Award

Each year at the Gala, an American citizen is recognized for his or her service to the nation. The 2015 recipient is Gary Sinise, perhaps best known as “Lt. Dan” in Forrest Gump.


The original Foundation was established in 1989 at MCAS El Toro. When Base Realignment closed El Toro in 1999, a group of retired Marines from San Diego, led by Major Generals Bob Butcher and Frank Lang, formed the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation and moved the aircraft and artifacts to MCAS Miramar.

Our Mission

To provide financial resources and volunteer support for the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum to:

  • Assist with the preservation, documentation and display of artifacts and memorabilia
  • Teach the values and history of Marine Corps aviation to all generations
  • Inspire visitors with the courage and character of Marine Corps aviation personnel
  • Document their commitment to safeguarding America’s freedoms
  • Engage the community in the mission of the museum

You Can Help

Become a Volunteer

Become a Member

Donate (help keep our free Museum open, and support our restoration efforts)