San Diego has a proud history when it comes to both aviation and the military, and there are plenty of things to do in San Diego that let you celebrate either. However, there is one activity that combines both traditions, a visit to the Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum.
Located alongside Miramar road, adjacent to the Marine Corps Air Station, the Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum has 27 aircraft on display that you can see up close while taking in the fresh San Diego air. It is the only museum on the planet that is dedicated solely to the aviation of the United States Marine Corps and features the famous Lady Ace which was used to evacuate the U.S. ambassador from the roof of the Saigon embassy in 1975. If you’re looking for uniquely San Diego things to do that will give you a greater understanding of military history and a heightened sense of patriotism, this is for you. In addition to all of the aircraft on display, there are also eight separate galleries displaying Marines artifacts and memorabilia from World War I through today and an impressive collection of Marine patches from over the years.
Admission to the museum is free, but donations are accepted and appreciated. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00AM to 3:30PM and almost its entire staff is made up of veterans who gladly impart their knowledge of the aircraft and conflicts in which they were used. Special events include Open Cockpit Days, which allow visitors to sit in the cockpits of the planes and helicopters, and Picnic with Pilots which lets visitors share a lunch with former pilots and hear some of the fascinating stories. It’s impossible to leave the Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum without a greater appreciation for all of the men and women who have served in the Marines and every other branch of the Armed Forces. If you’re looking for exciting things to do in San Diego today that will provide plenty of great memories and pictures, make plans to visit this one of a kind museum.
Funbassadors can arrange a trip to the Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum where they can share some of their knowledge of the subject. Meanwhile Funseekers can purchase a FunGig that takes them to a museum unlike any other in the world and be accompanied by an in-the-know local who provides deeper insight into the aircraft.