The Lyon Air Museum is located in a hangar on the west side of the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. It was founded by Major General William Lyon, a retired member of the U.S. Air Force and successful businessman.
All of the aircraft on display are in airworthy condition and include the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Cessna O-1E Bird Dog, Douglas DC-3 Flagship Orange County, Douglas C-47 Skytrain, North American B-25 Mitchell, Douglas A-26 Invader, and North American SNJ-6 Texan. Check the museum’s calendar for upcoming flight demonstrations, Open Cockpit Days or the History on The Flightline events to get an up close look at the airplanes. One of the museum’s aircraft usually participates in the annual Huntington Beach Airshow.
The museum’s B-17 Flying Fortress, nicknamed “Fuddy Duddy”, was used as a VIP transport in the Pacific during World War II. It once transported General Dwight D. Eisenhower who later became the 34th President of the United States. The plane was also featured in Tora! Tora! Tora!, a 1970 movie about the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Every year, the museum is also visited by the Collings Foundation’s WWII era aircraft as a part of the Wings of Freedom Tour.
In addition to their aircraft collection, the museum also features rare automobiles, military vehicles motorcycles, and related memorabilia, mostly related to World War II. The museum’s 1939 Mercedes-Benz G4 Offener Touring Wagon was actually owned and used by Adolf Hitler until its seizure by the French army at Bertschesgaden.