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As I mentioned in my last post about the lovely Duesenbergs that were on temporary display, the excellent Lyon Air Museum has much to offer the aviation and military history buff.

Douglas C47

Located in Santa Ana in a large hanger, the museum is home to several World War II planes and vehicles, ranging from sidecar motorcycles on the smaller end to the majestic B-17 Flying Fortress on the larger end of the spectrum.  Take advantage of the ability to walk up to and around to see the scale and scope of the craft.  Some are opened to allow viewers to peek in at the inner structures and mechanics.

Boeing B17 Flying Fortress

 Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress”, which once carried General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Douglas DC3

Douglas DC3

Douglas DC-3 “Flagship Orange County”, which began its life as a troop plane in WWII before it became a passenger plane


Douglas A26 Invader
Douglas A26 Invader
 Douglas A-26 “Invader” – Howard Hughes supposedly flew this plane, which is currently painted in Korean War colors.  I love planes with faces.
North American AT6

 North American AT-6/SNJ-6

Other Vehicles

In addition to planes, the museum hosts several motor vehicles, including motorcycles, trucks, jeeps and cars.

German Kettenkrad


Probably the most infamous car in the collection is one with a dark European past.  One of Adolph Hitler’s many cars, a Mercedes Benz G4 touring wagon used by him in Ober Salzberg, Berlin and Poland is on display.  You can see the front seat folded up and can imagine him standing there as he sped by adoring crowds on parade.

Hitler Mercedes Benz Car
Hitler Mercedes Benz Car

There are also cases with artifacts within.

Pearl Harbor paper


Pearl Harbor telegram


Hitler dead headline on newspaper

As with the Duesenbergs, there are lovely details to observe. The exhibit features well-kept planes and vehicles with informative displays.

Plane detail


Plane detail


Plane detail


Plane detail


Plane detail and reflection


Plane detail

The museum makes for a fascinating afternoon (though go on a cool day as there is little ventilation in the hanger) and one any military history aficionado would enjoy.

Lyon Air Museum
19300 Ike Jones Road
Santa Ana, CA


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