SAN DIEGO COUNTY – A coalition of veterans, volunteers and concerned citizens are asking the public’s help — as they seek a reversal of the United States Marine Corps’ recent decision to close the longtime USMC Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum — the world’s leading museum dedicated to Marine aviation — on April 1st, 2021.
The decision to close the historic public museum came from Miramar’s commanding officer.
The museum is operated by Marine aviation historians and veterans committed to preserve the Marine Corps’ proud aviation history. Located at MCAS Miramar, it recently reopened after Covid-19 forced closure. In non-Covid years, 35,000 visitors view the collection of 35+ historic aircraft on display. Retired Brigadier General Michael Aguilar said that, despite an offer to absolve the Corps of responsibility for the operating expenses of the museum, discussions to keep the museum open were unsuccessful.
The historical foundation’s museum operators now encourage citizens to call local members of US Congress to intervene in an urgent effort to save the landmark local museum. Links and contact information are available on their website: FlyingLeathernecks.org … along with links to the Pentagon headquarters of the Marine Corps.
The museum is open to the public Fridays through Sundays through March 28th. Parking and admission are free.