Lyon Air Museum To Recognize The 70th Anniversary Of The WWII History-Making Doolittle Raid During Event On April 21

B-25 MitchellSANTA ANA, Calif., March 22, 2012 – The Doolittle Raid comes to life on Saturday, April 21 at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport when Lyon Air Museum’s B-25 bomber “Guardian of Freedom” roars into the air at noon as part of a program about the famous World War II bombing mission.  The event begins at 10:30 AM with a presentation and book signing by author Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, the granddaughter of the famous Doolittle Raid leader, Jimmy Doolittle.

70 years ago, on April 18, 1942, eighty men and sixteen North American B-25 bombers launched off the USS Hornet aircraft carrier, on an ambitious one-way mission to bomb Tokyo and other targets in Japan.  The perilous assignment, flown by members of the US Army Air Force and supported by the US Navy, was lead by then Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle.  In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, Lyon Air Museum has scheduled a flight of its own B-25 Mitchell bomber – “Guardian of Freedom,” weather and mechanical considerations permitting.

In addition to the B-25 flight, Lyon Air Museum welcomes guest speaker, Jonna Doolittle Hoppes.  As the granddaughter of General Jimmy Doolittle, she will share with museum visitors her grandfather’s heroic story and will sign copies of her book, “Calculated Risk,” a biography/memoir.  As a writer, her lecture series keeps her busy touring the United States and Europe, especially with the recent release of another book titled “Just Doing My Job,” a collection of 19 stories from World War II, which will be available as well.  Jonna works for the Department of Defense at Los Angeles Air Force Base and has appeared on numerous television programs, including the History Channel.

Lyon Air Museum represents the fulfillment of a dream of founder General William Lyon. He held the position of Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979 and is currently Chairman of the Board and CEO of William Lyon Homes, Inc., Newport Beach, Calif.  His passion for aviation history and youth education is the driving force behind Lyon Air Museum.  In establishing the museum, General Lyon sought to create a world-class facility that would be available to the local community and would offer educational displays to inspire young people.  The museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational historic aircraft and vehicles.

Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA  92707.

P: 714/210-4585. F: 714/210-4588.

Email: info@lyonairmuseum.org.  Web: www.lyonairmuseum.org.

Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission rates: General admission–$12; Seniors and Veterans–$9; Ages 5-17–$6; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more–$1 off each visitor.  Pre-arranged school groups—Free. Please call for event pre-sale tickets.

Media Contact:

Corrin Quezada

Lyon Air Museum

714/210-4585

GEORGE EMERSON – TAIL GUNNER, POW & LYON AIR MUSEUM DOCENT

George Emerson

George Emerson, born near Boise, Idaho, on April 1, 1925, is currently a docent at Lyon Air Museum.  This World War II veteran experienced near-death encounters as a tail gunner and prisoner of war (POW) in Germany late in the war.

In 1944, Emerson volunteered to join the U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC), the forerunner of the U.S. Air Force. He trained in Amarillo, Texas, and received his gunnery training in Kingman, Ariz.  He then reported to Avon Park, Florida., to join the rest of his crew in the 303rd Bomb Group, an Eighth Air Force B-17 Bomber Group.  Following phase training in the southeast U.S., and having achieved the rank of sergeant, he shipped out for Europe as a B-17 tail gunner.

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“Lady Alice” P-51 Mustang – September 22-24

 

Sept. 22-24 at John Wayne Airport in OC

 

 

MustangSANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 15, 2011— Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage military aircraft and automobiles, will play host to the “Lady Alice” P-51 Mustang long range fighter aircraft from Thursday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Museum’s facility located at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif.

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FREE museum admission on 9-11 to 1st Responders

SunLYON AIR MUSEUM OFFERS FREE ADMISSION TO ‘FIRST RESPONDERS’ TO HONOR MEMORY OF ‘9/11’ FALLEN – SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, 2011

FIRST RESPONDERS INCLUDE FIRE, POLICE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2011—Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage military aircraft and automobiles, will open its doors to welcome free of charge any and all “First Responders” (including fire, police, emergency medical personnel, 911 operators and emergency dispatchers), on Sun., Sept. 11, 2011, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of terrorist attacks on the United States in which nearly 3,000 victims died. Continue reading