D-Day +68; WWII Tour of Museums & Sites in England, France

Lyon Air Museum is sponsoring a “Tour of a Lifetime” experience that will appeal to everyone interested in World War II history. In the Spring of 2012 we will travel to England and France on a journey of discovery and remembrance. In twelve unforgettable days we will visit historic sites in both countries that played a key role in winning the war in Europe. We will visit the fabulous American Air Museum at Duxford, England (the creation of which was due in large part to Major General William Lyon’s efforts), in the heart of southeastern England, where the sounds of thousands of heavy bombers reverberated time and time again as “The Greatest Generation in Aviation” flew relentless and costly missions aimed at destroying Germany’s ability to wage war. On the 68th anniversary of D-Day we will visit the very room where “Ike” Eisenhower and his staff completed the planning for the liberation of western Europe, then begin a two-day tour of the places in Normandy where it happened! We will see the now-tranquil sands of Omaha Beach, which were once stained with American blood. We will gaze in wonder at the bomb craters and the sheer cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, which American Rangers climbed to neutralize big guns that could have wreaked havoc on the landing ships. We will visit the museum at Utah Beach and walk the streets of St. Mère Église, where American paratroops landed in the midst of devastating enemy fire. On a much lighter note, we will enjoy the sights and sounds of two of the world’s greatest cities: regal London and glorious Paris, “The City of Light.”

Elegant hotels, excellent meals, dedicated and knowledgeable tour guides, and a well-paced schedule make this tour a perfect way for the first-time visitor to experience these historic places, while the experienced traveler will appreciate the opportunity to re-visit familiar sites in an unhurried manner.

A star attraction at the American Air Museum at Duxford is their B-17G, "Mary Alice.'

A star attraction at the American Air Museum at Duxford is their B-17G, “Mary Alice.’

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Cars & Cockpits – Datsun Event, August 7th

datsunSouthern California Datsun Roadster Owners Club (SoCalROC) members bringing their rare cars.

SANTA ANA, Calif., August 1, 2011—Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage military aircraft and automobiles, will host members of the Southern California Datsun Roadster Owners Club (SoCalROC) at its “Cars & Cockpits” event scheduled for Sun., August 7, 2011, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the facility, located on the west side of the runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.  (NOTE: Weather permitting). Continue reading

Duesenberg exhibit extended through Sunday. August 7, 2011

Lyon Air Museum Exhibit of Rarest Duesenberg Luxury Cars Extended Through Sunday. August 7, 2011

‘Held Over By Popular Demand’ – From the Collection Of General William Lyon

SANTA ANA, Calif., July 25, 2011—Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage military aircraft and automobiles, has announced an extension through Sunday, August 7, of its current exhibit of ten quintessential Duesenberg automobiles from the collection of General William Lyon.

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Duesenberg Exhibit

JULY 9th, held over through AUGUST 7th, 2011


SANTA ANA, Calif., June 13, 2011—Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage military aircraft and automobiles, will host an exhibit of ten quintessential Duesenberg automobiles from the collection of General William Lyon.  The exhibit of some of the largest, most stylish and beautiful cars ever created will be held July 9-24, 2011, at the facility, located on the west side of the runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

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“The Duesenberg represents an innovative melding of American elegance, engineering and extravagance,” said Mark Foster, president of Lyon Air Museum. “General Lyon has preserved a great American legacy and with this exhibit he wants to share with visitors to his Museum the unique experience of seeing some of these grand automobiles up close.” Continue reading