In Memory of Robert A. “Bob” Hoover

On October 25th, 2016 Bob Hoover slipped the mortal bounds of earth and embarked on his last, and greatest flight. He was 94 years old.
     To simply call him one of the greatest airplane pilots who ever lived would be a colossal understatement. He was a bonafide legend - combat fighter pilot of World War II and Korea, renowned test pilot and famed aerobatic performer. Most important of all he was a true gentleman, and gentle soul.

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FREE Museum Admission and Raffle for Veterans

T-6 Texan Flight Veterans Day Raffle www.lyonairmuseum.org

All veterans who visit the museum on November 11, 2016 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to receive a flight in a  T-6 Texan! One winner will be chosen at 4:00 PM PST. Please note that height and weight restrictions do apply, and the flight is not transferable. The winner will be notified by the Museum, and will need to secure a reservation in order to redeem their free flight.

In appreciation of those who have served our country, Lyon Air Museum will offer FREE admission to United States Military Veterans on Friday, November 11, 2016.

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LYON AIR MUSEUM to Participate in Huntington Beach Airshow October 22-23, 2016

Santa Ana, Calif., October 7, 2016 – Lyon Air Museum, a world class showcase of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles, is scheduled to perform at the Huntington Beach Air Show, with a rare, World War Two C-47 Skytrain aircraft. The air show takes place along the shore of Huntington Beach, California on October 22-23, with a practice day on the 21st. The show is the only beachfront air show scheduled on the West Coast and is the first air show to take place in Huntington Beach since the 1990s.

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War Brides

Between 1942 and 1952 American Servicemen brought home 100,000 brides from their overseas deployments. Women from 50 different countries – England, France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Germany, Japan waited up to nine months for transportation to the United States to begin their life as war brides. They didn’t bring much with them and they were not always welcomed. Single American women resented them and civilians criticized the trend. Uncle Sam tried to discourage the action by imposing many restrictions.

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LYON AIR MUSEUM HOSTS “The Elegance of Mercedes-Benz” JULY 1 – AUGUST 1, 2016

 
Santa Ana, Calif., June 6, 2016 – Lyon Air Museum, a world class showcase of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles, to host “The Elegance of Mercedes-Benz” exhibit.  Eight exemplary Mercedes-Benz automobiles will be presented alongside vintage aircraft, July 1 – August 1, 2016 at the Museum, located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.  
 

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A Man and his (Bird)dog

Among the hulking bombers and attack aircraft on display at Lyon Air Museum sits a small, rather innocuous airplane. There is no bomb bay or mounted guns, and the two rockets hanging under each wing produce not explosions upon impact with a target, but billowing clouds of white smoke. In place of roaring radial power plants is a horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine producing a little over 200 horsepower.

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