Tips for Planning an Event at a Museum

Some people are surprised to learn that Lyon Air Museum also doubles as a banquet hall in Orange County. 
 
After a recent wedding reception that we hosted in our event space, a guest commented “I had no idea this place was also an event venue! I had been here once before with my kids just to see the planes, but the way the museum lights up at night is absolutely breathtaking.”
 

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A CHILD'S VIEW OF WWII

What was it like to be a child during WW II? For children in Europe the war began in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland then Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany. In China, it began even earlier  when Japan invaded their country in 1937. The U.S. didn’t enter WWII until Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, over 77 years ago. 

Veteran, Visitor, Volunteer

     April 12, 1951. At first, Dan Oldewage thought it was a dream. After a few more tugs at his blanket he slowly opened his eyes to see the dim shine of a flashlight. “Breakfast at 0430, briefing at 0500!” His drowsiness continued to linger as the warmth of his bunk gave way to the early-morning dampness of the enlisted barracks at United States Air Force (USAF) base Kadena in Okinawa. The hot breakfast in the mess hall helped a little, but at the same time the heavy, greasy fare made him want to get back into his bunk and go back to sleep.

The Mysterious Disappearance of “Eager El”

 
     April 17, 1945. With Hitler’s mighty Third Reich on the brink of collapse, Allied air forces attack relentlessly at the heart of Germany. The Germans, desperate to halt the advancing Red Army on the eastern front, muster together what resources they can to protect the few remaining operational Luftwaffe units they had left. As massive American bomber formations filled the sky in the area around Dresden, their P-51D Mustang fighter escorts dropped down to locate and attack targets of opportunity.

Tips for Retirement Party Planning

Most people would agree that retirement is one of the most monumental milestones that life has to offer. 
 
One retiree in Irvine smiled as he said “The day I retired was literally the best day of my life. Birthdays happen once a year, but you only retire once, and it feels even better than I thought it would”.
 
To help celebrate such a momentous occasion, we’ve put together a list of our tips for retirement parties based on the many retirement parties we've hosted at our event venue in Orange County.
 

Affordable Speakers for your Corporate Event

As one of the premier banquet halls in Orange County, Lyon Air Museum happily hosts dozens of corporate events, seminars, and conferences each year. It’s generally known that one of the most challenging parts of holding a corporate event, is making sure that you keep your audience engaged. 
In an effort to help event planners and conference organizers, Lyon Air Museum has put together a list of captivating guest speakers that are sure to hold the attention of your attendees. 
 
Curly Neal

FLYING THE HUMP DURING WORLD WAR II

US military efforts in China, Burma and India (CBI) are some of the lesser known episodes of World War II, despite the heroics and the colorful combat units and personalities involved.  To support CBI efforts tons of military supplies were transported from India “Over the Hump” to China by brave aircrews flying C-47 and other aircraft.  Lyon Air Museum has two C-47 transports (one configured as a DC-3) on display.  Two new exhibits on the Air War in the Pacific, which include a description of Hump operations, recently opened.  This article includes real-life experiences from three living

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