Cars & Cockpits—Lyon Air Museum welcomes an array of some of the most beautiful “Model A” Fords on Sunday September 4th at 10am.

Have you driven a Ford… in the last century?


SANTA ANA, Calif., August 30, 2011—Lyon Air Museum, a premier Southern California showcase for vintage military aircraft and automobiles, will host Classic Ford Model A cars as part of a “Cars & Cockpits” event scheduled for Sun., Sep. 4, 2011, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the facility, located on the west side of the runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. (NOTE: Weather permitting.)

The cars will be driven by members of the Orange County Model A Ford Club (OCMAFC), based in Santa Ana, Calif. Viewing the automobiles in the Museum parking lot is free of charge. Regular Museum admission prices (see below) will be in effect.

“This special event presents Museum visitors with an exceptional opportunity to view some of the rarest existing Ford Model A cars in pristine condition,” said Mark Foster, president of Lyon Air Museum.

The Ford Model A of 1927–1931 was the second huge success for the Ford Motor Company, after the car’s predecessor, the Model T. This new Model A (a 1903-04 model had also used the name) was available in four standard colors, but not black. Production of the Model A ended in March, 1932.

“By then, there were nearly five million of the vehicles traveling the roads of America,” said Don Ratzlaff, OCMAFC’s VP and activities director. “There are, of course, far fewer still in existence, and our members own some of the finest.”

The 30,000-sq.ft. Lyon Air Museum opened in Dec. 2009. The facility represents the fulfillment of a dream of Maj. Gen. William Lyon, USAF (Ret), who held the position of Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979. Currently, Gen. Lyon is 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, Gen. Lyon sought to create a world-class facility that would be available to the local community and would offer educational exhibits designed to inspire young people. The Museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational 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. Web:

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.

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