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


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


In September, 2017, retired USAF Lt. Col. Gary Craig toured Lyon Air Museum. Like so many of our visitors, Gary had some amazing stories to tell about flying C-130 forward air control (FAC) missions and KB-50J in-flight refueling missions in Vietnam.  Here is an excerpt from an interview conducted by David Wensley, a Lyon Air Museum docent. The story is about an inflight refueling mission that went wrong, terribly wrong


Our 5 Favorite NYE Party Themes

Seeing as how New Year’s Eve is the official end of the holiday season, NYE is a night that everyone expects to be magical. We know from experience how those high expectations can put a lot of pressure on party planners, which is why we’ve put together a list of our top 5 favorite themes for a New Year’s Eve party. 
Certainly we don’t have to tell you that a theme can make or break your event! The parties and private events that we’ve seen come through our event venue in Orange County recently have opted to get creative with their themes.