Lyon Air Museum is fortunate in the diverse and varied backgrounds of the Docents who freely give their time and effort educating valued guests about the Golden Age of American Aviation and Manufacturing, of the “Greatest Generation” who fought for freedom in the world, and the many magnificent airplanes which secured Allied victory in the war.
The late 1940s and 1950s were trying times for America. The emerging Cold War escalated the risk of a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union involving use of atomic weapons, including hydrogen bombs. In 1957, the USSR launched Sputnik, the world’s first sat-ellite, tested the world’s first ICBM, and began conducting flights with new advanced bomber aircraft. When these surprising events occurred, there was increasing alarm that the USSR had surpassed the US in both nuclear arms and bomber capability.
The date September 2nd, 1945, marks a momentous occasion for veterans and family members of America’s Greatest Generation. On this date, known as VJ Day, the Allied powers celebrated victory over the Japanese Empire and the formal end of World War II. The United States emerged from this epic struggle as the unchallenged leader of the free world and the champion of democratic institutions across the globe.
Lyon Air Museum’s annual Bikes and Bombers Show was held on Saturday, August 26th. And what a show it was! Over hundreds of bikers participated in the event held against the backdrop of the museum’s famous warbirds, including our mighty B-17 Flying Fortress.
First Place: Don Nichols' 1911 Racycle (left photo)
Santa Ana, Calif., September 21, 201 – Lyon Air Museum, a world class showcase of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles, is scheduled to perform at the Breitling 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 September 29 – October 1, with a practice day on the 29th. The show is the only beachfront air show scheduled on the West Coast.
As one of the most diverse banquet halls in Orange County, you can imagine that we have held some pretty unique events here at Lyon Air Museum. While we’re happy to host standard corporate events in our event space, it’s always exciting when we have event organizers that take their event to the next level.
In our time as a banquet hall in Orange County, we’ve learned that one of the biggest challenges that event planning professionals face is hiring and retaining competent event staff members. This is crucial as successful events are dependent on how your staff interacts with clients and audience members.
Santa Ana, CA - Lyon Air Museum will host the 6th Annual “Bikes & Bombers” on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at John Wayne Airport. The event includes free spectator viewing of motorcycles, a People’s Choice Motorcycle Show, complimentary coffee and donuts, a World War II veterans and military re-enactors meet and greet, and a scheduled flight by a vintage World War II T-6 Texan aircraft.
David C. Wensley joined Lyon Air Museum as a docent in December, 2016. His experiences as an Air Force F-86 fighter pilot and as an engineer and aerospace executive have added a new and valuable asset to our team of volunteers.
He was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He obtained a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami, participated in the University’s ROTC program and, in 1955, graduated with a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force. Soon after, he married his high school sweetheart, Livia Ponce.