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. 

How to Easily Plan Your Halloween Event

It’s October and that means that the leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are back, and all of Orange County is scrambling to finalize their Halloween costumes. Most importantly you have the opportunity to do something fun before the holiday rush sets in; like plan a Halloween party! It doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, if you keep it simple, you'll be able to pull together the spookiest event of the year in no time. 
Follow these five steps to ensure your Halloween party is the most festive event of the fall:

2017 Hottest Holiday Party Trends

Fall is finally here and that means warm clothes, pumpkin spice lattes and for event planners in Orange County, it means that it’s time to start planning the company holiday party!
Holiday parties are an occasion that a lot of employees look forward to all year long. It’s an opportunity for coworkers to enjoy each other’s company and interact on a more personal level than their everyday work environment may allow.


Docent Spotlight: Dirk Dedoes

On August 21, 2007, the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour hurriedly completed their pre-landing checklists. Although these tasks had been performed hundreds of times before on previous shuttle missions, this time was different. Mission STS-118 would be the first time a Space Shuttle would navigate from reentry to landing using the Global Positioning System (GPS) in place of traditional terrestrially-based TACAN navigation.


Docent Spotlight: Walt Bohl (In Loving Memory)

            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. 

Docent Walt Bohl



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.


Air War in the Pacific

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.