Hiring Event Staff

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.

Docent Spotlight: David Caldwell Wensley

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. 

Tips for Event Budgeting

In our time managing a banquet hall in Orange County, we've learned that event planning can be a very challenging responsibility. More often than not, the success (or lack thereof) of an event heavily depends on a well thought out budget. We've seen a lot of corporate events, high end birthday parties and wedding receptions come through our event venue, and we've seen a lot of fantastic events put on with conservative budgets. 

Here are our tips for organizing a budget for your Orange County event:

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June 6, 1944 was the beginning of the end of World War II. The objective of D-Day was to prevent Hitler from launching an eleventh-hour effort to destroy London. And there was fear that Germany had the atomic bomb. Hitler had to be stopped. 
Supreme Headquarters of Allied Expeditionary Forces [SHAEF], commanded by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, planned a huge operation that would begin with D-Day in June and continue through August. Code-name for the project was OVERLORD. 

Corporate Event Trends


Every year, over 200 million participants attend corporate events, meetings, galas and other such gatherings in America. This is according to a 2009 report by PwC titled, "Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy." The report further says that, out of the 1.8 million gatherings held in America each year, 1.3 million are corporate events, with event organizers spending an average of $1,230 per attendee. With corporate events becoming more popular, we’ve seen a substantial amount of creativity and innovation come through our corporate event venue in Orange County. 

5 Special Occasions That Call for a Corporate Event

Many companies underestimate the value of periodically holding a corporate event for their employees. A corporate event can provide a massive boost to morale by breaking up the monotony of day-to-day operations, and giving employees something to look forward to. This article will briefly explain five specific times when it's appropriate - or even necessary - to plan a corporate event. After reading this article you should have a solid idea of when and why it's a smart and business-savvy idea to get everyone in the company together under one roof.


Doolittle Raiders 59th Reunion

On May 11, 2001 a group of 12 restored Mitchell B-25’s took off from Fresno airport on a circuitous route to commemorate Doolittle’s raid on Japan of April 18, 1942. Among the planes was Lyon Air Museum’s Guardian of Freedom. Complete with fighter escort the group flew over Central Valley, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and over a replica of the USS Hornet anchored at Alameda in San Francisco Bay. [The original aircraft carrier Hornet was sunk in The Battle of Santa Cruz in the Solomon Islands October 26, 1942].