Major General William Lyon, founder of Lyon Air Museum, is a successful businessman, decorated military leader, philanthropist, and a true aviator at heart. Today we cherish and celebrate his beautiful 90 years of life!
William Lyon was born on March 9, 1923, the second son to Susie Mary and Al Lyon. Lyon’s introduction to the military got off to a rough start. In 1929, at the age of 6, he attended military school with his older brother, Leon. Leon attended military school for eight years, and William left after the first grade. “My brother received tons of awards and I had a perfect record of not receiving any,” jokes General Lyon. In high school Lyon was introduced to flying when his friend invited him to take a flying lesson with him. “That got him hooked,” his friend would later express.
Santa Ana, Calif., Aug.6, 2012 – Lyon Air Museum, a showcase for vintage aircraft and vehicles, for the past month, has hosted an exhibit of seven rare Packards from the General Lyon collection. Due by popular demand Lyon Air Museum has extended the Packard exhibit to Aug.27. Do not miss this extra opportunity to see the exclusive Packard exhibit. Lyon Air Museum is located on the west side of the runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang Announce Unique Display in Santa Ana at John Wayne Orange County Airport from May 11 - May 13
SANTA ANA, Calif., March 22, 2012 – The Doolittle Raid comes to life on Saturday, April 21 at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport when Lyon Air Museum’s B-25 bomber “Guardian of Freedom” roars into the air at noon as part of a program about the famous World War II bombing mission.