Lyon Air Museum, a world class showcase of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles, to host special exhibit, “Celebrazione Ferrari.” Over ten iconic examples of the legendary Italian automobile manufacturer, recognized around the globe, will be presented alongside historic aircraft, July 1 – September 2, 2019 at the Museum, located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.
Ferrari is one of the most respected and iconic brand names in the world, synonymous with luxury, style, and high-performance engineering. The marque has become an integral part of our globalculture, and is intertwinded in world history—particularly so in aviation lore—as the famed Ferrari logo itself is an homage to World War I Italian flying ace, Francesco Baracca, whose Spad VII fighter plane was emblazoned with a prancing horse.
Among the cars showcased during the special exhibit will be early racing cars like the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winning 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder, once raced by famed drivers Phil Hill and Richie Ginther. Also included is the famous 1951 Ferrari 212 Barchetta used in the 195520th Century Fox movie, The Racers, staring Kirk Douglas.
“This special exhibit has a definite excitement factor because it presents Museum visitors with an exceptional opportunity to view some extremely rare Ferraris in pristine condition, all with the breathtaking backdrop of our historically significant aircraft,” said Mark Foster, president of Lyon Air Museum.
In addition to the models steeped in racing tradition, pop culture icons such as the mysterious “Buried Dino” featured recently on the popular television series Auto Biography are presented, along with a prerequisite 308 GTS like the one which co-starred alongside Tom Selleck in the 1980’s CBS hit television series Magnum P.I.
Lyon Air Museum represents the realization of a dream of founder General William Lyon. As a former combat pilot, and ultimately Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979, his passion for aviation history and youth education is the driving force behind Lyon Air Museum. In establishing the Museum, General Lyon has created a world-class facility, offering educational tours and displays to inspire young people. The Museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational historic aircraft and vehicles.
Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission rates: General admission--$12; Seniors and Veterans--$9; Ages 5-17--$6; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more--$1 off each visitor.