Flying Leathernecks Ramp Up for Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation

If any year was a big year for “Flying Leathernecks”, 2012 would be it! May 22nd marks the 100th Anniversary of Marine Corps Aviation, and the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation will be celebrating all year with a number of events that are sure to bring families and the community together.

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San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2012

If any year was a big year for “Flying Leathernecks”, 2012 would be it! May 22nd marks the 100th Anniversary of Marine Corps Aviation, and the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation will be celebrating all year with a number of events that are sure to bring families and the community together.

“This is a huge milestone for us, which makes it a great time for visitors to come to the museum,” said Bob Butcher, chairman of the board, FLHF. “We will be unveiling all sorts of surprises this year. In particular, our annual gala in June will be a throwback to the time when Bob Hope travelled with the USO. We want to celebrate our sense of patriotism in the San Diego community, while celebrating this milestone.”

Learn about the heroic men who proudly served our country, while celebrating 100 years of Marine Corps aviation history, with the only museum in the world dedicated to its preservation:

-- May kicks off Open Cockpit Days, where the aircraft are opened up for people to climb inside and see what it’s like to be an aviator, along with our annual Semper Fi Ride, when bikers can channel their inner historian and enjoy a day on the road;
-- June is jam-packed with amazing events – come see us at the San Diego County Fair, the Gillespie Air Show, Flag Day parade and our spectacular annual gala on June 9;
-- Be sure to see our float in the Coronado Fourth of July parade;
-- September is a month to remember – we’ll be hosting our annual Mike Philbin Memorial Golf Tournament at the prestigious Del Mar Country Club on Sept. 24;
-- October is not-so-spooky when you visit our display at the annual Miramar Air Show. The museum will be bringing out some of the collection you don’t see displayed outside every day;
-- Celebrate Veterans’ Day and the Marine Corps birthday in November by coming out to San Diego’s Veterans’ Day Parade.

With its own dedicated entrance in the 8600 block of Miramar Road, visitors can come directly to the event and enjoy the museum. Look for the U.S. and Marine Corps flags proudly flanking the entrance.

About The Foundation
The Foundation actively supports the operation of the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Command Museum (Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum) located on MCAS Miramar. We accomplish the mission by providing a volunteer base to support day-to-day operations and by providing financial support to augment austere DoD budgets.

About The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum (FLAM) has undergone a rigorous certification process and is one of only three certified Marine Corps Command Museums. The FLAM is the only museum in the world dedicated to the primary purpose of preserving the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation and boasts a collection of more than forty vintage aircraft, a library with extensive research materials, photos, video, valuable memorabilia and artifacts. FLAM is open Tuesday through Sunday (except federal holidays) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Model aircraft at Open Cockpit Days 2011. Local modelers attend Open Cockpit Days

Man with model aircraft at 2011 Open Cockpit Days.