Santa Ana, Calif. (PRWEB) December 15, 2009
Lyon Air Museum (LAM) officially opened the doors to its new 30,000-sq.ft. facility, based at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. At a ribbon cutting ceremony, founder Maj. Gen. William Lyon, USAF (Ret) introduced a gathering of museum guests to his fleet of superbly conditioned, operational and historically significant World War II-era aircraft and vehicles.
“The Lyon Air Museum is designed to capture the American spirit that thrived during World War II,” said Gen. Lyon. “Each plane and each vehicle tells a story that deserves to live forever. It is my hope that visitors – young and old alike – will embrace these stories, experience an indelible and memorable time, and leave here with a clearer understanding of an era of tremendous victory and pride.”
Said Mark Foster, LAM president: "The opportunities to capture and share the experiences of World War II’s aviation veterans are fading. I feel it is imperative that we do all we can to somehow ‘bottle’ the stories of these men and women so that someday, when the people who lived through those defining moments in time are no longer with us, future generations can benefit greatly as they learn of the remarkable collective character of the greatest generation."
Gen. Lyon, who held the position of Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979, served in Europe, the Pacific Region and North Africa during World War II and later flew combat missions in Korea. Currently, Gen. Lyon is chairman of the board and CEO of William Lyon Homes, Inc., Newport Beach, Calif.
Gen. Lyon’s passion for aviation history and youth education is the driving force behind the museum, for which groundbreaking took place in 2007. In establishing LAM, Gen. Lyon sought to create a world-class institution that will be available to the local community and visitors from around the world.
The LAM has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational aircraft and vehicles. Docent-led tours take visitors for a walk through history as they stroll among machines and artifacts that helped define the 20th century. Interactive educational exhibits intended to inspire viewers provide in-depth narratives about the history of each aircraft.
Also on display at the LAM is, among the museum’s collection of military and civilian automobiles and motorcycles, an original 1939 Mercedes-Benz Model G4 Offener Touring Wagon, used by Adolph Hitler in Germany and Poland until the vehicle was seized by the French Army at the war’s end.
The Lyon Air Museum (LAM) is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707. P: 714/210-4585. F: 714/210-4588. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.lyonairmuseum.org.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays. Admission rates: General admission--$8; Seniors and Veterans--$6; Ages 5-17--$4; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more--$1 off each visitor; Pre-arranged school groups—Free.
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