This week I had the chance to spend some time in Southern California, talking aviation and meeting with people who are as passionate about flying as you and I. One of the highlights was a visit to the beautiful Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
Among the aircraft on display is a B-17 Flying Fortress named “Fuddy Duddy” that once carried General Dwight Eisenhower, then served as a fire bomber, and later made several movie appearances, including in “Tora Tora Tora.”
There’s also a DC-3 and a North American B-25 bomber among other beautifully restored military planes. There’s even a collection of military cars and motorcycles, including a motorcycle with tank-style tracks that was sometimes used to tow aircraft.
Museums like this one are great showcases for the history–and even the future–of aviation. You can learn more about the museum on its website (www.lyonairmuseum.org), and if you’re in the area, I encourage you to go and take a look. It’s well worth a visit.