Lyon Air Museum

While in California, I stopped by the Lyon Air Museum, which is located adjacent to the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. They have a collection of World War II airplanes and period vehicles that are definitely worth a look, such as this Mitchell B-25 in excellent condition.

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There there’s a B-17, which you see in the next photo.

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And a couple of DC-3’s including this one in American Airlines livery.

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I’m told that all these aircraft fly. Judging by the visible condition, I would agree. They’re in excellent shape and the runway is right there. Many of these are on my aviation bucket list. I hope to fly them some day.

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B-24 Diamond Lil

While visiting an airshow recently, I had the pleasure of checking out a flying B-24 Liberator, one of the heavy bombers of the Second World War. It was a well-restored and maintained aircraft.

Nose of B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

Nose of B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

It’s incredible to imagine squadrons of these bombers overhead, as well as all the aircrews that flew them. Here’s a look at the tail gunner’s station:

Tail gunner's station in B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

Tail gunner’s station in B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

And here’s a look at the instrument panel in the cockpit, which does include some modern instruments:

Instrument panel in the cockpit of B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

Instrument panel in the cockpit of B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

Powering this airplane are three massive radial engines, which are impressive in their own right.

Radial engine and propeller on B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

Radial engine and propeller on B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

For a generous fee, you can take a ride in this plane, which would have been an amazing experience. Sadly, I didn’t have the time. Nonetheless, it was interesting to check out a piece of living history.