Flying Leatherneck Museum, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego

This museum is just outside the entrance to MCAS Miramar, the famous one-time home of the Navy's TopGun fighter pilot training programme. We received a warm welcome on what was a very rainy morning. It's a sort of annex to the main Marine Corps Museum in Triangle, Virginia, but a lot more photographer-friendly. All the aircraft are outdoors, but there are ambitious plans for a large shiny new building to house at least 21 of the planes.

By the way - they can't decide whether it's Leatherneck or Leathernecks, so take your choice. Leatherneck is a slang term for a member of the US Marine Corps. Our visit was on 30th April.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Beech T-34B Mentor 140688 688  
Bell 214ST SuperTransport 5722 Iraqi AF
Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra 157784 WR-706  
Bell UH-1N Twin Huey 159198  
Boeing Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight 154803 YW-9  
Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 148492 WE-1  
Douglas A-4F Skyhawk 154204 MF-111  
Douglas A-4M II Skyhawk 160264 2960 In its 1979 rollout 'Easter Egg' livery
Douglas F-6A Skyray 139177 VE-17  
Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk 158467 TM-01  
Grumman EA-6B Prowler 161882 04  
Grumman A-6E Intruder 154170 DT-5  
Grumman F9F-2 Panther 123652 WL-10  
Grumman F9F-8P Cougar 141722 TN-1  
Douglas F3D (F-10) Skynight 124630 WF-23  
Hawker Siddeley AV-8C Harrier 158387 WF-4 Ex XW647, NASA 719 N719NA
McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee 124988 LC-4  
McDonnell RF-4B Phantom II 151981 RF-06  
McDonnell F-4J(S) Phantom II 157246 MF  
McDonnell Douglas FA-18A Hornet 161749 VW-201  
MiG-15bis Fagot 81072 Chinese AF Ex N7013L
North American SNJ-5 Texan 90866 WD-41  
North American Rockwell OV-10D Bronco 155494 20  
Northrop F-5E Tiger II Adversary 741564  
Sikorsky HRS-3 (H-19) Chickasaw 130252 HR-1  
Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse 150219 YK-00  
Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion 153304 UT-00  
Vought F4U-5NL Corsair 122189 WF-15  
Vought RF-8G Crusader 144617 TN-21  
Vought F-8J Crusader 150920 DR-00  

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