On May 25, 2021, the Irvine City Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation (FLHF) to establish a strategy for the restoration of Hangar 296 of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, fundraising, and public outreach, all with the goal of the re-establishment of the Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum. As this museum began at the former El Toro MCAS, there is strong interest in bringing the museum "back home" and continuing its educational mission in Orange County.
Hangar 296 offers the opportunity to house the museum, all loaned aircraft, and exhibit materials in a fully secure building that will be part of a larger museum, library, and cultural center complex that the City is working to develop. The City is currently preparing estimates for the renovation of four buildings within the Cultural Terrace to create an events center, library, cultural center, and museum complex with city administrative offices.
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