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Monday, July 27, 2015

The Lyon Air Museum...

'Our cousin had heard about this museum, and knowing DH's interests, suggested a visit. And apparently as well as old aircraft used in WW2 on display, there was a special exhibition of Duesenberger cars...well DH couldn't get there fast enough! Mind you, I was excited too...especially to see some more of those beautiful cars! The museum is situated on the western side of John Wayne Airport...


There were a total of 15 of those beautiful old cars...all magnificently restored...some belonged to royalty, others to movie stars and others had been owned by wealthy businessmen. Here are just a few of the cars which were spread out throughout the building...

There was also a number of vintage motor bikes...some had been used by the military...


There were some old vehicles from Germany that had been used in WW2, including a vehicle used by Hitler...all beautifully restored.
The familiar US army jeep...
Now some of those planes. These range from Cessnas used for reconnaissance, to fighters and bombers.
I learned a new word since comng to the US..docent...well a new meaning for me as I was aware of the word before. Here it refers to people who keep a watch over exhibitions and also act as guides. Well the docent volunteers were very informative here and really made our visit interesting/fascinating. 
One vehicle was neither a military or a Duesenberger car...I loved it! Remember the baker who drove around suburban streets selling bread? You have to be a certain age to remember...
 Apparently that bakers' van was loaded with loaves of bread in the middle of the vehicle and at the back of the vehicle were drawers filled with pastries, cakes etc. these vans stopped operating by 1969. 
Lastly some photos taken by DH's cousin...Adrienne has taken photography courses and it shows!!
DH photography the sign beside on of the cars....
                             (Photo by A. Parks)

A close up of the chrome work...
                         (Photo by A. Parks)

DH standing in front of the large mural showing the areas and battles in the Pacific during WW2....
                         (Photo by A Parks)
Another great outing on our holiday!

4 comments:

Susan said...

I do remember bread being sold from a horse & cart in the street - I don't think there were any pastries back then...but I do rememebr pulling the white bread out of the middle of the loaf...so fresh...but it was probably a choice of square loaf - white bread or square loaf - white bread...times have changed.

Nanette said...

I remember the baker with the horse and cart too....he was my uncle and sometimes he'd let me hold the big basket. Susan....I remember pulling the soft warm bread from the middle too, and getting a good smack for my trouble..didn't stop me :) Love all those shiny cars,Maria, you two are certainly getting to see lots of interesting places.

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

Fantastic Museum Maria.

Lin said...

Beautiful cars Maria and so shiny! xx