United States Marine Corps Air/Ground Museum

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    The Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum
    Housed in 1920s hangars at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia, the Air-Ground Museum gives visitors a glimpse of Marine Corps air-ground team development and its achievements in two major wars and numerous minor campaigns. The buildings which house the museum are themselves historic structures, being examples of early aircraft hangars. The interiors have been modified for the exhibit of historic aircraft and ground weapons, and illustrates the development of doctrine, tactics, and technology.
    Marine Corps Historical Center and Museum
    At the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard, approximately 40 miles north of Quantico, the Marine Corps Museum houses a standing exhibit which details the history of the Marine Corps from 1775 to the present. Uniforms, small arms, medals, accouterments, art, photographs, and documents are combined in a "time tunnel" which covers the last 200-plus years of Marine Corps history in 20 different chronological displays. This museum is open year around except Christmas and New Years Day.

    Other resources of the Historical Center, including personal papers and art collections. library, and archives, are available to researchers by appointment, by telephoning (202) 433-3840.

    The "Early Years" section of the museum traces the development of the air ground team from its inception just after the turn of the century to the occupation of Iceland on the eve of World War II. Included in this story is a detailed study of expeditionary service in the Caribbean islands, Central America, and China, as well as the contributions of the Marine Corps in World War I and in the years between the world wars. Special emphasis is placed on the development of amphibious warfare and combined arms tactics and technology which was centered, for the most part, at Quantico in the 1920s and 1930s.
    This part of the museum, more than double the size of the "Early Years" and "Korean War" hangars, is devoted to the Marine Corps' role in World War II. The part that the Marine Corps played in the Pacific theater is told through exhibits which emphasize the evolution of air-ground tactics, amphibious operations, and combined arms. Supporting these exhibits are displays of uniformed mannequins and weapons, both Marine Corps and Japanese. From the first real use of an air-ground team during the defense of Wake Island to the close air support tactics used in the Okinawa campaign at the end of the war, the major campaigns of the war are illustrated by the aircraft, weapons, and vehicles which made victory possible.
    In the "Korean War" area of the museum, the history of the "Forgotten War" is recounted through the five = * major phases, from the Pusan Perimeter in the summer of 1950 to the political stalemate three years later. The Korean War was a further testing ground of the air-ground team tactics which had been developing over the preceding 50 years. A major theme throughout the exhibits is the utilization of helicopters and jet aircraft for the first time by the Marine Corps air-ground team. The Marine Corps' ability to adapt to the suddenness of the war, the extremes of weather and terrain, and its flexible use of both offensive and defensive tactics are demonstrated throughout this portion of the museum.
    The museum's study collections are available to the interested researcher. Besides the kinds of aircraft and large weapons illustrated in this brochure, Marine Corps study collections include small arms, edged weapons, uniforms, personal equipment, models, historic flags, medals, and badges.

    Collections can be studied by appointment which can be scheduled by writing to the address or telephoning the number on this brochure.

    Gift shop
    The Marine Corps Historical Foundation operates gifts shops inside the Air-Ground Museum at Quantico and the Marine Corps Museum at the Washington Navy Yard, as well as a mail-order business with an 80 page catalog containing Marine Corps aviation related memorabilia, etc. They can be reached at 800-397-7585.
    The Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum is located at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia, 36 miles south of Washington, D.C., east of Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1. Research facilities are located in Building 2014, approximately two miles from the museum. Marine sentries assist visitors arriving at the base; visitors are issued vehicle passes and given directions to the museum or research site. Signs along the way direct visitors to the museum.

General Information

    Hours of Operation
    The Marine Corps Air-Ground Museuum is open to the public annually from 1 April to 26 November.
    Tues to Sat and holidays 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm
    Closed Mondays for upkeep
    Closed Easter and Thanksgiving
    The research facility office hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, federal holidays excepted.
Exhibits - By Primary role
Attack (Japan)
 Yokosuka MXY-7Model 22 (Okha 22) Serial No: I-13  
Attack - USMC 'A' 1962-Present
 Douglas A-4A (Skyhawk) Serial No: 142226  
Bomber - 'B' 1924-Present
 North American B-25D (Mitchell) Serial No: Unknown 
Fighter (USSR)
 Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-15 (Fagot) Serial No: 70007 
Fighter - 'F' 1922-1962
 Boeing FB-5 Serial No: A-7114  
 Curtiss F6C-4 (Hawk) Serial No: Unknown  
 Douglas F4D-1 (Skyray) Serial No: 139177 
 Goodyear FG-1D (Corsair) Serial No: 13486  
 Grumman F4F-4 (Wildcat) Serial No: 12114  
 Grumman F6F-3 (Hellcat) Serial No: 41476  
 Grumman F9F-2 (Panther) Serial No: 123526  
 North American FJ-3 (Fury) Serial No: 136119 
 Vought F4U-4 (Corsair) Serial No: 97369  
Fighter - USMC 'F' 1962-Present
 Douglas EF-10B (SkyKnight) Serial No: 124618 
 McDonnell-Douglas F-4A (Phantom II) Serial No: 143388  
Helicopter, Observation - 'HO' 1944-1962
 Sikorsky HO3S-1 (Dragonfly) Serial No: 124344  
Helicopter, Training - 'HT' 1948-1962
 Bell HTL-4 (Sioux) Serial No: 128635  
Helicopter, Transport - 'HR' 1944-1962
 Sikorsky HRS-1 (Chickasaw) Serial No: 127834 
Observation - 'O' 1922-1962
 Convair OY-1 (Sentinel) Serial No: 12054  
Rotorcycle - 'RO' 1954-1959
 Gyrodyne YRON-1 Serial No: Unknown  
Scout Bomber - 'SB' 1934-1946
 Douglas SBD-5 (Dauntless) Serial No: Unknown  
Scout trainer - 'SN' 1939-1948
 North American SNJ-5 (Texan) Serial No: Unknown  
Torpedo Bomber - 'TB' 1935-1946
 Eastern (GM) TBM-3E (Avenger) Serial No: 85890  
Trainer - 'N' 1922-1926
 Stearman N2S-3 (Kaydet) Serial No: 07481  
Transport - 'R' 1931-1962
 Douglas R4D-6 (Skytrain) Serial No: 17278  
Undesignated Aircraft - '!UND' 1909-1919
 Curtiss A-2 (Pusher) Serial No: Unknown  
[Not yet classified]
  S_4 Serial No: R66Y  
Other major equipment on exhibit at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum includes:
  • .30-Cal. Gatling Gun M1901
  • 3-lnch B.L. Rifle M1876
  • 37mm Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon
  • Model 1895 Colt-Browning Machine Gun
  • Benet-Mercie Machine Rifle
  • 1915 King Armored Car
  • 3-lnch Field Gun M1902
  • 3-Ton Standard B "Liberty" Truck
  • 5-Ton Artillery Tractor M1917
  • 37mm Gun "Puteaux" M191G
  • 6-Ton Tank "Renault" M1917
  • 75mm Pack Howitzers and M1897 Field Guns
  • 60mm, 81mm, 4.2" Mortars
  • Roebling Alligator (LVT Protoype)
  • Track-Mounted 7-lnch Naval Gun
  • M3A1 Scout Car
  • MBT and M38 "Jeeps"
  • .50- and .30-Cal. Browning Machine Guns
  • Twin 40mm AA Gun "Bofors"
  • M3A1 and M5A1 "Stuart" Light Tanks
  • M3 Half-Track (Radio Vehicle)
  • LVT-1 and LVT-3 (Landing Vehicle Tracked)
  • M4 "Sherman" and M26 "Pershing" Medium Tanks
  • M29 Cargo Carrier "Weasel"


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Planning to visit your museum early next year. Just learned that you have a Dauntless SBD-5 on display. I've created a website to salute Marine Dauntless SBD dive bomber pilots who served in the South Pacific during WWII. Site is located at www.vmsb243.com. All work on it is a total volunteer effort. Looking forward to seeing a Dauntless, for the first time, when I visit the museum. Thanks for keeping it safe!
09/06/2007 @ 14:01 [ref: 6292]
 Paul Hannah
 , Florida

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum aboard Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA is closed permanently as of November the 15th, 2002. The contents of the museum have been incorporated into the National Museum of the Marine Corps opened on November 13th, 2006. The new museum is world-class! Fantastic dioramas, exhibits, and displays.
06/13/2007 @ 19:22 [ref: 5969]
 , Indiana

While visiting D.C, with my uncle, a retired Lt. Colonol, we stopped at the Marine Museum. I must admit, it was not on my list of "things to do" while on vacation, but is one of the most impressive and memorable places we went. I took many pictures and shared them with my fourth grade class, encouraging them to talk their parents into going. What a wonderful, eye-opening, hands on experience for all ages. Thanks Uncle Lyle!
05/02/2007 @ 07:06 [ref: 5888]
 Carmen Whaley
 Anderson, Indiana

While visiting D.C, with my uncle, a retired Lt. Colonol, we stopped at the Marine Museum. I must admit, it was not on my list of "things to do" while on vacation, but is one of the most impressive and memorable places we went. I took many pictures and shared them with my fourth grade class, encouraging them to talk their parents into going. What a wonderful, eye-opening, hands on experience for all ages. Thanks Uncle Lyle!
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 Pauline Adkins
 Monroe, Georgia

I just wanted to say how proud I am of all our service men Past and Present,who has sered our country. As a child I had 3 older brothers who served in 1943 2 in the Air corp and 1 in the Coast Guard in the Aleutian Island guarding the coast.1 cousin in the Marines.My twin when he got 18 years old he served in the Air force over in England.To top this off ,I am proud to say that my Father served in the Spanish American war in Japan in the Philippines,back in the 1880's.My grandson at this moment is serving in the Navy and is a Pilot. Mrs. Adkins
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