Planes of Fame - Veteran's History Project

Planes of Fame - Veteran's History Project The VHP collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans to serve as an inspiration for future generations.
The Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from the following wars: World War I (1914-1920) World War II (1939-1946) Korean War (1950-1955) Vietnam War (1961-1975) Persian Gulf War (1990-1995) Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present) In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.
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The Planes of Fames (POF) conducts and records the interviews, completes all the required paperwork and submits them to the Library of Congress. The POF sends each Vet they interview a production book, (which includes a copy of the interview questions, signed documents and biographical information used in preparing for the interview) and a certificate of appreciation. The Vet and each member of his or her family also receives a copy of the interview on DVD. In addition, copies of the interviews and productions books are kept at the Planes of Fames library. Interviews may also be presented in the Planes of Fame theater for guests to watch and enjoy.

Mission: ...to serve as an inspiration for generations to come.

03/31/2020

Since the air show is cancelled, we can’t go out, how about if you post a story about the favorite Veteran that you met, and or the best or favorite story they told, at our past air shows. Post a photo too.
Stay safe!

Planes of Fame Air Museum
03/20/2020

Planes of Fame Air Museum

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we regret to inform you that the 2020 Planes of Fame Airshow has been canceled. We are deeply saddened that we have to cancel our favorite program of the year, but want to reiterate that safety is our number one priority. We are looking forward to a fantastic Airshow in 2021! All 2020 Airshow tickets can be transferred to our VintageFest Celebration in September 2020, donated to the Museum or refunded back to you. VintageFest will include aircraft fly-bys, many of which were scheduled for our 2020 Airshow. We appreciate your understanding and support during these challenging times.
For more information and FAQ, please visit: https://planesoffame.org/news/186/154/Planes-of-Fame-Air-Museum-Coronavirus-COVID-19-Statement

For those who have already purchased airshow tickets, upgraded seating, parking, etc. you may transfer your ticket to our VintageFest event September 26, 2020, donate the price of the ticket to the museum, or request a refund in full. Please use our refund/transfer form here: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/8fqI458B5d4U7m8jT to request a transfer, donation or refund. Once we have received your request it will take approximately 72 hours to process. If you request a refund you can expect to see the credit within 5-10 business days once we process your submitted form.

03/19/2020

Planes of Fame announced, March 17, the temporary closure of the museum until at least Monday, April 6 in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. Moreover, we have canceled all public events through the end of April in an effort to respond to the need for social distancing. The safety of our staff, volunteers, members, and visitors is of paramount concern.

As of today, the May 2 & 3 Airshow will continue as scheduled. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to closely monitor the latest information and evaluate if our plans need to change based on the latest guidance from local health authorities.

Though it would be a shame if we had to cancel, our utmost concern is the health of our Veterans and our guests. We will post updates as we get them. Stay healthy!

Planes of Fame Air Museum
03/06/2020

Planes of Fame Air Museum

TOMORROW!
Our March Living HIstory Flying Day Event featuring the P-38 Lightning!
Join us at 10am for this event with special guest Francis Gary Powers, Jr. Join us also for The 3rd annual Planes of Fame Volunteer Maloney Model Contest! Doors open at 9am with a flight demo by the P-38 at around noon!

Planes of Fame Air Museum
02/26/2020

Planes of Fame Air Museum

2020 AIRSHOW PERFORMER
Gregory W Colyer/Ace Maker Airshows
Planes of Fame Airshow 2020 - May 2-3
Get your tickets today: http://bit.ly/POFAirshow2020

Planes of Fame is proud to announce the return of Greg 'Wired' Colyer and his T-33 Shooting Star! Greg Colyer puts his T-33 through its paces in a breath-taking display of aerobatic flying that provides thrills to all who watch.

A native Californian, Gregory "Wired" Colyer took his first flight at age 7 in a Cessna 172 with Dr. Lee Schaller out of the Schellville airport in Sonoma, California. Hooked ever since, Greg has been flying for almost 3 decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the US Army from 1982-1987.

After leaving the service he served 27 years for the FAA keeping the skies safe as an Air Traffic Controller at Oakland ARTCC from 1988-2015. His passion for the cockpit never left him as he continued to fly as a hobby and an occasional airshow flying a Beech T-34 Mentor until he imported a Russian L-29 Delfin Jet in 2003.

After flying with his friend Kay Eckhart, in one of Kay's Lockheed T-33s in 2007, Greg set his sights on an upgrade to the U.S. Air Force's first operational jet and a real piece of U.S. aviation history. Acquiring a T-33 and naming it Ace Maker in 2008. Then founding the nonprofit (501c-3) T-33 Heritage Foundation to help in the preservation of the type.

02/23/2020
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Booked for the air show, Navajo Code Talker, Mr. Peter MacDonald. If you don’t know about the Code Talkers and what they did, watch this video.
If you know about them, you’re saying WOW right now lol. There are only four left. Don’t miss meeting this man!. This is a very rare opportunity.
He fought on Guam and Okinawa.

Peter MacDonald Sr. is one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers. On the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, he explains what made the “unbreakable” code so effective, and how it helped save lives and secure victory in the Pacific. An Unbreakable Code

BOOKED! Come see Mr. MacDonald at the VHP tent.Peter MacDonald Sr. is one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers. On ...
02/23/2020

BOOKED! Come see Mr. MacDonald at the VHP tent.

Peter MacDonald Sr. is one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers. On the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, he explains what made the “unbreakable” code so effective, and how it helped save lives and secure victory in the Pacific. An Unbreakable Code

02/21/2020

Starting to book our Vets for this year's airshow! Stay Tuned...

Planes of Fame Air Museum
12/13/2019

Planes of Fame Air Museum

HANGAR DANCE 2020!
Save the date for March 21, 2020, for our next Hangar Dance! Tickets go on sale on January 1st. Check out our page Planes of Fame Hangar Dance & WWII Party for more information!

Planes of Fame Air Museum
12/11/2019

Planes of Fame Air Museum

PLANES OF FAME AIRSHOW 2020
A little early Christmas present to you all! Save the date for May 2-3 for the 2020 Planes of Fame Airshow at Chino Airport, California! More details on performers, vendors, guest veterans, and more will be revealed at a later date. We look forward to having you join us for another amazing show!

06/07/2019
Veteran returns to Omaha Beach for first time in 75 years

Veteran returns to Omaha Beach for first time in 75 years

Seventy-five years ago Thursday, 96-year-old Army veteran Jake Larson stormed Omaha Beach. He is the last living member of his unit. D-Day was a moment that changed his life forever and yesterday was the first time he stepped back onto Omaha Beach. Anthony Mason reports.

97-year-old US veteran parachutes in D-Day ceremony
06/05/2019
97-year-old US veteran parachutes in D-Day ceremony

97-year-old US veteran parachutes in D-Day ceremony

Raw video: 97-year-old veteran paratrooper Tom Rice, who jumped with the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day, leaps from a plane in France to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

05/14/2018
Make the Connection

Make the Connection

I had a hard time keeping my mind out of the jungle." Sarge served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War - and came back with symptoms of PTSD. Hear how he found relief in his poetry and blues music.

Thank you Michele Spry for the wonderful photos. Thank you for these and all your help.
05/09/2018

Thank you Michele Spry for the wonderful photos. Thank you for these and all your help.

05/06/2018
Thank you Chris Wolfe for these great photos of a greats event.
05/06/2018

Thank you Chris Wolfe for these great photos of a greats event.

Planes of Fame - Veteran's History Project
04/20/2018

Planes of Fame - Veteran's History Project

Ed Tessien flew 25 missions as a bombardier as part of the 96th Bomb Group, flying “Big Dick” a B-17, named after the pilot.

He participated in largest air battle of the war: Second Schweinfurt. 260 planes deployed; over 200 planes struck the target; 65 were shot down. On that mission, he personally shot down a JU 88 as it flew directly at their plane. This was captured on tape. They crashlanded in southern England with only one engine, as the other three had been shot out during combat. The plane was so full of bullet holes it never flew again. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for “destruction of an enemy plane.”

He was also awarded a second Distinguished Flying Cross for completing 25 missions. Only one crew member was injured during all those bombing runs.

Ed Tessien flew 25 missions as a bombardier as part of the 96th Bomb Group, flying “Big Dick” a B-17, named after the pi...
04/20/2018

Ed Tessien flew 25 missions as a bombardier as part of the 96th Bomb Group, flying “Big Dick” a B-17, named after the pilot.

He participated in largest air battle of the war: Second Schweinfurt. 260 planes deployed; over 200 planes struck the target; 65 were shot down. On that mission, he personally shot down a JU 88 as it flew directly at their plane. This was captured on tape. They crashlanded in southern England with only one engine, as the other three had been shot out during combat. The plane was so full of bullet holes it never flew again. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for “destruction of an enemy plane.”

He was also awarded a second Distinguished Flying Cross for completing 25 missions. Only one crew member was injured during all those bombing runs.

04/10/2018
Planes of Fame Air Show, May 5 and 6.
03/25/2018

Planes of Fame Air Show, May 5 and 6.

On April 18, 1942, just four months after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, 16 B-25 bombers took off from the USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier positioned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on a top-secret mission. Their destination: Tokyo.
Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, was Doolittle’s co-pilot during the momentous raid that bears his name, and is the sole surviving veteran of a group forever known to history as the Doolittle Raiders.
Confirmed: Col. Dick Cole will be in the Veterans Tent both days of the air show May 5 & 6.
He will also be selling his book.
Come out and meet him!

03/23/2018
On April 18, 1942, just four months after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, 16 B-25 bombers took off from the USS...
03/22/2018

On April 18, 1942, just four months after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, 16 B-25 bombers took off from the USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier positioned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on a top-secret mission. Their destination: Tokyo.
Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, was Doolittle’s co-pilot during the momentous raid that bears his name, and is the sole surviving veteran of a group forever known to history as the Doolittle Raiders.
Confirmed: Col. Dick Cole will be in the Veterans Tent both days of the air show May 5 & 6.
He will also be selling his book.
Come out and meet him!

Address

7000 Merrill Ave, # 17
Chino, CA
91710

General information

These collections of first-hand accounts are archived at the Library of Congress for use by researchers and to serve as an inspiration for generations to come. VHP relies on volunteers throughout the nation to collect veterans’ stories. That is why the Planes of Fame has partnered with the Library of Congress to help carry out this most worthy endeavor. This is a FREE service to all our veteran who wish to participate.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00
Saturday 08:00 - 16:00
Sunday 08:00 - 16:00

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(909) 597-3722

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The Planes of Fame (POF) conducts and records the interviews, completes all the required paperwork and submits them to the Library of Congress. Planes of Fame sends each veteran they interview a production book, (which includes a copy of the interview questions, signed documents and biographical information used in preparing for the interview) and a certificate of appreciation. The veteran and each member of his or her family also receives a copy of the interview on DVD. In addition, copies of the interviews and productions books are kept at the Planes of Fame library. Interviews may also be presented in the Planes of Fame theater for guests to watch and enjoy.

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My friends dad, Geoffrey Blackman, was the pilot of the PBY next to the one that spotted the Japanese fleet off of Midway. At my urging, he attended the Planes of Fame Air Show in 2013. I asked him which "Strawberry" designation was given his plane during Midway operations. He told me that the "Strawberry" call signs at Midway were made up for the movie! Sad to say that we lost Geoffrey a few years ago. I am pictured with Geoffrey and his daughter Marge.
The start of a great tribute to my father
Hi Dave! Will you be in the Vet's tent, filming again this year? Hope you are my friend. Will see you Saturday morning ✈️