Planes of Fame Air Museum

Planes of Fame Air Museum Where Warbirds Fly and Aviation History Lives! World-famous aviation museum based in Chino, California and Valle, Arizona. While the journey from 10 original aircraft to over 150 has been a long one, our mission has never changed.
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It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. And although the Museum spans the history of manned flight from the Wright Flyer replica to the Space Age of Apollo, many more chapters remain to be written and many more stories told before the vision of a young Ed Maloney is finally fulfilled. Come see us!

08/14/2020
VJ Day Celebrations

On this day 75 years ago, an eagerly awaited announcement from President Truman marked the end of the war in the Pacific, the final act of World War 2. While the unconditional surrender would not be signed until September 2nd in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri (and fighting continued until news traveled throughout the Pacific Theater), August 14th is often considered the official VJ Day when the announcement was made. Wide-spread celebrations and cheers went out throughout all of the United States. Here's an original 1945 video marking this special date in history. VJ Day is celebrated on different dates throughout the world. In the UK, it's celebrated on August 15 due to the time difference. VJ Day in other parts of the world is also widely observed as the September 2nd signing date.

We are open today through Sunday 10am-4pm with our 'outdoor experience' and reduced admission prices! We have lots of ai...
08/12/2020

We are open today through Sunday 10am-4pm with our 'outdoor experience' and reduced admission prices! We have lots of aircraft to see and a full gift shop for you to check out! We are taking the current situation seriously, and we want you to know your visit to the museum will be a safe one. That includes all doors are being left open to minimize touchpoints, hand sanitizers available in the Gift Shop and the Restrooms, all visitors are asked to wear masks or face coverings, and more.

08/12/2020
Tom Dozier

Throwback for this Tuesday to when our Mitsubishi A6M-52 Zero was undergoing some engine runups after the year+ long re-restoration and new paint job. Our Zero is world famous for still being powered by its original Nakajima Sakae engine! Take a listen to a sound you won't hear anywhere else!

Listen to the unique sound of the worlds only original Mitsubishi A6M-52 "Zero" powered by its original Nakajima Sakae engine. The Planes of Fame Air Museum unique Mitsubishi A6M-52 "Zero" recently completed some work in the hanger and got a fresh paint job. Here is Steve Hinton in the Zero doing some engine work ups and checks before a maintenance flight to return the Zero to flight status for the Planes of Fame Air Show 2016.
Planes of Fame
Where Warbirds Fly
http://www.planesoffame.org

Yesterday in history marked one of the last major acts of World War 2 with a second blinding flash, this time over Nagas...
08/11/2020

Yesterday in history marked one of the last major acts of World War 2 with a second blinding flash, this time over Nagasaki. A B-29 Superfortress named 'Bockscar' dropped an implosion-type nuclear weapon with a solid plutonium core nicknamed 'fat man'. This controversial event happened 75 years ago, and marked the final few weeks left of the war. We pause to remember those lost and the terrible cost of war 75 years ago. The B-29, 'Bockscar', still exists on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

08/08/2020

Live startup of the F4U Corsair here at the Planes of Fame Air Museum!

It's a great day for a live demonstration today featuring the Corsair! And we're happy to have the Cobra club of Orange ...
08/08/2020

It's a great day for a live demonstration today featuring the Corsair! And we're happy to have the Cobra club of Orange County here as well. Look for a live video of the startup at around noon!

TOMORROW! Come see the F4U Corsair fly! We're taking to the skies with our bent wing bird and you can come see it happen...
08/07/2020

TOMORROW! Come see the F4U Corsair fly! We're taking to the skies with our bent wing bird and you can come see it happen with this live demonstration. Starting at 11:45am, a short presentation on the Corsair will then conclude with the flight around noon. Come get up close to this historic oldest Corsair in existence! And don't forget, we have special outdoor experience pricing going on now. We are taking all the precautions here at the museum to keep you safe, so come on out with your mask and sunscreen and enjoy a special treat! Doors open at 10am.

While we focus on those machines with wings, we do enjoy the earth-bound vehicles! And as a bonus treat for those that c...
08/06/2020

While we focus on those machines with wings, we do enjoy the earth-bound vehicles! And as a bonus treat for those that come out Saturday for the Live Demonstration featuring our F4U Corsair, the Cobra Club of Orange County is bringing twenty (or more) Shelby Cobras and GT-350 Mustangs to the Museum! Beginning at 10am, check out the cars built by auto legend Carroll Shelby (who was a flight instructor during WW2!). The Cobra Club members will also be getting photos taken with our P-51 Mustangs. So head on out this Saturday to see some classic cars and a flying Corsair! Doors open at 10am with the Corsair presentation at 11:45am. Corsair flies at Noon.

Chino Airport History today! Today is the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Cal-Aero Flight Academy at the Chino Ai...
08/05/2020

Chino Airport History today! Today is the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Cal-Aero Flight Academy at the Chino Airport. The Primary and Basic Flight school was a civilian-run school under contract to the U.S. Army Air Corps (later Army Air Force). The first class featured only 56 cadets and there were only two barracks buildings, and two hangars at that time. By the time the school closed in October 1944, over 11,000 cadets had gone through Cal-Aero, many would fly with distinction in the war! The academy featured four hangars and fourteen barracks with a housing capacity for 750 cadets. After the war, the Cal-Aero facility served as public housing and as an elementary school.
Some of the original buildings STILL stand at the airport! You've probably been inside them and not even realized! The field has also appeared in several Hollywood productions including the Abbott and Costello movie 'Keep Em Flying' and the TV series '12 O' Clock High'.

FLIGHT ALERT! Saturday, August 8th, 2020We know it's been a while since you've all seen something fly and gotten that av...
08/04/2020

FLIGHT ALERT! Saturday, August 8th, 2020
We know it's been a while since you've all seen something fly and gotten that aviation fix we all need... so how about a Corsair flight on Saturday? That's right, we're going flying! Come see the world's oldest flying F4U Corsair up close and take to the skies with the sound of her 2,000 HP radial engine this Saturday, August 8th! Doors open at 10am with a short presentation about the Corsair around 11:45am. At noon, she heads up to the wild blue yonder. Also, don't forget we have a special discounted "Outdoor Experience" admission going on now, so bring your mask, slap on some sunscreen, and come out to enjoy this Live Demonstration!

Looking for something to do this week? We are open with our Outdoor Experience Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm...
08/03/2020

Looking for something to do this week? We are open with our Outdoor Experience Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm! While our hangars are closed for walkthroughs, we brought airplanes right up to the hangar edge for you to see, get up close, and take photos of including some visiting aircraft. So grab your mask and head on out to the museum for a few hours to get your aviation fix!

So many amazing photos were posted for our cover photo contest! It made it very hard to choose just one... but here's th...
08/01/2020

So many amazing photos were posted for our cover photo contest! It made it very hard to choose just one... but here's the winner for the next two weeks... Rafal Wolinski! He posted this awesome shot of our Boeing P-26 Peashooter making a pass at one of our airshows! If you didn't get picked this time, no worries, we'll do another contest in 2 weeks!

07/31/2020
Tom Dozier

It's 'Triple' Thursday! (yes, we made that up) So here's THREE Japanese Zeros from our 2012 Airshow! The lead aircraft in the formation is Planes of Fame's A6M-52, the worlds only flying original authentic Mitsubishi A6M zero.
Who remembers this airshow?

With all the news about the restored A6M Zero recently flown in Japan, I thought I would show it when it flew at the Planes of Fame Air Show 2012. It is the second aircraft to take off and flying right wing in the formation.
The lead aircraft in the formation is Planes of Fame's A6M-52, the worlds only flying original authentic Mitsubishi A6M zero. The other two, were built in Russia from patterns in the 1990's.
Everybody should experience a Planes of Fame airshow in person at least once.
This years show is scheduled for April 29th-May 1st, 2016
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Where Warbirds Fly
http://www.planesoffame.org

Time for a new cover photo! This time, let's see your shots of our pre-World War 2 aircraft! That can include the Peasho...
07/30/2020

Time for a new cover photo! This time, let's see your shots of our pre-World War 2 aircraft! That can include the Peashooter, Guardsman, Stearman, WW1 aircraft, etc! They can be flying or static. To be considered for the cover photo, you yourself must have taken the photo and it must be one of our aircraft. We can't wait to see what images you have!

Michael C. Huggins shared an awesome set of photos from our airshows in the 1980s! In that set, he also included these s...
07/28/2020

Michael C. Huggins shared an awesome set of photos from our airshows in the 1980s! In that set, he also included these show schedules from our 1983 and 1986 airshows! Check out the line-ups we had back then. Thanks for posting Michael!

67 years ago today, the Korean War came to a frozen pause as the Korean Armistice Agreement as signed on July 27,1953. I...
07/27/2020

67 years ago today, the Korean War came to a frozen pause as the Korean Armistice Agreement as signed on July 27,1953. It created the Demilitarized Zone separating the North and South Koreas. No Peace Treaty was ever signed, and the two Koreas are still technically at war. We pause today to remember this often 'forgotten war'. Our F-86 Sabre and MiG-15 commemorate those who served in the Korean War weaving through the sky in an aerial ballet dogfight at our airshows.

Dreaming of those crisp mornings on the ramp at our Airshows! The orange liquid light begins to appear, and the sunrise ...
07/26/2020

Dreaming of those crisp mornings on the ramp at our Airshows! The orange liquid light begins to appear, and the sunrise photo pass photographers are out shooting photos! Here's a great one from our 2012 Airshow from Thomas Bunce! He says it's an 84.6-megapixel panorama he stitched together one shot at a time! Let's see your early morning photos at the airshow!

Don't forget, we are OPEN with our outdoor experience this weekend! If you're looking for somewhere you can go to enjoy ...
07/25/2020

Don't forget, we are OPEN with our outdoor experience this weekend! If you're looking for somewhere you can go to enjoy aviation, we have a number of aircraft pulled out of the hangars for you to come out and enjoy! We are open this weekend from 10AM to 4PM. It's great weather this weekend, so bring your mask and come check out some historic aircraft and vehicles!

07/24/2020
Tom Dozier

Can't get enough of the Corsair? Well check out this awesome video of our Corsair over the years from Tom Dozier! Just something about those bent wings!

The Planes of Fame's F4U-1 Corsair is the oldest flying Corsair in the world. It is one of the aircraft used in the TV series "Black Sheep" and was the model for the Corsair in the movie "Planes".
Everyone should experience a Planes of Fame airshow in person at least once.
This years airshow is scheduled for April 29th-May 1st, 2015.
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Where warbirds Fly
http://www.planesoffame.org

We wanted to say a big 'tank' you to the Motor Pool for keeping our earth-bound vehicles rolling! Have you seen our Sher...
07/23/2020

We wanted to say a big 'tank' you to the Motor Pool for keeping our earth-bound vehicles rolling! Have you seen our Sherman Tank in action? Quite a sight to see firing the main gun! You can see the Sherman and several other armored vehicles and trucks at the museum right now during our outdoor experience.

Two-fer for Tuesday! Our P-51D Mustang and F-86F Sabre together from the Los Angeles County Air Show a few years ago! Wh...
07/22/2020

Two-fer for Tuesday! Our P-51D Mustang and F-86F Sabre together from the Los Angeles County Air Show a few years ago! What would be your dream pairing of Jet and Warbird aircraft for a Heritage Flight?

On this day 51 years ago, Neil Armstrong took a small step and a giant leap on moon for the first time. 240,000 miles aw...
07/21/2020

On this day 51 years ago, Neil Armstrong took a small step and a giant leap on moon for the first time. 240,000 miles away from earth at roughly 11pm EST, the famous line filled the airwaves signifying an incredible feat during the Space Race. We have a few space related items at the museum, including a mockup of an Apollo capsule!

Looking for that something special for the aviation lover in your life? Or perhaps a way to support the museum? Our onli...
07/19/2020

Looking for that something special for the aviation lover in your life? Or perhaps a way to support the museum? Our online gift shop is OPEN and ready to take your orders!
https://planesoffame.mybigcommerce.com/

It's Fortress Friday! We're screaming into the weekend like Lyon Air Museum's B-17 did at our 2014 Airshow! Who remember...
07/17/2020

It's Fortress Friday! We're screaming into the weekend like Lyon Air Museum's B-17 did at our 2014 Airshow! Who remembers that show, we had TWO B-17s that year! In the last 15 years, we've had two other B-17s attend our airshow. Does anyone remember what two those were? And if you have photos, post them in the comments!

So many amazing photos were posted for our cover photo contest! It made it very hard to choose just one... but here's th...
07/16/2020

So many amazing photos were posted for our cover photo contest! It made it very hard to choose just one... but here's the winner for the next two weeks... Brent Mosbrook! He posted this wonderful shot of our P-51D Mustang 'Spam Can' at sunrise! If you didn't get picked this time, no worries, we'll do another contest in a few weeks!

07/15/2020
Tom Dozier

We think this Tuesday needs a little more Tigercat in it. What do you think? Crank up the sound and enjoy!
Thanks to Tom Dozier for the video from our 2015 airshow!

The Planes of Fame Air Show 2015 featured an expert demonstration of the capabilities of the Grumman F7F "Tigercat" provided by Stew Dawson in Lewis Air Legends Grumman F7F "Tigercat." This is another example of the featured demonstration flights of ultra rare warbirds in the hands of some of the world's best pilots that can be seen at a Planes of Fame Air Show.
Everyone needs to experience a Planes of Fame air show in person at least once.
This years airshow is scheduled for April 29th-May 1st, 2016.
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Where Warbirds Fly
http://www.planesoffame.org/

Alright everyone, time for a cover photo contest again! Since today is Monday, let's go for MUSTANGS! Post your best Mus...
07/14/2020

Alright everyone, time for a cover photo contest again! Since today is Monday, let's go for MUSTANGS! Post your best Mustang photos and we'll pick a winner Wednesday. To be considered for the cover photo, you yourself must have taken the photo and it needs to be of one of our own Mustangs or a Mustang from one of our airshows. Let's see those Allison/Merlin beauties!

It was an early morning at Planes of Fame yesterday! Volunteers were helping to paint the fences at our future Korean Wa...
07/12/2020

It was an early morning at Planes of Fame yesterday! Volunteers were helping to paint the fences at our future Korean War Memorial site. So grateful to our crew and we are super excited to see so much progress being made! For more information and ways to donate to this special memorial, click here: https://www.poftasteofflight.org/sweet-rose

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, remember we have our outdoor experience currently taking place! With...
07/11/2020

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, remember we have our outdoor experience currently taking place! With several aircraft outside, you can get your airplane fix.
We also have our B-17 Flying Fortress, which most of you have seen when you pull up to the museum, open for socially distanced walking tours. We love our B-17, and her ongoing restoration to flight by a dedicated group of volunteers. Our Docents and Veterans tell the story of all the brave young men who took to the skies during WW2 in these winged fortresses and took the fight to Germany. Did you know our B-17 has the distinction of being the last B-17 on active duty?

Doesn't look very frightening to us (see what we did there?), but perhaps if we were in a Zero or ME-109 it would be! Wh...
07/10/2020

Doesn't look very frightening to us (see what we did there?), but perhaps if we were in a Zero or ME-109 it would be!
Which would you choose the Thunderbolt or the Lightning?

We still have some GREEN Airshow 2020 T-Shirts in stock! Although the airshow has been canceled, YOU can make a differen...
07/09/2020
2020 AIRSHOW T-SHIRT

We still have some GREEN Airshow 2020 T-Shirts in stock! Although the airshow has been canceled, YOU can make a difference and help us 'Keep 'Em Flying' by purchasing your very own limited-edition 2020 Airshow T-shirt today! Get them here for only $5! https://planesoffame.mybigcommerce.com/greyscale-airshow-t-shirt/

Planes of Fame Air Museumโ€™s Gift Shop is a memorable stop for Museum visitors, as well as online shoppers. Located at the main entrance of the Museum, the gift shop offers a wide variety of aircraft themed items, including books, toys, aviation art, Planes of Fame exclusive clothing and models wit...

Let's call today 'Turkey Tuesday'! Here's our TBM Avenger from last year. What's your favorite Naval aircraft of WW2?
07/08/2020

Let's call today 'Turkey Tuesday'! Here's our TBM Avenger from last year. What's your favorite Naval aircraft of WW2?

Richard Takenaga shared some images from this weekend's Live Demo with the BT-13! Thanks Richard! Keep an eye on Faceboo...
07/07/2020

Richard Takenaga shared some images from this weekend's Live Demo with the BT-13! Thanks Richard! Keep an eye on Facebook for more Live Demos!

Today is the LAST DAY you can vote for the Planes of Fame Air Museum Airshow at the USA Today top 10 airshows contest! O...
07/05/2020
Vote - Planes of Fame Air Show - Best Air Show Nominee: 2020 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

Today is the LAST DAY you can vote for the Planes of Fame Air Museum Airshow at the USA Today top 10 airshows contest! Only takes a quick second to give us a vote (it's free, only one button to push and no email required!). At last check, we were in the top 10 before they turned off the ability to view the ranking. https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-air-show/planes-of-fame-air-show-chino-calif

Planes of Fame Air Show: Vote for your favorite air show in the USA!

Wishing all of you a safe and wonderful Independence Day this July 4th. Don't have anything to do this weekend? Our outd...
07/04/2020

Wishing all of you a safe and wonderful Independence Day this July 4th.
Don't have anything to do this weekend? Our outdoor locations are open and if you missed today's Live Demo with the BT-13, we will be doing it again tomorrow! (limited first-come, first-served for viewing on the ramp, but the flight can be viewed anywhere at the museum)

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14998 Cal Aero Drive
Chino, CA
91710

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The Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Our giftshop is open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. Please visit our website www.planesoffame.org or call 909-597-3722 for more information.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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Visit Planes of Fame Air Museum at Historic Cal Aero Field in Chino, California. The Planes of Fame Air Museum was founded in 1957 by Edward Maloney. It is the oldest independently operated aviation museum in the United States.

The museum collection spans the history of manned flight from the Wright Flyer of 1903 to the space age Apollo Capsule. We house over 150 Aircraft and displays. Many of the Aircraft are flyable, including the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-40 Warhawk, B-25 Mitchell, P-38 Lightning, F-86 Sabre & Russian Mig 15.

Our Mission is to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans.

We are a non profit 501 (c)(3) organization that has grown since 1957 through donations and dedicated volunteers. For more info please visit: www.planesoffame.org

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Thank you for flying today
this is from my Dad's collection. he was Army Air Corps prior to WW2. circa 1930 Nichlos Field P I
IS THERE ANY INFO ON THE B17,(THE JOLLY ROGER) AND HER CREW,THANK YOU!
Hi Team, Do you still have the J2M Raiden?
https://web.facebook.com/Glider-Antonov-A1-100748468352835/ The page is dedicated to the construction of the A-1 airframe according to the drawings of 1949. The glider was designed by the famous Soviet designer Oleg Antonov. The glider was built in series in the USSR and Turkey.
Scanning over 100 original docs of my grandfathers from CV-6 Enterprise that I can't wait to share with you all.
I attended POF's new "Outdoor Experience" today, it opens on May 30th to the public. The experience is great! Planes have been moved out of hangers so you can get a close-up look. This also allows you a better view in the hangers from a distance. I would recommend this as a great destination for your friends and family who are not plane fanatics like me! It's a great way to spend an hour or so outside for only $8.
Will POF be participating in the Social Strong flyover that CAF is doing?
Planes of Fame Air Museum 50th Anniversary Pacific Flyer edition....Notable other headline...F-117s retired....sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Did you ever post a tentative list of performers for the air show? Would be nice to see what might have been this year.
Question at the Planes of Fame Aviation Air Museum in Chino, California in there Aviation Collection do they Own a WWII German Military HE-111 Bomber Military Aircraft ?