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!

Operating as usual

They say the camera adds 10 pounds, but that F-16 sure looks small compared to the F-86 from this angle!What's a good ca...
02/25/2021

They say the camera adds 10 pounds, but that F-16 sure looks small compared to the F-86 from this angle!

What's a good caption for this image?

What a great shot of three of our aircraft and the F-22 Raptor Demo Team USAF Heritage Flight formation from our Airshow...
02/23/2021

What a great shot of three of our aircraft and the F-22 Raptor Demo Team USAF Heritage Flight formation from our Airshow! Thanks Brian Furutani!
If you didn't get chosen for this cover photo contest, no worries, we'll have another one in a few weeks! Thanks again to all who posted photos in the comments.

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This photo that Greg Pierson posted from other the weekend during our 'Outdoor Experience' sums up our feelings for the ...
02/22/2021

This photo that Greg Pierson posted from other the weekend during our 'Outdoor Experience' sums up our feelings for the weekend ending... lots of open mouth sighs!
Who's looking forward to Thursday when we're back open again? We are open Thursday - Sunday 10am-4pm!

It's that time again, time for a new cover photo! We're had some incredible USAF Heritage Flights and USN Legacy Flights...
02/17/2021

It's that time again, time for a new cover photo! We're had some incredible USAF Heritage Flights and USN Legacy Flights at our Airshows over the years featuring all assortments of vintage and modern air power. Let's see your favorite USAF Heritage/USN Legacy Flight photos from our Airshows! In order to be considered for the cover photo, you yourself must have taken the photo and it must include at least one of our aircraft. Let's see what you all have got, and Keep 'Em Flying!

There's still a few hours to swing by the Museum today if you're not already here! We're open till 4pm. We return to Thu...
02/15/2021

There's still a few hours to swing by the Museum today if you're not already here! We're open till 4pm. We return to Thursday-Sunday 10am-4pm hours after today. Also, don't forget to check out our newly reopened B-17 Flying Fortress when you're here!

Itching for that aviation fix missing from your life lately? We're open Thursday - Sunday AND we will be OPEN this Monda...
02/13/2021

Itching for that aviation fix missing from your life lately? We're open Thursday - Sunday AND we will be OPEN this Monday for Presidents Day from 10am to 4pm!
Not only that, we will be reopening up our B-17 Flying Fortress for you to come walk through! Come take a look inside an ongoing restoration of the famed bomber of World War 2 and see just how those 10 men spent over eight hours hitting Germany from 20-30,000 feet. So grab your mask and join us for this special Monday holiday we're open!

Who can't wait for this to be back in October? We sure can't! Join us for our 2021 Airshow October 30 and 31st! What air...
02/12/2021

Who can't wait for this to be back in October? We sure can't! Join us for our 2021 Airshow October 30 and 31st! What aircraft are you most excited to see fly?

02/10/2021
Tom Dozier

Since everyone is jumping on the #cockpitviewchallenge, here's our own Chris Fahey flying our Lockheed P-38J Lightning '23 Skidoo' with some incredible in-cockpit footage!

Come along in the cockpit with Chris Fahey as he demonstrates the Lockheed P-38J "23 Skidoo" at the Planes of Fame Air Show 2015.
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Like father like son... a pair of Hintons! Steve Hinton and Steven Hinton Jr in our P-40N Warhawk and P-40C from The Fig...
02/08/2021

Like father like son... a pair of Hintons! Steve Hinton and Steven Hinton Jr in our P-40N Warhawk and P-40C from The Fighter Collection in the UK together back in 2013.
Trivia: Who can tell us where our P-40 got that paint scheme from?

02/06/2021
Tom Dozier

Heading into the weekend as our Corsair heads into the skies in this 2012 video! That opening POV angle as the wings fold down, wow!
Video by POF Videographer Tom Dozier

Planes of Fame pilot Mark Foster takes the F4U-1A Corsair for a flight "Around the Patch". This flight was taken on Friday May 4th, 2012 before the morning practice session for the Planes of Fame 2012 Air Show.

Don't forget, we are open TODAY through Sunday 10am to 4pm! If you're missing that aviation fix, come on out, bring your...
02/04/2021

Don't forget, we are open TODAY through Sunday 10am to 4pm! If you're missing that aviation fix, come on out, bring your mask, and enjoy a full museum of vintage aircraft and vehicles!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the museum's reopening this past weekend! We had several visitors who were...
02/02/2021

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the museum's reopening this past weekend! We had several visitors who were anxious to come out and dive into history including these future aviators! We are open Thursday through Sunday, 10am-4pm with special 'outdoor experience' discount pricing! So come on out, bring your mask, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of history at the Planes of Fame Air Museum

Photo by Craig Bryant

Get ready to look skyward, the Planes of Fame Airshow returns Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st! More deta...
01/30/2021

Get ready to look skyward, the Planes of Fame Airshow returns Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st! More details will be released in the future, but make sure to set those calendars for this not-to-miss show!
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We are reopening with our 'Outdoor Experience'! Join us starting tomorrow, Saturday, January 30th as we reopen with the ...
01/29/2021

We are reopening with our 'Outdoor Experience'!
Join us starting tomorrow, Saturday, January 30th as we reopen with the end of the Stay At Home orders for SoCal! The Museum will also be open on Sunday, January 31, 2021 and thereafter open all Thursdays thru Sundays. Hours of operation are 10:00am until 4:00pm.

Come visit most of the outdoor areas of our 10 acre museum and view the majority of aircraft from the open large hangar doors. Museum Guides wearing masks and maintaining social distance will tell the stories related to the aircraft! Discount pricing remains in effect ($8.00 per adult, $4.00 for children 5-11, and 4 and under are Free. The Museumโ€™s Gift Shop is also open.

All visitors are required to wear a face covering, maintain social distance of at least six feet from non-household members, and we ask that those not feeling well or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 to stay home.

So grab your mask and come on out to experience the world famous Planes of Fame Air Museum once again!

We loved this Mustang and Thunderbolt lineup from our 2019 Airshow from Larry Wyatt! If you didn't get chosen for this c...
01/28/2021

We loved this Mustang and Thunderbolt lineup from our 2019 Airshow from Larry Wyatt!
If you didn't get chosen for this cover photo contest, no worries, we'll have another one in a few weeks! Thanks again to all who posted photos in the comments.

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The Sabre or Mustang? Two North American famed aircraft in aviation history... you can only pick one! Pictured: Our F-86...
01/24/2021

The Sabre or Mustang? Two North American famed aircraft in aviation history... you can only pick one!

Pictured: Our F-86F Sabre and P-51D Mustang 'Wee Willy II'

We can't wait for our next Airshow!
01/22/2021

We can't wait for our next Airshow!

It's time for a new cover photo! For the second cover photo of 2021, show us your favorite hot ramp 'gaggle' photos from...
01/21/2021

It's time for a new cover photo! For the second cover photo of 2021, show us your favorite hot ramp 'gaggle' photos from our airshows! P-40 Warhawks all lined up, Corsairs, Mustangs, Naval Aircraft, etc... If there's more than one, it's a gaggle! Let's keep these photos earth-bound (like the one pictured). To be considered for the cover photo, you yourself must have taken the photo and it must be from a Planes of Fame Airshow. We can't wait to see what you all have!

01/19/2021
Tom Dozier

See our Duck fly in this video from our 2009 Airshow. It's the first aircraft to launch in this tribute to the Grumman Iron Works shot by our POF Videography team!

The Grumman J2F Duck first flew in 1936 and was used by every brand of the US military through World War 2. The first flight of the Duck was actually the same day the first Duck was delivered to the US Navy with eventual delivery of Ducks including special VIP variants with upgraded plush interiors. Able to land on solid ground or in water with a large central float that contains the landing gear when retracted, the Duck was used for everything from transporting, aerial scouting, sea rescue, photo-reconnaissance, land mapping, anti-submarine patrol, and more. The landing gear on the Duck was hand-cranked up and down much like the Grumman F4F Wildcat. Over 580 were built with the top speed being about 190mph with a crew of two people. The Duck was retired from US service in the late 1940s.

A rare formation of the Grumman aircraft of World War II takes flight at the Planes of Fame 2009 Air Show. This extremely rare flight includes the J2F Duck, F3F Flying Barrel, F4F/FM2 Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat and the TBM Avenger.
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To Bearcat or Not to Bearcat... that is the question!Our newly completed F8F Bearcat from last year, fresh out of restor...
01/16/2021

To Bearcat or Not to Bearcat... that is the question!
Our newly completed F8F Bearcat from last year, fresh out of restoration!

This week marks the sixty-fourth anniversary of the opening of the Planes of Fame Air Museum! On January 12, 1957, in a ...
01/15/2021

This week marks the sixty-fourth anniversary of the opening of the Planes of Fame Air Museum! On January 12, 1957, in a former lumberyard in Claremont, California, 29-year old Ed Maloney opened "The Air Museum" with ten aircraft he had acquired over the previous decade.

Those aircraft, and the hundreds more that Ed would save over the ensuing years, have served to preserve aviation history for visitors to Planes of Fame and dozens of other Museums around the world. Thanks to Ed's vision and his perseverance, new generations are now able to discover and appreciate first-hand the beauty, power, and technological advancements that aviation has made since the Wright Brothers first flight in 1903.

What are your all time favorite memories of Planes of Fame Air Museum over the years?

01/13/2021
Tom Dozier

It's Wednesday! Let's take a look back to 2012 when we had not one, but TWO B-17s at our Airshow and a PB4Y Privateer! Who remembers this show, talk about some heavy metal aircraft!

Thanks to POF Videographer Tom Dozier for the video

Listen as the Heavy Bombers arrive at the Planes of Fame Air Show 2012.

It's Monday again... but we'd rather be doing this instead! If you could hop into the backseat of any warbird, which wou...
01/11/2021

It's Monday again... but we'd rather be doing this instead! If you could hop into the backseat of any warbird, which would you want to fly in?

01/08/2021
Tom Dozier

Heading into the weekend like this F-4 Phantom heads into the wild blue yonder! Here's a great video of a 'modern warbird' from our 2012 Airshow with a QF-4 Phantom II demonstration. Crank up that volume (but not super high, this famed fighter is loud!) and enjoy this Vietnam era aircraft tear up the skies over Chino.
Video by Tom Dozier and Dan Stijovich!

A little Jet noise for Thunder Thursday.
The Planes of Fame Air Show 2012 featured a fly by and demo before the USAF Heritage flight with the venerable McDonnell F-4 Phantom II. I grew up in the Phantom community and spent many a Saturday sitting in the cockpit in the hanger shooting down imaginary bandits.
Everyone should experience a Planes of Fame Airshow in person at least once.
This years airshow is scheduled for April 29th-May1st, 2016.
Footage by Dan Stijovich
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We loved this grayscale image of our P-38 Lightning in her hangar from Mark Muller! Thanks Mark!If you didn't get chosen...
01/06/2021

We loved this grayscale image of our P-38 Lightning in her hangar from Mark Muller! Thanks Mark!
If you didn't get chosen for this cover photo contest, no worries, we'll have another one in a few weeks! Thanks again to all who posted photos in the comments.

@planesoffame
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http://www.planesoffame.org

We're really proud of the F6F-5 Navy Hellcat that Fighter Rebuilders restored! It will be joining the Fagen Fighters WWI...
01/05/2021

We're really proud of the F6F-5 Navy Hellcat that Fighter Rebuilders restored! It will be joining the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum very soon. Here's a first look at the Hellcat when it rolled out of the shop at the museum a few days ago!

Fagen Fighters WWII F6F-5 Navy Hellcat, Death N' Destruction just finished beautiful restoration by Steve Hinton, Jr. of Fighter Rebuilders in Chino, CA. #navywarbirds #wwiiwarbirds #f6fhellcat

With a New Year, it's time for a new cover photo! This time, let's see your favorite Planes of Fame photo you've taken. ...
01/04/2021

With a New Year, it's time for a new cover photo! This time, let's see your favorite Planes of Fame photo you've taken. Aircraft, vehicle, people, etc! Show us what you feel is your all-time favorite shot! To be considered for the cover photo, you yourself must have taken the photo and it must be of something related to Planes of Fame. We can't wait to see what you have for us!

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! Bring on 2021!!
01/01/2021

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! Bring on 2021!!

As 2020 draws to a close, we want to say THANK YOU for all the support through this difficult year. While we haven't bee...
12/31/2020

As 2020 draws to a close, we want to say THANK YOU for all the support through this difficult year. While we haven't been able to host your visit to the museum, we cannot wait to reopen for all of you to come out and enjoy our rich collection of history at the Planes of Fame Air Museum. We miss flying for you, and look forward to the next time you can see, smell, and hear radial engines roaring to life. We'll see you in 2021!

12/30/2020
Tom Dozier

It's warbird Wednesday! Let's take a step inside and outside the cockpit of several warbirds including our B-25 Mitchell, P-40 Warhawk, Yak-3, and P-51 Mustang as we head home from the 2016 Apple Valley Airshow!
Thanks to POF Videographer Tom Dozier

Come along for the ride as a formation of Planes of Fame Air Museum warbirds flies home from the Apple Valley airshow 2016.

It's Mustang Monday! As we close out this 2020 year, let's see your favorite P-51 Mustang photos you've taken in the com...
12/28/2020

It's Mustang Monday! As we close out this 2020 year, let's see your favorite P-51 Mustang photos you've taken in the comments!

Don't forget, the DEADLINE for applications to be submitted for two of the Ed Maloney Scholarships are due Thursday, DEC...
12/26/2020

Don't forget, the DEADLINE for applications to be submitted for two of the Ed Maloney Scholarships are due Thursday, DECEMBER 31st! This includes the Advanced Flight Training Scholarship and the Advanced Technical Training Scholarship.

Ed Maloney Scholarship Program:
The Ed Maloney Scholarship Fund consists of FOUR scholarship programs, named in honor of the founder of the Planes of Fame Air Museum, Ed Maloney.

Advanced Flight Training Scholarship: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/1h007Cg53d7dReBM19lHm
The Planes of Fame Advanced Flight Training Scholarship is open to any US citizen residing in one of the ten counties of Southern California and is to be applied to one training course, certificate, rating, or type rating in aviation to foster advancement in the field. Candidates must possess a current FAA Flight Certificate. The Advanced Flight Training Scholarship has a maximum funding of $1,000.00.

Advanced Technical Training Scholarship: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/2f104R6a3k
The Planes of Fame Advanced Technical Training Scholarship is open to any US citizen residing in one of the ten counties of Southern California and can be used to help fund training courses, certification, or other required qualifications to foster advancement in the technical areas of flight. The Advanced Technical Training Scholarship has a maximum funding of $1,000.00.

Candidates should complete and submit the online application from the links above. More information can be found at https://planesoffame.org/giving-back/college-scholarships

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours! No matter where you are or how you're spending today, we wish you a safe and happiest ...
12/25/2020

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours! No matter where you are or how you're spending today, we wish you a safe and happiest Christmas from all of us at the Planes of Fame Air Museum!

Throwback Thursday! We're throwing it back... waaaaaay back before Planes of Fame existed! Here's a neat look at 'Cal Ae...
12/24/2020

Throwback Thursday! We're throwing it back... waaaaaay back before Planes of Fame existed! Here's a neat look at 'Cal Aero Field' as it was home for thousands of war-weary aircraft just after World War 2. With the snow-capped San Bernardino mountains in the distance, who can name some of the various aircraft in this shot?

It's Warbird Wednesday! Let's jump back a few years ago take a look at a shot of our P-38J Lightning, F4U-1A Corsair, an...
12/23/2020

It's Warbird Wednesday! Let's jump back a few years ago take a look at a shot of our P-38J Lightning, F4U-1A Corsair, and (at the time) our newly repainted A6M5 Zero! What aircraft would you add to this photo to make it even more complete?

Address

14998 Cal Aero Drive
Chino, CA
91710

General information

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 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(909) 597-3722

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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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Back on April 1st 2014 had was fortunate enough to visit the Planes of Fame Museum at Chino. Whilst I've been able to identify 99% of the amazing collection, I am unable to figure out what aircraft this is sitting beside a F7F Tigercat. Any help would be most grateful! Cheers Mark
King City airport Ca, refueling after filming We were Soldiers at Ft Hunter Liggett.
Luke Days Az.
Chris and Steve in a close formation flyby in the MiG-15 and F86F at the 2017 show Can't wait for October to see them again!!
With California's "stay-at-home" order lifted, are there plans yet for re-opening the museum? I'm really missing the living history days...
I found some old pics I took at the 2010 POF Show of Fuddy Duddy and Fw-190
Almost done building an RC model of your P40. Sure could use a few photos and some documentation to scale out the finished project! Can anybody help?
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I have a radio controlled target drone that is all alloy from maybe the 70s or earlier that I'd like to donate to the museum. About 5 foot fuselage and 6 foot wingspan, has bullet hole in it and motor has broken prop otherwise decent shape.
Memories of 1981 Graham
2003 Reno Air Races โ€˜Silver Heat Race 1Bโ€™ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ak8UMmLz6Q Jason