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.
(1918)

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!

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** WIN TICKETS AND MORE TO OUR LIVE EVENT THIS SATURDAY! ** LIKE this post and tag in the comments who you’d go with to ...
06/29/2021

** WIN TICKETS AND MORE TO OUR LIVE EVENT THIS SATURDAY! ** LIKE this post and tag in the comments who you’d go with to see our F4U Corsair fly to be entered to win a free pass for you and a guest for our Live Demo Saturday, July 3rd! Not only will you get A FREE PASS for you and your guest, but 15% off your gift shop purchase, and a souvenir photo! Winners announced Friday!
Join us this Saturday for our next Live Demo featuring the F4U Corsair. Museum doors open at 10am with the presentation beginning at 11:45am and the Corsair flight at 12pm!
#planesoffame #f4ucorsair #history #museum #ww2 #worldwar2 #aviation

** WIN TICKETS AND MORE TO OUR LIVE EVENT THIS SATURDAY! ** LIKE this post and tag in the comments who you’d go with to see our F4U Corsair fly to be entered to win a free pass for you and a guest for our Live Demo Saturday, July 3rd! Not only will you get A FREE PASS for you and your guest, but 15% off your gift shop purchase, and a souvenir photo! Winners announced Friday!
Join us this Saturday for our next Live Demo featuring the F4U Corsair. Museum doors open at 10am with the presentation beginning at 11:45am and the Corsair flight at 12pm!
#planesoffame #f4ucorsair #history #museum #ww2 #worldwar2 #aviation

It's that time again, time for a new cover photo! Yes, the current cover photo features our Corsair, but we want to see ...
06/24/2021

It's that time again, time for a new cover photo! Yes, the current cover photo features our Corsair, but we want to see YOUR photos! Our next Live Demo will be July 3rd featuring the F4U Corsair! In order to be considered for the cover photo, you yourself must have taken the photo and it must be of our Corsair (pictured). Also, please post photos that are larger than 900 pixels on the longest size (it helps since the cover photos are wide!)

It's that time again, time for a new cover photo! Yes, the current cover photo features our Corsair, but we want to see YOUR photos! Our next Live Demo will be July 3rd featuring the F4U Corsair! In order to be considered for the cover photo, you yourself must have taken the photo and it must be of our Corsair (pictured). Also, please post photos that are larger than 900 pixels on the longest size (it helps since the cover photos are wide!)

We're GOING FLYING again! That's right, our July Live Demo event will be July 3rd and featuring the F4U Corsair! Doors w...
06/23/2021

We're GOING FLYING again! That's right, our July Live Demo event will be July 3rd and featuring the F4U Corsair! Doors will open at 10am with a presentation at 11:45 and flight at Noon!

Considered one of the best allied fighters of the Second World War, the Vought F4U Corsair helped turn the tide of the war for the allied forces in the Pacific. Whether flying from carriers for the Navy or from land bases for the Marines, the Corsair established an incredible victory ratio against Japanese aircraft and shipping. This event is your opportunity to see this aircraft up close and learn about its development and success during both World War II and the Korean War.
*NOTE - The Avenger is not flying, typo in the image!

We're GOING FLYING again! That's right, our July Live Demo event will be July 3rd and featuring the F4U Corsair! Doors will open at 10am with a presentation at 11:45 and flight at Noon!

Considered one of the best allied fighters of the Second World War, the Vought F4U Corsair helped turn the tide of the war for the allied forces in the Pacific. Whether flying from carriers for the Navy or from land bases for the Marines, the Corsair established an incredible victory ratio against Japanese aircraft and shipping. This event is your opportunity to see this aircraft up close and learn about its development and success during both World War II and the Korean War.
*NOTE - The Avenger is not flying, typo in the image!

Need a moment today to think of happy thoughts? Think of Corsairs lining the hot ramp early in the morning at our Airsho...
06/22/2021

Need a moment today to think of happy thoughts? Think of Corsairs lining the hot ramp early in the morning at our Airshow! The cool air, the smell of aviation fuel, and the excitement for the day's aerial action! What are some of your favorite memories of our airshow through the years?

Need a moment today to think of happy thoughts? Think of Corsairs lining the hot ramp early in the morning at our Airshow! The cool air, the smell of aviation fuel, and the excitement for the day's aerial action! What are some of your favorite memories of our airshow through the years?

A big Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there! Don't forget, the museum is a great way to spend the day and ALL...
06/20/2021

A big Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there! Don't forget, the museum is a great way to spend the day and ALL fathers get in free! We're open 10am-4pm.

A big Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there! Don't forget, the museum is a great way to spend the day and ALL fathers get in free! We're open 10am-4pm.

Don't have plans for tomorrow? Looking for that perfect gift for your #1 dad? Fathers are admitted FREE to the museum to...
06/20/2021

Don't have plans for tomorrow? Looking for that perfect gift for your #1 dad? Fathers are admitted FREE to the museum tomorrow, June 20th, for Father's Day! We'll be open 10am-4pm!

Don't have plans for tomorrow? Looking for that perfect gift for your #1 dad? Fathers are admitted FREE to the museum tomorrow, June 20th, for Father's Day! We'll be open 10am-4pm!

06/17/2021
P-47 Thunderbolts

Today seems like a good day for THUNDERBOLTS, being that it's Thursday. So how about a great video from our 2014 gathering of P-47 Thunderbolts?
Video by POF Videographer Tom Dozier

*UPDATE - #8 now! Keep voting! *We're currently in 9th out of 19 as best Airshow! We need your help with the USA Today b...
06/16/2021
Vote - Planes of Fame Air Show - Best Air Show Nominee: 2021 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

*UPDATE - #8 now! Keep voting! *
We're currently in 9th out of 19 as best Airshow! We need your help with the USA Today best Airshows contest for 2021! It's free, doesn't require you to sign up, and you just have to click one button (VOTE) when you click on this link: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-air-show-2021/planes-of-fame-air-show-chino-calif/
Help us get to the TOP FIVE! You can vote every day, and it helps get the word out about our incredible airshow, which will be held October 30-31 later this year with a focus on Aviation in the Movies!

Planes of Fame Air Show: Vote for Your Favorite Air Show in North America!

Happy birthday to the United States Army! 246 years of "This We'll Defend". What better to represent the US Army than ou...
06/15/2021

Happy birthday to the United States Army! 246 years of "This We'll Defend". What better to represent the US Army than our mighty M4A1 Sherman Tank! Our Sherman is an early model, built in 1942. Our M4A1 was based in the United States during the war and was used for training. Acquired in the mid-sixties, our Sherman Tank has been used in movies, commercials, reenactments, parades and other public displays.

Happy birthday to the United States Army! 246 years of "This We'll Defend". What better to represent the US Army than our mighty M4A1 Sherman Tank! Our Sherman is an early model, built in 1942. Our M4A1 was based in the United States during the war and was used for training. Acquired in the mid-sixties, our Sherman Tank has been used in movies, commercials, reenactments, parades and other public displays.

Who made it out to the museum today? It was a hot one, but lots of great aircraft, so many historical items, military ve...
06/13/2021

Who made it out to the museum today? It was a hot one, but lots of great aircraft, so many historical items, military vehicles, etc are here waiting for you to come visit! We've closed for today, but we're open 10am-4pm tomorrow! Don't forget, our B-17 Flying Fortress is open for tours on weekends!

Who made it out to the museum today? It was a hot one, but lots of great aircraft, so many historical items, military vehicles, etc are here waiting for you to come visit! We've closed for today, but we're open 10am-4pm tomorrow! Don't forget, our B-17 Flying Fortress is open for tours on weekends!

Have you met our resident 'guard cats'? Many of you have met Tigercat, shown here, during your visits to the museum and ...
06/11/2021

Have you met our resident 'guard cats'? Many of you have met Tigercat, shown here, during your visits to the museum and at events! She may look like a fierce protector of our aviation history, but she's a lovebug at heart and will always take some time to greet our guests with a gentle meow. Let us know in the comments if you have met one of our resident felines!

Have you met our resident 'guard cats'? Many of you have met Tigercat, shown here, during your visits to the museum and at events! She may look like a fierce protector of our aviation history, but she's a lovebug at heart and will always take some time to greet our guests with a gentle meow. Let us know in the comments if you have met one of our resident felines!

It's that time of the year again! Vote for the Planes of Fame Airshow as your FAVORITE airshow! We need all the help we ...
06/11/2021
Vote - Planes of Fame Air Show - Best Air Show Nominee: 2021 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

It's that time of the year again! Vote for the Planes of Fame Airshow as your FAVORITE airshow! We need all the help we can get this year to get us in the top 5! You can vote once per day (it's totally free, no signing up needed!) Vote here: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-air-show-2021/planes-of-fame-air-show-chino-calif/

Planes of Fame Air Show: Vote for Your Favorite Air Show in North America!

06/10/2021
Corsair helmet camera with Rob Patterson

For today's 'Warbird Wednesday, let's get a front-row seat (literally) in the cockpit of our F4U-1A Corsair from 2013 with this helmet cam on our pilot Rob Patterson during a formation flight home!

Thanks to Tom Dozier for the video!

As 'hinted' at the Live Demo event Saturday, our upcoming Airshow on October 30 and 31st will be paying tribute to 'avia...
06/08/2021

As 'hinted' at the Live Demo event Saturday, our upcoming Airshow on October 30 and 31st will be paying tribute to 'aviation in the movies'. Here's a throwback from 2018 with two aircraft that starred in the same movie. Our Aichi D3Y 'Val' and CAF's 'Zero' shown are not actually a 'Val' or 'Zero' but instead, American aircraft converted for what movie?

As 'hinted' at the Live Demo event Saturday, our upcoming Airshow on October 30 and 31st will be paying tribute to 'aviation in the movies'. Here's a throwback from 2018 with two aircraft that starred in the same movie. Our Aichi D3Y 'Val' and CAF's 'Zero' shown are not actually a 'Val' or 'Zero' but instead, American aircraft converted for what movie?

77 years ago today, the tide of war shifted as the allies stormed the beaches of Normandy. We pause today to remember th...
06/06/2021

77 years ago today, the tide of war shifted as the allies stormed the beaches of Normandy. We pause today to remember the sacrifices that day and the days to come as a foothold was created on the beaches and the link-up further inland with the airborne/pathfinders.

Shown here is the 'Les Braves' monument located at the center of Omaha Beach. The monument consists of three elements:
- The wings of Hope: So that the spirit which carried these men on June 6th, 1944 continues to inspire us, reminding us that together it is always possible to changing the future.
- Rise, Freedom! So that the example of those who rose against barbarity, helps us remain standing strong against all forms of inhumanity.
- The Wings of Fraternity: So that this surge of brotherhood always reminds us of our responsibility towards others as well as ourselves. On June 6th, 1944 these men were more than soldiers, they were our brothers.

77 years ago today, the tide of war shifted as the allies stormed the beaches of Normandy. We pause today to remember the sacrifices that day and the days to come as a foothold was created on the beaches and the link-up further inland with the airborne/pathfinders.

Shown here is the 'Les Braves' monument located at the center of Omaha Beach. The monument consists of three elements:
- The wings of Hope: So that the spirit which carried these men on June 6th, 1944 continues to inspire us, reminding us that together it is always possible to changing the future.
- Rise, Freedom! So that the example of those who rose against barbarity, helps us remain standing strong against all forms of inhumanity.
- The Wings of Fraternity: So that this surge of brotherhood always reminds us of our responsibility towards others as well as ourselves. On June 6th, 1944 these men were more than soldiers, they were our brothers.

06/05/2021

Live at the Planes of Fame Air Museum with the presentation and startup of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Great crowd today for our Live Demo featuring the P-38 Lightning! We'll be live at 1145!
06/05/2021

Great crowd today for our Live Demo featuring the P-38 Lightning! We'll be live at 1145!

TOMORROW!Join us for our June Live Demo event featuring the P-38 Lightning! Doors open at 10am with the short presentati...
06/04/2021

TOMORROW!
Join us for our June Live Demo event featuring the P-38 Lightning! Doors open at 10am with the short presentation beginning at 11:45am and the Lightning's twin Allison engines firing to life at noon! Don't forget, our B-17 is also open on the weekends for you to walk through and we have reenactors/military vehicles at the event! So grab your mask and join us tomorrow at Chino Airport!
* CONTEST WINNERS * Please show your ID to the gift shop entrance for you and one guest to be admitted free!
Heather C. Reid +1 Guest
https://www.facebook.com/heather.c.reid.54
Edward Valencia +1 Guest
https://www.facebook.com/josiah.valencia1
Stephanie Mitchell +1 Guest
https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.mitchell.7731

TOMORROW!
Join us for our June Live Demo event featuring the P-38 Lightning! Doors open at 10am with the short presentation beginning at 11:45am and the Lightning's twin Allison engines firing to life at noon! Don't forget, our B-17 is also open on the weekends for you to walk through and we have reenactors/military vehicles at the event! So grab your mask and join us tomorrow at Chino Airport!
* CONTEST WINNERS * Please show your ID to the gift shop entrance for you and one guest to be admitted free!
Heather C. Reid +1 Guest
https://www.facebook.com/heather.c.reid.54
Edward Valencia +1 Guest
https://www.facebook.com/josiah.valencia1
Stephanie Mitchell +1 Guest
https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.mitchell.7731

Last chance to enter our contest for you and a friend to win tickets to THIS Saturday's Live Demo event featuring the P-...
06/03/2021

Last chance to enter our contest for you and a friend to win tickets to THIS Saturday's Live Demo event featuring the P-38 Lightning! Just like and share this post to be entered! Winners will be announced tomorrow! Event starts at 11:45am Saturday

Last chance to enter our contest for you and a friend to win tickets to THIS Saturday's Live Demo event featuring the P-38 Lightning! Just like and share this post to be entered! Winners will be announced tomorrow! Event starts at 11:45am Saturday

Tag who you’d go with to see a P-38 Lightning fly to be entered to win a free pass for you and your guest for our Live D...
06/02/2021

Tag who you’d go with to see a P-38 Lightning fly to be entered to win a free pass for you and your guest for our Live Demo Saturday, June 5th! Winners announced Friday!
Join us this Saturday for our next Live Demo featuring the P-38 Lightning. Museum doors open at 10am with the presentation beginning at 11:45am and the Lightning flight at 12pm!
#planesoffame #p38lightning #history #museum #ww2 #worldwar2 #aviation

Tag who you’d go with to see a P-38 Lightning fly to be entered to win a free pass for you and your guest for our Live Demo Saturday, June 5th! Winners announced Friday!
Join us this Saturday for our next Live Demo featuring the P-38 Lightning. Museum doors open at 10am with the presentation beginning at 11:45am and the Lightning flight at 12pm!
#planesoffame #p38lightning #history #museum #ww2 #worldwar2 #aviation

A Lockheed family photo of our P-38 Lightning and the modern-day F-35 Lightning from a few years ago. Who's excited to s...
06/01/2021

A Lockheed family photo of our P-38 Lightning and the modern-day F-35 Lightning from a few years ago. Who's excited to see the 'grandfather' Lightning fly THIS SATURDAY, June 5, for our Live Demo event? Doors open at 10am with the presentation beginning at 11:45am. Check back tomorrow for another chance to win free tickets to the event!

A Lockheed family photo of our P-38 Lightning and the modern-day F-35 Lightning from a few years ago. Who's excited to see the 'grandfather' Lightning fly THIS SATURDAY, June 5, for our Live Demo event? Doors open at 10am with the presentation beginning at 11:45am. Check back tomorrow for another chance to win free tickets to the event!

Today we remember those that have fought for freedom and given the ultimate sacrifice. They are not forgotten, and we ho...
05/31/2021

Today we remember those that have fought for freedom and given the ultimate sacrifice. They are not forgotten, and we honor the ultimate price they paid in the service of the United States Armed Forces.
#memorialday #honor #RememberThem

Today we remember those that have fought for freedom and given the ultimate sacrifice. They are not forgotten, and we honor the ultimate price they paid in the service of the United States Armed Forces.
#memorialday #honor #RememberThem

05/31/2021

Speaking of Corsairs, you never know what you might see when you come out to the museum! This morning, visiting guests were able to see the departure of our Bearcat and Corsair headed to the Palm Springs Air Museum for their annual Memorial Day Flower Drop! A big thank you to Bruce Davis for sharing his video!

Happy Birthday to the Corsair! Celebrating 81 years today since the first flight in 1940. Here's our F4U-1A Corsair in t...
05/29/2021

Happy Birthday to the Corsair! Celebrating 81 years today since the first flight in 1940. Here's our F4U-1A Corsair in this awesome photo from Rafal Wolinski! Who remembers when we had several Corsairs at our airshow a few years ago?

Happy Birthday to the Corsair! Celebrating 81 years today since the first flight in 1940. Here's our F4U-1A Corsair in this awesome photo from Rafal Wolinski! Who remembers when we had several Corsairs at our airshow a few years ago?

A 'flashback' Friday today, here's a look at our P-38J Lightning in the previous 'Porky II' scheme she wore. Before that...
05/29/2021

A 'flashback' Friday today, here's a look at our P-38J Lightning in the previous 'Porky II' scheme she wore. Before that, she was 'Joltin Jose'! If you have photos of our Lightning from before the current '23 Skidoo' paint scheme, post them in the comments! And don't forget, you can see the Lightning FLY at our Saturday, June 5th Live Demo event! The presentation begins at 11:45am.

A 'flashback' Friday today, here's a look at our P-38J Lightning in the previous 'Porky II' scheme she wore. Before that, she was 'Joltin Jose'! If you have photos of our Lightning from before the current '23 Skidoo' paint scheme, post them in the comments! And don't forget, you can see the Lightning FLY at our Saturday, June 5th Live Demo event! The presentation begins at 11:45am.

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7000 Merrill Ave
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.

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Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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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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From our friends of New Zealand Bring our Birds Home Donate to https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/savetheplane in order to preserve the last kiwi example 747-419 left on the planet.
Here is rare war bird a f4f wildcat how many of these are still flying today ?
Maybe you all already know about it, maybe not, but have you heard of the Bacon Super T-6? It is a one of a kind with tricycle gear, bubble canopy and tip tanks. I saw it at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, Ca about 8 or so years ago right around the time its registration was cancelled. As far as I know it is still there wasting away. I always thought it'd be a great one to save and a nice addition to your museum, or any museum for that matter. But POF always comes to mind. Just throwing this out there!
Took this pic at 2019 EAA show in Oshkosh Wi...the heritage flight
Took this pic at 2019 EAA in Oshkosh Wi..Heritage Flight
For your consideration -
When are you going to open the last hangar?
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