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  • Where Aviation History Lives!


    Over 50 warbirds were gathered together for the Planes of Fame Air Show at the Chino Airport, California over the weekend of May 6-7, 2017. The Air Show featured spirited flyby routines, simulated air combat scenarios, warbird and jet aerobatic displays, civilian aerobatic acts and, of course, the USAF Heritage Flight!

    As for the weather, the sky was generally overcast on Saturday, the ceiling and visibility were good enough for all of the scheduled flying routines.

    The show opened with a flyby and missing man routine in honor of the late Planes of Fame Air Museum founder Edward T. Maloney who passed away on August 19, 2016. Reflecting the fact that Maloney managed to save and preserve some of the worlds rarest aircraft for posterity, the opening routines featured the museums Northrop N9MB Flying Wing, Boeing P-26A Peashooter, Seversky 2PA/AT-12A Guardsman, Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, Vought F4U-1A Corsair, Lockheed P-38J Lightning and North American P-51A Mustang, followed by a dedicated Northrop N9MB Flying Wing display with David Vopat at the controls.

    Aerobatic ace Rob Harrison then took to the air in his wifes Zlin 140 for his dynamic Tumbling Bear routine before spirited Army Air Corps flybys took center stage with United States, British, Russian and Swiss fighters, trainers, bombers and transport planes. The mornings activities concluded with Kent Pietsch flying a comedy aerobatic display in his vintage Interstate Cadet.

    After a 30-minute intermission, Planes of Fame Airshow 2017 action resumed with a Korean War air combat scenario featuring the North American AT-6 Texan, North American P-51D Mustang, Vought F4U Corsair, Douglas AD-6 Skyraider, North American F-86F Sabre,

    Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star and a Russian MiG-15. Stewart Dawson then took to the air in the Lewis Air Legends Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat for an impressive demonstration of the big twin-engine navy fighters performance capabilities, followed by Philipp Steinbachs stunning

    aerobatic display in his unique Gamebird GB1. Another outstanding warbird aerobatic display then followed with Dennis Sanders in the Sanders Aviation Hawker Sea Fury T. Mk. 20.

    An Air Show highlight was a 5 Corsair flight formation featuring F4U-1, FG-1D, F4U-4 and F4U-7 Corsairs. The Corsairs also stayed aloft to take part in the next routine, a display of navy aircraft that included the Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter, Aichi D3A Val replica, Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat and Grumman/General Motors TBM-3 Avenger, followed with a Corsair flight demonstration by Steve Hinton.

    Kent Pietsch then took his Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet up again on Saturday for a routine in which he landed the plane on a platform attached to a moving pick-up truck, and then took off from the moving truck again.

    Greg Colyer performed his Ace Maker aerobatic display in the Planes of Fame Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star before bombers took center stage in the form of impressive flybys featuring the Planes of Fame and Aero Trader North American B-25J Mitchells and the 4Y-2, LLC Convair

    PB4Y-2 Privateer. By moving the schedule up a bit, it was still possible to get the concluding act, the USAF Heritage Flight, up and completed just as rain finally returned to the Chino Airport.

    Including the warbirds joining the Planes of Fame Collection for the 2017 Airshow, there were no less than nine P-51A /C/D Mustangs, five F4U-1/FG-1D/F4U-4/F4U-7 Corsairs, three P-40E/M/N Kittyhawks/ Warhawks, three C-47/C-53 Skytrains/Skytroopers, two A6M Zero fighters, two SBD Dauntless dive bombers and two Russian Yak-3s.

    Combined with other individual warbird types, the selection was truly impressive and hard to beat anywhere in the world.

    By: Frank B. Mormillo

    Where Aviation History Takes Flight!

    NEWS VOL. 41, NO. 1

    Photo: Britt Dietz Photo: Lisa Plummer

    Photo: Scott Plummer

    In the face of a threatened legal injunction and dire weather predictions, the staff and dedicated Planes of Fame Air Museum volunteers did not skip a beat in their planning and preparation for the Annual Planes of Fame Air Show which was conducted successfully at the Chino Airport, California over the weekend of May 6-7, 2017. While there are still some legal issues to be decided, two Chino Airport tenants who attempted to prevent the air show from taking place this year withdrew their injunction request just a week before Airshow 2017.

    Photo: Frank Mormillo

    Lightning Flight.Warbird noses line one half of the hot ramp at the 2017 Airshow.

    Airshow Crowd on Saturday.

    Steve Hinton taxis out In a Corsair as the Sea Fury flies past.

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    The worlds only flying PB4Y-2 Privateer in action.

    Photo Frank Mormillo

    The 56th Fighter Wing F-35A Lightning II bringing the 2017 Planes of Fame Air Show to a close on

    Sunday afternoon.

    Mustangs Taxi Out For Army Air Corps Segment.

    Ground crew parking the F-35 after arrival on Thursday.

    Among the five Corsairs in action were the Comanche Warbirds Vought F4U-7 Corsair and the

    Lewis Air Legends Vought-Goodyear FG-1D Corsair.


    11th Annual Taste of Flight Gala to Benefit Museum Educational Initiatives.

    Photo Frank Mormillo

    Photo Frank Mormillo

    Photo Scott Plummer

    Photo Scott Plummer

    Save the date and mark your calendars for Saturday, November 18, 2017 to attend the 11th Annual Planes of Fame Air Museum Taste of Flight Gala and Silent Auction. This years event promises to be one of our best ever with a wide selection of delicious food tastings from local restaurants, wonderful wines and beers from top wineries and breweries, a great selection of auction items, and entertainment with the evening culminating in the presentation of the esteemed Achievement in Aviation award.

    In addition to sampling the many culinary delights, guests participate in our extensive Silent Auction. Filled with aviation art, autographed memorabilia, fabulous gift baskets, access to local amusements, an incredible selection of one-of-a-kind delights and more, the auction is both fun and exciting as guests outbid one another for these keepsake items. And, with the holidays just a few weeks after the event, this years auction is a great chance to pick up some exceptional gift items.

    Taste of Flight serves as an important fundraising event for the Museums many outreach efforts. Monies raised will be used to help grow and expand our Aviation Discovery Program, which is offered to school-aged children throughout San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles counties. The Aviation Discovery Program provides aviation-themed education modules that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) topics.

    Within a 25-mile radius of the Museum are over one million school-aged children. Whether they are taught in our public schools, charter schools,

    private schools, or home-schooled, these young people can benefit from the aviation-themed topics we present in our Aviation Discovery Program. Most of the content that we provide hands-on instruction in aerodynamics and flight principles, a glimpse into the history of aviation, and a look at the career opportunities of the industry are not subjects they typically encounter in the classroom. And these subjects have merit.

    The General Accounting Office of the Federal government has estimated that within the next ten years, the U.S. based airline industry is likely to face a shortage of qualified pilots, technicians, and other support personnel. This is due to a number of factors retirements of personnel currently in these positions, fewer trained military personnel, increasing compliance requirements, and a severe drop in the number of people entering general aviation. Worldwide, this problem is even more startling where predictions of an annual, global shortage of more than 20,000 pilots and trained technicians could strike the air transport industry by the year 2030.

    The goal of the Museums Aviation Discovery Program is to inspire young people to learn more about aviation. Our hope is that we can ignite a spark in each child to influence their educational journey in a way that could align itself with a career in aviation. The funds generated at Taste of Flight will help us expand our offerings with new and improved education modules, assist schools in their visits to the Museum, and purchase necessary supplies to ensure a meaningful experience for each child.

    By: Brian Finnegan

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    The highlight of every Taste of Flight Gala and Auction is the presentation of the Planes of Fame Achievement in Aviation Award. This award is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to aviation over time, either in the form of innovations, knowledge, or methods to improve the industry. Within aviation circles, the award is considered to be one of the more prestigious honors bestowed. Past recipients include Colonel Bud Anderson, Clay Lacy, astronaut Bill Anders, and WWII hero Louis Zamperini among others.

    This year, the award will be presented to two individuals. Famed aerobatic pilot and aviation ambassador Sean D. Tucker, and a posthumous presentation to Robert Bob Hoover, famed Air Force Test pilot and air show performer.

    As one of the foremost aerobatic masters, Sean D. Tucker has entertained and thrilled millio