The very first permanent air museum in the American West, Planes of Fame was founded by Edward T. Maloney in Claremont, California in January of 1957. The Air Museum Planes of Fame is the oldest and largest privately held Air Museum in The United States. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2007 and we continue to add aircraft to the collection. It is my honor to call Ed Maloney my friend. (He lets me fly in his airplanes too). It is also an honor to be accepted as a part of the Planes of Fame "family". The Planes of Fame Air Museum has approximately 150 aircraft and a number of the only flying aircraft type examples in the world. We currently operate approximately 40 flyable warbirds. The Air Museum Planes of Fame is currently located in Chino, California with a satellite facility in Valle, Arizona. While the journey from 10 original aircraft to over 150 has been a long one, the mission has never changed. Planes of Fame Air Museum remains dedicated to collecting, restoring, preserving and displaying aircraft and memorabilia for the educational benefit of current and future generations. And although the Museum spans the history of manned flight from the Chanute Hang Glider of 1896 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.
The USAF F-15E Strike Eagle performs a flight demonstration followed by a heritage flight with 2 P-38 Lightnings at the 2011 Planes of Fame Air Show.
Howard Pardue performs in his XF8F-1 Bearcat at the 2011 Planes of Fame Air Show. Howard Pardue was lost on April 4th, 2012 when his Bearcat crashed after take off from his home base in Texas.
Howard Pardue Gone West April 4th, 2012
A few minutes of reflection at sunrise. The Planes of Fame F4U Corsair greets a new day on the flight line at the 2011 Thermal Air Show. Remember those who flew these machines in combat, remember their sacrifice and courage. Remember that they sacrificed themselves so we could enjoy the things we now take for granted, like the simple pleasure of a sunrise over a free nation. Added: 01/22/2012
The worlds only remaining flying Boeing P-26A Pea Shooter returns to the skies over Southern California for the Planes of Fame monthly flying history event for January, 2012. The very rare flight of this unique aircraft is captured (with some difficulty) in flight from the top of the tail. Added: 01/22/2012
Enjoy a scenic flight home with us in the Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless Dive Bomber. After a great weekend at the Thermal Air Show, Planes of Fame's SBD flys home to Chino. Added:12/26/2011
The December 2011 monthly living history event at Planes of Fame air Museum featured our Mitsubishi A6M-5 "Zero". Take a ride with us as the worlds only flying all original, Mitsubishi A6M-5 "Zero" takes to the sky to demonstrate the aircraft in flight
Ride along with a front seat view from the nose of the Planes of Fame's B-25 Mitchell bomber. After a fantastic day of flying at the 2011 Apple Valley Air Show, "Photo Fanny" returns to its home base at Chino, California. Planes of Fame Air Museum
To all our volunteers, we say thank you for all your great work! Planes of Fame Air Museum is operated almost entirely by a "family" of volunteers. We have decided to produce a series of short videos to give recognition and appreciation to our volunteers. In this video, one of our Planes of Fame volunteers and pilots, Tom Nightingale, expresses his views on why we volunteer. Added: 09/15/2011
To all our volunteers, we say thank you for all your great work! Planes of Fame Air Museum is operated almost entirely by a "family" of volunteers. We have decided to produce a series of short videos to give recognition and appreciation to our volunteers. In this video, one of our Planes of Fame volunteers and pilots, Ron Hackworth, expresses his views on why we volunteer. Added: 09/15/2011
This FW-190 A8/N new build by Flug Werk of Germany was the focus for January's living history flying event held at the Planes of Fame Air Museum located in Chino, CA. These events are held the first Saturday of each month for museum members and the public to learn more about the museum's outstanding collection of historical aircraft. Added: 01/16/2011
The Northrop N9M Flying Wing. This aircraft is the actual great-grandfather of the modern day B-2 Spirit Flying Wing Heavy Bomber. Added: 09/20/2010 By: Warbirds on the Net
The Northrop N9M Flying Wing returned to the skies of Southern California on the 15th of May, 2010 at the annual Planes of Fame Air Show. The wing is piloted by Ron Hackworth of Planes of Fame. Added: 05/21/2010 By: Flybynightvideos.com
Aerobatics by the Horsemen at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2009. This year was a salute to Grumman Aircraft and these 3 F8F Bearcats were part of the performances. The Horsemen are pesented by ASB.com. Added: 05/24/2009 By: Flybynightvideos.com
Steve Hinton puts a Grumman F7F Tigercat through its paces at the Planes of Fame Chino Airshow 2009. This is probably the best aerobatics performance in an F7F Tigercat you will ever see. Added: 05/24/2009 By: Flybynightvideos.com
The traditional U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight at the Planes of Fame airshow 2009. This years flight featured a U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog, 2 P-51 Mustangs and a P-38 Lightning. The 3 war birds were provided by The Air Museum Planes of Fame. Added: 05/19/2009 By: Flybynightvideos.com
The USAF heritage flight at the Air Museum Planes of Fame Airshow 2008. Added: 5/23/2008 By Flybynightvideos.com
A B-17 Flying Fortress and 2 B-25 Mitchell Bombers fly formations at the Air Museum Planes of Fame Airshow 2008. This version has the original engine soundtrack. Added: 5/23/2008 By Flybynightvideos.com
A tribute to the F4-U Corsair performed at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2008. This years theme was, "Wings of the Silver Screen" This is a tribute to the TV series called, "Baa Baa Black Sheep" Added: 5/23/2008 By Flybynightvideos.com
The Air Museum Planes of Fame 2007 Airshow at Chino, California. The Planes of Fame airshows present the rarest and unique flying examples of warbirds to be found anywhere. By Flybynightvideos.com
The Air Museum Planes of Fame 2007 Airshow at Chino, California. The Planes of Fame Airshows present rarest and unique flying examples of warbirds to be found anywhere. Music by: Van Halen By: Flybynightvideos.com
The US Air Force F-15 Eagle Flight Demonstration Team performance at the Planes of Fame 2007 Airshow. This video has the original engine sounds. Visit The Planes of Fame Museum and Airshows and experience it for yourself. By: Flybynightvideos.com
At the time I made this video, these were the last 3 flying P-38 Lightning's. This was their flight together at the Air Museum Planes of Fame in Chino, California in 2007. Music by Lee Greenwood. By: Flybynightvideos.com
At the time I made this video, these were the last 3 flying P-38 Lightning's. This was their flight together at the Air Museum Planes of Fame in Chino, California in 2007. Visit The Planes of Fame Museum and Airshows to experience it for yourself. By: Flybynightvideos.com
A flight I took in the Planes of Fame Air Museum's SNJ (AT-6) Texan in 1995. The pilot is Mark Foster. Added: 05/19/2009 By Flybynightvideos.com
The TV promotional commercial for the 2007 Air Museum Planes of Fame Airshow at Cino, California.
This was taken at the 2006 Planes of Fame Airshow in Chino, California. The razorback Thunderbolt is a P-47G built by Curtis and owned by the Planes of Fame Museum. The bubble-canopy Thunderbolt is Bill Klaer's P-47D that is based at Rialto, California.
A video of the 2007 Air Museum Planes of Fame airshow.
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