At the Chino airport in Southern California there are two airplane museums: One – the Yanks Air Museum; secondly, the Planes of Fame museum.
Planes of Fame – Air Museum
Planes of Fame Museum
I just visited the Planes of Fame museum in early April 2016 they have a huge set of amazing planes that are still in flying condition. It is set up in six hangar, and a couple outdoor exhibitions. Also, most of these planes are flown in yearly air shows.
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World War II Planes:
Allied Planes:The museum has a ton of World War II airplanes including the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, as well as the three US Air Force Fighter Planes: the North American P-51A Mustang, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, and the Republic P-47G Thunderbolt.
Axis Planes: The museum also has planes from Nazi Germany, including the Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet, the Heinkel He-162 and the He-100. They also have several planes from Imperial Japan such as the Mitsubishi Zero.
— Walking through the Museum —
1. B-17 Bomber Display: It is on display next to the entrance of the museum entrance. It is in flying condition! Furthermore, during the weekends it is open to view the inside and many times they have veterans you can talk to.
2. Edward T. Maloney and Pond Hangar: Both hangars have flyable planes parked on display. In this area you have the airplanes from the United States of America from World War I, World War II, Vietnam and beyond. In this hangar are the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt.
3. The USS Enterprise CV-6 Hangar: This is a recreation of the USS Enterprise
aircraft carrier flight deck including
several of the planes that would have been on it. Furthermore, they also have artifacts from people who worked and lived on the carrier.
4. Outside Displays: The outside display is full of non-repaired and non-restored airplanes. It includes tanks, medical vehicles, helicopters and airplanes.
5. P-38 Lightning & 475th Display: They have a single hangar to display the P-38 Lightning plane and the 475th Fighter Group, displaying a lot of artifacts and personal stories from the veterans themselves.
6. Jet Hangar & Air Racers Display: This hangar displays dozens of jet engine planes some of which are in the photo slideshow below.
7. Foreign Hangar: The foreign hangar was one of the more interesting hangars for me to see. It had planes from WWI and WWII, including planes as a replica of the Red Baron’s, a V-1 Rocket, as well as other Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan planes. Photos are below.
The Skyraider – A Vietnam Plane
The Outdoor Display area
Air Shows: The museum is known for its are shows, so if you are planning a visit check their website. They will have all their future shows advertised.
The museum is definitely worth visiting! You do need to be careful though, because the planes are very close together and you need to be careful as you walk through them.