Planes of Fame Fly Through Chino

Steve Hinton flying a Vought F4U Corsair. Alexander Demesa/SAConScene

Steve Hinton flying a Vought F4U Corsair. Alexander Demesa/SAConScene

The Planes of Fame Air Museum at the Chino Airport is celebrating its 60th anniversary during its annual Planes of Fame Airshow, May 6 and 7, featuring aerobatic pilots and historic planes from all over the country.

The museum was founded in 1957 by Edward T. Maloney in Claremont as “The Air Museum,” with 10 planes. In the six decades since, the museum has relocated to the Chino Airport, introduced new facilities in Valle, Arizona, and now houses a collection of over 150 planes.

Maloney’s vision for Planes of Fame, however, was not one of only static displays and replicas of old planes. As such, the museum now maintains over 50 flyable aircraft.

Along with the cooperation of military veterans, enthusiasts and visitors from all over the U.S., Planes of Fame has held an annual air show celebrating this collection and others for the past 25 years.  

Celebrating their 60th anniversary, the museum has brought together a lineup of aerobatics and historic plane flights. Steve Hinton, president of Planes of Fame, said that they expect to see from 25 to 35 thousand visitors over the weekend. A pilot himself, Hinton will be participating in the show flying a Vought F4U Corsair, a carrier-based fighter used during World War II.

“Our air show is in the top five in the nation,” Hinton said.

Hinton enthusiastically listed and described the 40 different warbirds and aerobatic acts to come on display.

Kent Pietsch will be flying a Jelly Belly-sponsored Interstate Cadet, a single-engine two-seater from the 1940s, during a comedy act featuring stunts such as a moving landing on a moving platform.  

Rob Harrison, also known as The Tumbling Bear, will be performing in a Zlin 142C – a Czech Republic military trainer.

Greg Colyer of Ace Maker Airshows will be performing in a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, an American jet trainer aircraft first flown in 1948.

Dennis Sanders will be flying the British Hawker Sea Fury, one of the fastest production single piston-engine aircraft ever built.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, first introduced by the U.S. Marines in 2015, will be making its first appearance flying for a non-military air show.

Also featured will be the N-9MB Flying Wing, several military vehicles, static displays of the museum’s collection, a panel discussion with some of the museum’s honored veterans, food stands and more.

Tickets for the show are on sale now at the Planes of Fame official website with general admission starting at $25. Admission is free for children 11 and under. The museum opens to Airshow visitors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the show itself beginning at 11 a.m. on both days.