Chino “Planes of Fame” Air Show, May 14-15 2011

This year the Chino "Planes of Fame" Air Museum really out did themselves at the 2011 air show event, held in celebration of the 100th year of the United States Navy. They had over seventy vintage airplanes displayed over the weekend of May 14 – 15 and they flew over forty of them!

I have been going to Air Shows for my entire life and to this date, I have never seen so many World War II era Prop Fighters as I saw at this event. Some of the aircraft that flew at this year's event were: the Focke Wulf Flugzeugbau FW 190A, the Republic P-47G "razorback" Thunderbolt, 2 Lockheed P-38L Lightnings, the Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon, 2 Curtiss P-40 Warhawks, the Yakovlev Yak-3U, the Avione Cariova SAS Yak-3U, the Grumman F3F Flying Barrel, the Grumman J2F-6 Duck, 3 Grumman F8F Bearcats, 2 Grumman F6F Hellcats, 2 Grumman F7F Tigercats, 4 Grumman TBM Avengers, the Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, 3 Vought F4U Corsairs, a Douglas A-1E Skyraider, a Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless, a Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk, the Bell P-63A King Cobra, a North American B-25J Mitchell, 6 North American P-51D Mustangs, a North American F-86F Sabre, 2 McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagles, a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG, a Canadair T-33A Silver Star, the Northrop N9MB Flying Wing, a Fairey Firefly AS-6, and – last but not least a REAL Mitsubishi A6M5 "Zero" that still has it's original motor! I know I am forgetting a few planes that flew but they had over 40 planes flying that day so it is pretty hard to remember them all. I was a little disapointed the Supermarine Spitfire that was in the flying list didn't show up because it is one of my favorite planes. All in all, it was a killer day! The weather was a little overcast in the morning but the temperature was very nice for a mid-May event.

Aircraft on static display were a C-17A Globemaster from March ARB, Ryan FR-1 Fireball, Ryan ST3KR, Nanchang CJ-6A, 2 North American AT-6 Texan, North American T-28A Trojan, Grumman F9F-5P Panther, Boeing P-26 Peashooter, Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer from Casa Grande Az, Navy F-18F Super Hornet from VFA-122, the B-17 "Fuddy Duddy" from Lyons Air Museum, and a plethera of other restored and original aircraft. 

At future events, it would be really nice to see shorter lines at the concession stands to avoid folks having to wait an hour for a cheeseburger and cold fries 🙂 Ultimately, though, I had a wonderful day and really appreciate all the hard work these guys put in to organizing and putting on this event!

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