Planes of Fame Military Aircraft on Display

Originals, replicas & models fill hangars.

Plane-logoMy engineer husband is fascinated with and knowledgeable about aircraft and spacecraft, so when we travel, we visit any nearby museums specializing in those technologies. Long on his bucket list was the  Planes of Fame Museum that documents a big chunk aviation history, aims to inspire interest in aviation, educate the public about aerial warfare and honors aviation pioneers and veterans.  It is dedicated to the preservation, perpetuation and exhibition of historical aircraft and to the men and women who devoted their lives to flight, especially military aviation.

The collection in largely World War II era airplanes, some restored to flying condition and stars of the museum’s annual air show each May. I’m not captivated by the technology, but I am interested in the history represented there.

Dusting a vintage airplane with a long-handled mop and Pledge.
Dusting a vintage airplane with a long-handled mop and Pledge.
This World War II warplane was retrieved from a South Pacific island, where it once was used for target practice. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has bought the wreck and is having it taken to Seattle for restoration. The ultimate fixer-upper.
This World War II warplane was retrieved from a South Pacific island, where it once was used for target practice. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has bought the wreck and is having it taken to Seattle for restoration. The ultimate fixer-upper.

Here are some miscellaneous photos I took at the museum and don’t have the knowledge to caption, so just enjoy them::

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Restoration lab.
Restoration lab.

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The museum is located at the north side of Chino Airport.  Planes of Chino Airport. Fame Air Museum, 7000 Merrill Ave., #17, Chino, CA 91710; 909-597-3722.

 

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