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Planes of Fame Museum (The Air Museum)
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Founder Edward T. Maloney
The Air Museum - Planes of Fame
7000 Merrill Ave # 17
Chino, CA 91710
Tel: 1-909-597-3722

Located at Chino Airfield (Cal-Aero Field). The Air Museum - Planes of Fame Museum is the oldest private warbird museum west of the Mississippi River, founded by Edward Maloney in January 1957.

American Aircraft Collection
Click For EnlargementPlanes of Fame Museum contains an enormous collection of WWII and historic aircraft. Plus, many static displays in several large hangers, and an active restoration hanger. Each year, they host a larger air show in early May, and many of their aircraft tour the American air show circuit.

The museum also has a second facility, Planes of Fame Grand Canyon Facility. Its on-site restoration facility, Steve Hinton's Fighter Rebuilders is located at the museum, and allows visitors to see the restoration process. In 2009, the 475th Fighter Group Musuem was relocated to the museum.

P-39N Airacobra 42-19027

P-38J Lightning 44-23314

P-47G Thunderbolt 42-25254

SBD-5 Dauntless 28536

F4U-1A Corsair 17799

B-25J-25-NC "Photo Fanny" 44-30423

F-4F Wildcat

P-40N-5-BE Warhawk

F6F-5 Hellcat

 

Special Exhibits
Several special or temporary exhibits are at the museum.

B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2446 (aka "Swamp Ghost")
Fuselage displayed as of December 8, 2010

 

Japanese Collection
Click For EnlargementThe museum's Japanese collection is one of the best in a private museum. Include are a number of rare & unique aircraft, including their A6M5 5357, the only original Zero flying in the world, with original engine. Also, displays include a 'Nate' propeller, Toka Ru II rocket engine (from J8M1 Shusui), Long Lance torpedo replica and a variety of other artifacts.

A6M5 Model 52 Zero Manufacture Number 5357 Tail 61-120
Captured on Saipan, restored by Edward Maloney, only flying original Zero in the world

J2M3 Raiden Jack Manufacture Number 3014 Tail ED-1158
Installed at a Los Angeles playground. Purchased by Edward Maloney, static display

J8M1 Shusui Manufacture Number 403
Purchased by Edward Maloney, static display

G4M1 Betty Manufacture Number 1280
Recovered from Babo Airfield in 1991, displayed at the museum as a crash site

D3A2 Val Manufacture Number 3178
Recovered from Ballale Airfield by Robert Diemert in 1968, acquired in 1991 re-restoration

A6M3 Zero (Wing Structure)
Recovered from Babo Airfield, discarded during restoration in Russia

Yokosuka D4Y1 Judy
Displayed at Grand Canyon circa 2000s, moved to Chino for restoration

Last Updated
January 3, 2014

 

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