2009 Museums: Planes of Fame, Chino, CA

KCNO - N33-58-29  W117-38-11

The Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino, CA is one of the most impressive museum I had the chance to visit.  Its collection contains rare artifacts I had not seen anywhere else yet and then, many of their planes are kept in flying condition !  Their annual air show is a good testament of this philosophy.  Here are my many pictures taken there during my too short visit.  Enjoy this virtual tour of this fine museum !

The Edward T. Maloney Hangar:

Boeing P-26A Peashooter
  Side view
  Nose Art
North American F-86F Sabre "Luke"
  Nose Art
Boeing P-12E
  Side view

Seversky 2PA/AT-12 Guardsman
  Nose view
  3/4 rear view
  Nose art
Hanriot HD-1 Scout
  Nose art
Wright 1903 Flyer

The Pond Hangar (flyables):

Republic P-47G Thunderbolt
  Side view
Culver PQ-14/TDC-2
Piper L4-H
Stearman PT-17 Kaydet
Yakovlev Yak-18
  Rear view
Convair L-13A Grasshopper
Stearman PT-17 Kaydet (from the Pearl Harbor movie)
Ryan FR-1 Fireball
  Rear view
Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star
  Side view
Bell P-39N Aircobra "Little Sir Echo"
  Nose art
  Belly tank
North American P-51D Mustang "Spam Can"
  Side view
  Nose art
North American P-51D Mustang "Wee Willy II"
  Side view

Stinson L5-G Sentinel "Intensive Care"
  Nose art
North American SNJ-4 Texan
Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket
Lockheed T-33A

The USS Enterprise CV-6 Hangar:

GM BM-3 Avenger (Grumman TBF)
Vought F4U-1A Corsair
Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat
  Rear view
Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
  Side view
Grumman F4-F Wildcat
  Nose art

Grumman F9F-5P Panther
  Rear view
Douglas A-4B Skyhawk

The Friedkin Restauration Hangar (flyables):

Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat
  Nose view
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat "Big Bossman"
  Engine nacelle
  Nose art
Northrop N9MB Flying Wing
Bell P-59A Airacomet

"Fighting 2" single seater (type ???)
Grumman F3F-2
  Side view
  Nose art
North American Navion L-17 Super B
Grumman J2F-6 Duck
  Rear view
Hispano HA-1112-MIL / Me-109G


The Tarmac Displays:

Antonov AN-2
  Side view
North American B-25J Mitchell "Photo Fanny"
  Side view
  Nose view
  Nose art
Douglas C-47
Hiller UH-12
MiG 15-bis Fagot
North American F-100D Super Sabre
F-100D with the MiG-15
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
Aichi D3A2 VAL
  Side view
  3/4 rear view


Righter Rebuilders Shop:

Here's a the wing of a North American A-36A Apache under restoration.  This model was the dive bomber version of the P-51 fabricated for the US Army.

Here's a P-51 under restoration.  Don't know which ship this is though.  Again, help would be appreciated:

Engine compartment
Wing root and left landing gear
Engine compartment, viewed from ground level


The Outside Storage Area:


Douglas A4-E Skyhawk
Boeing B-50A Superfortress "Lucky Lady II"
  Nose art
Bell X-2
Vought F8U-1 Crusader
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
North American F-86E Sabre
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
North American FJ-3 Fury
Lockheed L-18 Lodestar
Lockheed C-60 Lodestar
  Panoramic view
CallAir A-4
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

Sabre & MiG fuselages
F+W C-3605 Schlepp
North American T-2A Buckeye
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat
Beech UC-45 Expeditor

P-38 Lightning & 375th FG Displays:

Lockheed P-38J Lightning "23 Ski-Doo"
  Rear view
  Nose art
Lockheed P-38L "Miss Fluff'n Lace" Cockpit Display
  Nose art

The Jet Hangar & Air Racers:

North American F-86E Sabre
  Nose view
  Nose art
North American F-86F Sabre

MiG-15-bis Fagot
MiG-17 Fresco
MiG-21R Fishbed
deHavilland Vampire Mk.IV
Gloster Meteor Mk.IV
Macchi M-39 Schneider Cup Winner
PZL Mielec TS-11 Iskra Spark
Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket

Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star
Lockheed T-33A "Airshowbuzz.com"
Howard DGA-5 IKE #39 "Miss Chevrolet"
Gee Bee R-1 Racer  "7 S.A.R.A. 11"
  Nose art
Curtiss R3C-2
Miles & Atwood Special Racer #1

Deperdussen 1913 Racer
Formula One Racer "Cosmic Wind"
Formula One Racer "Shoestring"
Rider R-4 Racer "Firecracker" #70
Rider R-6 Racer "8-Ball" #18

The Foreign Hangar (Static & Flyables):

Curtiss P-40N Warhawk
  Side view
  Nose view
Laister-Kauffman TG-4A/LK-10 Glider
Gannet Mk.I
  Tail view
Fieseler FI156 Storch
  Tail view

North American P-51A Mustang "Mrs Virginia"
  Side view
  Nose view
Heinkel He-162A-1 Volksjäger "Nervenklau"
  Tail view
  Nose art

Gerhard Fieseler-Werke FZG-76 / V-1 "Loom"
Messerschmitt ME163 Komet "Wieein Floh Aber Oho!"
  Nose view
  Nose art

Bristol F2b Brisfit
Horten Ho-IV Flying Wing Glider
  Nose view
Sopwith Pup
Fokker DR-1
  Cockpit view
  Tail view
Heinkel He-100
Bachem Ba349 Natter
Mitsubishi G4M1 ISHIKIRIKKO (Betty)
  Nose view
Yokosuka MXY7 OHKA
Mitsubishi J2M3 RAIDEN
Mitsubishi A6M5 REISEN (Zeke)
Mitsubishi J8M1 Shusui


Restoration of the B-17G Picadilly Lilly:

Boeing B-17G "Picadilly Lilly"
  Tail view w/out the rudder
  Waist gunners position
  Belly turret from inside
  Belly turret with hatch open
Cockpit view through bomb bay
Top turret looking aft
Cockpit through side window
Tail gunner position

The Museum's Engine Collection:  The museum's collection is quite extensive and varied !  Here are my pictures:

Piston engines:

Allison V-1710
Argus AS-10
Continental R-670
Curtiss D-12
6-in line upright engine (help needed for this one)
Small 2 cyl. flat engine (help needed for this one too)
Franklin O-200
Liberty V-12
Packard V-1650 V-12
Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp
Pratt & Whitney Wasp Jr.
Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Twin-Wasp
Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major

Ranger straight 6 ???
Ranger 200 Straight 6
Rolls-Royce Merlin V-12
Wright J-5
Wright R-1820 Cyclone

Jet Engines:

Allison J33-A-35 Turbojet
BMW 003-EI Axial Flow Turbojet
GE J-31 - First US Jet Engine
GE-J47 Turbojet
GE J-79-3 Axial Flow Turbojet
Klimov VK-1 Jet engine
Lockheed L-1000 Axial Flow Turbojet
Walters 109-500 A1 Jet pod
Westinghouse 19B Turbojet

Rocket Engines:

Unknown type (help !)
Walters 109-509 A
W. Schmidding 105-513