History in Flight
Rare warbirds star in a California airshow.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, May 11, 2010
Frank Mormillo/ Planes of Fame Air Museum
With more than 100 historic aircraft, the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, exhibits one of the most significant collections of airplanes in the country. This weekend the exhibits will come to life as the museum stages its annual airshow. Nearly 30 “planes of fame,” as well as aircraft from neighbors and nearby museums, will fly on May 15 and 16 in what one Air & Space writer once called “the world’s most spectacular aerial display of rare warbirds from all generations.” How rare? The museum owns the only original, airworthy Japanese Zero fighter and one of the few Russian-built MiG-15s flying anywhere. The MiG (above right) will perform with the museum’s North American F-86 Sabre in a tribute to the veterans of the Korean War, the conflict that pitted the two aircraft against each other.
The museum owns a second MiG-15 and two MiG-17s, so that, according to founder Ed Maloney, if another museum needs a pair of MiGs and has aircraft to trade, the Planes of Fame Museum may be interested. “We also have a MiG-21F, but it won’t fly this weekend,” says Maloney. “It’s too fast for our airport.”
Click through the gallery at right to see more aircraft that will be flying this weekend.