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Air Show 2017 Recap


Planes of Fame Air Museum was proud to present Planes of Fame Airshow 2017, May 6 & May 7. This year’s airshow featured over 40 historic aircraft performing for your enjoyment and saluting our veterans. We thank you for coming to the airshow to celebrate the history, contributions, and sacrifices of our veterans. Planes of Fame Air Museum is also celebrating its 60th Anniversary!

Performers included: F-35 Lightning II Heritage Flight, B-25 Mitchell, F4U Corsair (5 of them!), P-51 Mustang, Pacific, European, Korean & Vietnam flight displays, Sanders Sea Fury Aerobatics, Rob Harrison the Tumbling Bear, Gregory Colyer T-33 Aerobatics, Jelly Belly Airplane, N9MB Flying Wing demonstration, military vehicles, Kids Zone!, static displays, food & vendors, and more! In addition to many other fantastic airplanes that performed and were on static display, there was a special panel discussion with some of our honored veterans. It was a resounding success!

See Air Show 2017 on the Planes of Fame Museum Air Show Facebook page:

to our air show sponsors, pilots and crews, the County of San Bernardino, volunteers, vendors; and all the other groups and individuals too numerous to list who made the show a resounding success.

Thanks to our honored veterans and guests who spoke and attended. They were as follows: Ed"Doc" Pepping-101st Airborne, 506th PIR, Easy Company, one of the Original Band of Brothers depicted in the HBO Mini Series; Vince Speranza-101st Airborne, 506th PIR, Battle of the Bulge; Stephen Nassar-Author and survivor of the Holocaust, imprisoned in Auschwitz; David Hayward–B-25 Pilot, Flew 53 combat missions in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations; Fred Dungan-F6F Pilot, Fought in South Pacific in 'Great Marianas Turkey Shoot'; Wilbur Richardson-B-17 Ball Turret Gunner, Flew 30 missions over Europe. We thank our veterans for their service to the country and for sharing their experiences with us so that we might better appreciate the sacrifices our veterans have made and are still making for our nation.

And a special thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make sure the show came off without a hitch. Your efforts helped make the show safe, successful, and best of all fun for our guests.

Just wait and see what we have planned for next year! Be sure to mark your calendars for PLANES OF FAME AIRSHOW 2018.

Until then, thank you for your continued year-round support of our efforts to keep ‘em flying!