Message from the President, Steve Hinton
As President of Planes of Fame Air Museum, I am proud to uphold our mission to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. In fulfilling our mission and gathering and telling the stories of our veterans, we help our children and grandchildren understand the sacrifices made for our freedom.
Every day at Planes of Fame Air Museum, you can experience history - both the reliving of it and the making of it. When one of our planes flies, for most it is a rare and wonderful thing to witness. Planes of Fame Air Museum has maintained a fleet of flyable historic aircraft for over 60 years! The Museum has operated these types of aircraft longer than the Army Air Corps or Air Force did. Planes of Fame Air Museum truly is where aviation history lives.
Our founder, Ed Maloney, collected the aircraft when no one else thought it was important. Thanks to his foresight, over 200 WWII aircraft survived the scrap heap, and are on display here or at other museums around the world. Today we maintain and restore the aircraft with the help of our dedicated volunteers. Our pilots volunteer their time to take the aircraft to air shows so that people everywhere get the chance to hear the Merlin or Pratt and Whitney engines roar.
Our Education Programs team gives tours to school children and other groups, telling the tales of our veterans to honor their service. Volunteers help out in the gift shop, clean the aircraft, and run our programs like the annual Air Show and monthly Living History Flying Day events. Volunteers also use S.T.E.A.M concepts to explain aviation principles in our Aviation Discovery Center.
All of these activities are the result of contributions from individual donors and corporate partners. Without their generous financial support, we could not fulfill our mission.
Planes of Fame Air Museum is proud to share the rich and varied history of aviation with our guests. We invite you to visit us. Come see our efforts at preserving these important aircraft, learn from the lessons of history, celebrate our veterans, and leave our Museum inspired.