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The Planes of Fame Air Museum collection now numbers close to 160 aircraft.  The majority of these are maintained in pristine condition and are on display throughout the Museum – either at the Chino or Grand Canyon campuses. 

Through the generosity of the many people who donate funds to the museum and the dozens of volunteers who contribute their time to restore and maintain the aircraft, many of these rare warbirds have been restored to flight.

Our collection spans most of the Twentieth Century.  From the replica 1903 Kitty Hawk Flyer built by the Wright Brothers through aircraft of the Great War of 1914-1918, including an actual flying veteran of that war.  We have an ever-expanding assortment of planes from the Golden Age of the 1920s and 1930s, including several that represent the last of their kind.  At the heart of the collection are the warbirds of the Second World War.  These include aircraft from all sides of the battlefield.  We enter the jet age with examples from the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and several important test aircraft of the period.

Throughout the year, many of our flying aircraft depart the Museum to participate in airshows, military base open houses, various public events, or are engaged in the making of film and television productions. This flying activity can be experienced by those who visit and establishes us as a “living museum”. Prior to your visit, we encourage you to check our Aircraft Flight Schedule to check on the travel calendar of a specific aircraft.

The table below allows you to browse the entire collection.  For more information on a particular aircraft, click on Read More link.

 

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Aircraft Type: Test/Experimental
Aircraft Status: Replica
Manufacturer: Wilbur and Orville Wright
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1953
Remarks: Replica built 1950-53 to honor 50th anniversary of Wright Brothers' first flights.

Aircraft Type: Trainer
Aircraft Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Aero Vodochody
Location: Grand Canyon/Valle
Year Built: 1969
Remarks: The 'Delfin' (Dolphin) served in basic, intermediate, and weapons training roles for the Soviet Air Force and other Warsaw Pact nations.

Aircraft Type: Trainer
Aircraft Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Aero Vodochody
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1971
Remarks: This was the standard trainer aircraft for all Warsaw Pact nations during the Cold War.

Aircraft Type: Dive Bomber
Aircraft Status: Restoring to Flight
Manufacturer: Aichi Kokuki KK
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1943
Remarks: When complete, it will be only D3A “Val” flying.

Aircraft Type: Interceptor
Aircraft Status: Replica
Manufacturer: Bachem Werke GmbH
Location: Chino
Year Built: Based on 1945 aircraft
Remarks: First aircraft to make a vertical take-off.

Aircraft Type: General Aviation
Aircraft Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Bede Aircraft Corporation
Location: Grand Canyon/Valle
Year Built: 1986
Remarks: Over 5,000 kits of this aircraft were sold in the 1970s.

Aircraft Type: Transport
Aircraft Status: Unrestored
Manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corporation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1954
Remarks: One of the longest production runs for any aircraft. From 1937 until 1969 over 9,000 were built.

Aircraft Type: Test/Experimental
Aircraft Status: Replica
Manufacturer: Bell Aircraft Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1989
Remarks: Replica built for the premiere episode of TV series 'Quantum Leap.'

Bell YP-59A 'Airacomet'

Aircraft Type: Test/Experimental
Aircraft Status: Restoring to Flight
Manufacturer: Bell Aircraft Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1942
Remarks: When complete, it will be only YP-59A “Airacomet” flying.

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Restoring to Static Display
Manufacturer: Bell Aircraft Company
Location: Storage
Year Built: 1942
Remarks: WWII Combat Veteran

Boeing B-17G 'Flying Fortress'

Aircraft Type: Bomber
Aircraft Status: Restoring to Flight
Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1945
Remarks: The Museum’s aircraft has the distinction of flying the final mission for a B-17 for the USAF.

Aircraft Type: Bomber
Aircraft Status: Unrestored
Manufacturer: Boeing Airplane Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1948
Remarks: Fuselage only; This aircraft, “Lucky Lady II” was the first aircraft to fly nonstop around the world (1949).

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Boeing Airplane Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1925
Remarks: One of only 27 FB-5 variants built.

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Boeing Airplane Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1931
Remarks: Served both the U.S. Army Air Corps (P-12) and U.S. Navy (F4B) from 1929 until 1932.

Boeing P-26A 'Peashooter'

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Boeing Airplane Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1934
Remarks: One of only two remaining P-26 aircraft and the only flying example.

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Replica
Manufacturer: British and Colonial Aeroplane Company
Location: Grand Canyon/Valle
Year Built: 1982
Remarks: Replica built for film 'High Road To China.'

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Replica
Manufacturer: British and Colonial Aeroplane Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1982
Remarks: This replica was built for the film, 'High Road to China.' The Bristol F.2b was one of the most effective two-seat fighters of the Great War.

Canadair CT-33 'Silver Star'

Aircraft Type: Trainer
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Canadair LTD
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1952
Remarks: The Museum’s CT-33 serves as the Pace Plane at the annual National Air Racing Championships in Reno, Nevada.

Aircraft Type: General Aviation
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1961
Remarks: One of the longest production runs for any General Aviation aircraft. This aircraft is used to ferry pilots from airshows and other events.

Aircraft Type: Attack Aircraft
Aircraft Status: Unrestored
Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company
Location: Storage
Year Built: Circa 1970
Remarks: Developed by Cessna from their T-37 'Tweet' Basic Jet Trainer. The A-37s delivered a range of attack armament during the Vietnam War.

Cessna L-19 'Bird Dog'

Aircraft Type: Reconnaissance/Liaison
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1951
Remarks: Designated as O1-A in 1962.

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