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Where Warbirds Fly and Aviation History Lives!

The Planes of Fame Air Museum collection now numbers over 160 aircraft with more than 35 in flyable condition.  The majority of these are maintained in pristine condition and are on display throughout the Museum. 

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 World War II.  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 specific aircraft.

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Stinson L-5G 'Sentinel'

Aircraft Type: Reconnaissance/Liaison
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Stinson Aircraft Company
Location: Storage
Year Built: 1945
Remarks: Used by all branches of U.S. military and RAF during WWII.

Lockheed P-38J 'Lightning'

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1944
Remarks: Museum’s aircraft served with the 483 Air Base Squadron in Santa Maria, California during WWII.

North American AT-6D/SNJ-5 'Texan'

Aircraft Type: Trainer
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1944
Remarks: Advanced trainer of the U.S. Army Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Royal Air Force during WWII. These aircraft continued to serve other nations until the 1970s.

Republic P-47G 'Thunderbolt'

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1944
Remarks: Same as Republic built P-47D-10, this aircraft served as an instructional aircraft during WWII.

North American P-51D 'Mustang'

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1945
Remarks: This P-51D performed all of its military service after WWII. It has the distinction of being the longest privately held P-51 under the same owner.

North American P-51D 'Mustang'

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1944
Remarks: Served with several Air National Guard units after WWII. Converted into successful Air Racer. Rebuilt after crash to current configuration.

North American L-17A 'Navion'

Aircraft Type: Reconnaissance/Liaison
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1947
Remarks: Designed as a four-seat general aviation aircraft after WWII. Navions would also serve with the USAF, US Army, and Air National Guard performing reconnaissance and liaison duties during the 1950s and 1960s.

North American B-25J 'Mitchell'

Aircraft Type: Bomber
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1945
Remarks: Twin-engine, medium bomber from WWII. Named in honor of Major General William 'Billy' Mitchell, the B-25 served in all theaters of WWII.

Piper L-4H 'Grasshopper'

Aircraft Type: Reconnaissance/Liaison
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corporation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1943
Remarks: Military variant of Piper J3C-65 Cub used for WWII reconnaissance work.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis 'Fagot'

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1951
Remarks: Served with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (China) during the Korean War.

Douglas AD-4N 'Skyraider'

Aircraft Type: Attack Aircraft
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Company
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1950
Remarks: Arrived too late for WWII, but Skyraiders served in Korea and Vietnam wars.

Vultee BT-15 (Movie Conversion Aichi D3Y 'Val')

Aircraft Type: Dive Bomber
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Vultee Aviation
Location: Storage
Year Built: 1942
Remarks: Converted to Aichi D3Y 'Val' for 1970 film 'Tora!, Tora!, Tora!'

North American T-28B 'Trojan'

Aircraft Type: Trainer
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Location: Storage
Year Built: 1954
Remarks: Piston-engine primary trainer used by US Air Force and US Navy/Marine Corps from 1950 until the 1980s.

Pilatus P2-06 'G-Bone'

Aircraft Type: Trainer
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Pilatus Aircraft
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1946
Remarks: This was a post-war trainer for Swiss Air Force.

Yakovlev Yak-3U

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: A.S. Yakovlev Design Bureau
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1956
Remarks: Converted in 1955 from Yak-11 Trainer by Aircraft Industries a.s. (LET n.p.).

Cessna 182D 'Skylane'

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.

Seversky 2PA/AT-12 'Guardsman'

Aircraft Type: Dive Bomber
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: Seversky Aviation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1940
Remarks: Developed as a two-seat fighter-bomber with long range capabilities. The U.S. Army Air Corps appropriated 50 and designated them as advanced trainers.

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.

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.

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.

North American F-86F 'Sabre'

Aircraft Type: Fighter
Aircraft Status: Flying Aircraft
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Location: Chino
Year Built: 1953
Remarks: Initially based at Nellis Air Force Base, this aircraft was sold to Argentina Air Force where it served for 26 years.

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