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1st of February, 2020

WHAT: Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day on February 1, 2020, featuring the Vought F4U-1A Corsair. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts and historians is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The Vought F4U-1A Corsair will be on display and perform a flight demonstration (subject to change). At 12:00 noon, the Raffle Flight will occur. Become a member to enter the Raffle. All members are eligible to enter the Raffle, but you must be present to win.
Click on image to see the Vought F4U-1A Corsair in action:

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10am–12 noon: Speaker program & flight demonstration. Museum doors open at 9:00am.

: Planes of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA 91710-9085

The Museum is open to the Public, General Admission is $15; for children 11 yrs and under, admission is $6; ages 4 and under are FREE! (excludes special events). FREE Living History Flying Day Admission for Planes of Fame Members! Click here to become a Member!

Click here to get a coupon for $2.00 off one adult admission for this event!


Chris Fahey, USAF Captain (Ret.), served in the Air Force from 1983-1995 as an F-16 instructor.  He also served as a Forward Air Controller from 1989-90, assigned to the 101st Airborne. Chris is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, serving from August 1990-April 1991.  Since 1997, Chris has flown for Delta Airlines, at present a Boeing 767 Captain for that carrier.  He has been a volunteer for Planes of Fame Air Museum since 1976, piloting many of the Museum's aircraft. Chris will provide a detailed overview of the F4U Corsair: its development, service history, and the history of Planes of Fame's F4U-1A Corsair.



Major John Tashjian, USMC (Ret.) F4U fighter pilot and author Michele Spry are scheduled to attend this event. What a treat this will be!! Lt. Col. Ferrill A. Purdy and his wing man, Major John Tashjian flew Planes of Fame Air Museum's own Vought F4U-1A Corsair (17799) in combat in the South Pacific during World War II. In the 53 years that Planes of Fame Air Museum has owned this plane, they were never able to connect it to a veteran until June 15, 2016 when Michele Spry' s research for her book "A Trip to Remember" discovered and communicated this exciting news to the Museum. These two Marine fighter pilots were both reunited with their airplane back in 2016. Note the images of both pilots and Major Tashjian's flight log book from WWII!  Please mark your calendars to attend this incredible event of a WWII pilot and his airplane!



Grand Opening of the Working Together: Aircraft Production in Southern California 1938–1945 Exhibit

In the years leading up to and during the Second World War, it became evident just how crucial the airplane would be in modern warfare.  

In the halls of government, it was about numbers – out produce your enemy.  On the battlefield, it was about air supremacy – whoever controlled the skies dictated the terms of the conflict.

This is the story of how the Southern California aircraft industry, through collaboration with government, cooperation within industry, and by working together as individuals, produced more aircraft in a short span of time than ever dreamed possible.

These efforts played an important part for the United States and her allies to defeat the axis powers and achieve victory in World War II.

This exhibit was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit




Kevin Thompson
(POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) moderates the event and adds to presentations.

: It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and airshows in fulfillment of this mission.

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