WHAT: Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day on June 1, 2019, featuring the Republic P-47G Thunderbolt. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The Republic P-47G Thunderbolt 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.
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WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10am–12 noon: Speaker program & flight demonstration. Museum doors open at 9:00am.
WHERE: 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!
Ed Lopez flew with the 387th Fighter Squadron, as a replacement pilot after D-Day. A Los Angeles native, Ed not only flew as a Hell Hawk, but -- during the 3rd Armored Division’s advance on Duren and Cologne, Germany -- also spent two weeks riding in a Sherman tank, directing Thunderbolts by radio to hit enemy tanks and guns. The nose art on his P-47 read ‘Polly’ and ‘Sweet and Lovely’. In late March 1945, Lopez flew with seven other P-47s to attack German troops at the Paderborn panzer school. Ed was hit by fire from a four-barreled 20mm anti-aircraft gun on a halftrack. After shattering his canopy and sending Plexiglas shards into his face, one round creased his scalp. Lopez wiped blood from his eyes to focus through his gun sight and made another pass to obliterate the gun and crew. On April 3, 1945, Lopez was one of eight Hell Hawk pilots who dropped 500lb bombs on about a dozen German tanks aiming to ambush a convoy near Bodefeld. The P-47s destroyed or disabled three of the tanks, breaking up the surprise attack.
Historian Charlie Issacs will provide a presentation with an overview of the D-Day Invasion of June 6th 1944.
Kevin Thompson (POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) will moderate the event and provide an in depth presentation on the P-47 Thunderbolt.
WHY: 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.
Planes of Fame Air Museum, ‘Where Aviation History Takes Flight’