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Due to current events, the Hangar Dance has been canceled.  Please join us for the VintageFest this September.


Dear Dancers,

After careful consideration of the events concerning the COVID-19 virus and out of an abundance of caution, Planes of Fame Air Museum leadership has announced we will be canceling the Hangar Dance & WWII Warbird Party scheduled March 21. Our official statement can be viewed here.

We have been and will continue to issue ticket refunds.  Please email us at with your information. Please allow 24 hours for us to respond to your request, and 5 - 7 business days to process your refund.

We would also like to encourage you to attend our VintageFest on September 26, 2020, which will feature Tim Gill All-Stars Big Band and The Satin Dollz. Tickets go on sale on July 15. For more information on this event and to sign up to receive discounts and up to date information visit VintageFest webpage.

We are heartbroken by this news, but concern for the safety and well-being of you, your guests, friends, and family had to remain our first priority. We sincerely hope that you understand and that you will continue to support our future events.

Keep on dancing...even if its 6 feet apart!!

Kristen and Liz




Saturday, March 21, 2020

At Plane of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA

Step back to the 1940s, when music was the heartbeat of a nation at war. It was a time of America's Greatest Generation, and the music of Miller, Dorsey, and Goodman filled the air. Dress in your best 1940's attire or uniform or just come as you are. The Planes of Fame Hangar Dance and WWII Party lets you jive to the swingin' sounds of the Big Band era in a hangar surrounded by rare and authentic WWII aircraft.

To get a sample of the great time had by all last year at  the Hangar Dance 2019, view this:

It's a great night for a worthy cause. Get up close and personal with historic aviation and take a step back in time!

  • Live Big Band Orchestra
  • Live musical performances
  • WWII Aircraft & Military Vehicles
  • Free Souvenir Photos by Warbird & Pin-up Photographer Britt Dietz
  • Swing Dance-off Contest
  • 1940s Costume Contest
  • Wooden Dance Floor
  • Overflow Dance Floor

7 p.m. - Midnight | Cash Bar | Planes of Fame Air Museum | 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA 91710 | FREE Parking

 Planes of Fame Hangar Dance Facebook



February 1 - March 13, 2020 (and at the door if available)

Single $50
Couple: $95

Online ticket sales end Friday, March 13, 2020, or upon sell out.
We cannot guarantee that we will have tickets available at the door.

Reserved Table Seating



If there are cancellations, you can be added to the wait list to purchase reserved table seating by contacting Liz Esparza at 909-597-3722, ext 120 or by email at Only “reserved seating” has been sold out. This does not apply to regular seating, which is included in your regular admission, so buy your admission tickets while they last.




The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander

The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance big band.  The 14-piece Jonathan Stout Orchestra captures the unmatched excitement and true rhythmic pulse of the Swing-era and is the most danceable big band anywhere. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie – orchestras that were aggressive and tight and filled with all-star soloists that bring the fire on every song, regardless of tempo.

The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance big band.  The 14-piece JSO captures the unmatched excitement and true rhythmic pulse of the Swing-era and is the most danceable big band anywhere. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie – orchestras that were aggressive and tight and filled with all-star soloists that bring the fire on every song, regardless of tempo.

The Orchestra was founded in 2003 after promoters demanded a full big band that was as danceable and exciting as the Campus Five. Jonathan and Hilary responded with a big band that was designed from the outset to be the ultimate swing dance orchestra and has gone on to become the gold-standard in the swing dance world. 


The Orchestra has been featured at Swing dance events across the country: (partial list)

  • Lindy Focus (Asheville, NC)
  • Camp Hollywood / National Jitterbug Championships (Los Angeles)
  • The International Lindy Hop Championships (Washington, D)
  • Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center in 2005, 2011, and 2015. (NYC)
  • All Balboa Weekend (Cleveland)
  • Beantown Swing Camp (Boston)
  • Seattle Lindy Extravaganza
  • Austin Lindy Exchange
  • Rhythmic Arts Festival (San Diego)
  • Festival and municipal events have included: Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival, Culver City Music Festival, Downtown Anaheim Summer Music Festival.

Living that Vintage Life,

featuring the sounds of the Jonathan Stout Orchestra! Dancing courtesy of Kendall & Ronnie Roderick, Melissa Shahin & Jeremy Otth. Aircraft & location courtesy of Planes of Fame Air Museum.

Hilary Alexander

Photo by Lisa Johnson

Hilary Alexander is the co-bandleader and vocalist for all of the bands in the Campus Five family. Hilary was raised as the daughter of Jazz pianist and a Brazilian samba dancer. She attended NewYork City’s Professional Children’s School, along with many child stars. Growing up, she was surrounded by the sounds of jazz vocalists Anita O’Day, Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Mae Morse, and Blossom Dearie. She brings an authentic smooth style in the spirit of her favorite vocalists. She has been a featured guest vocalist with the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra and Mora’s Modern Rhythmists.

As a dancer, Hilary was among the group of Los Angeles-area dancers that rediscovered Dean Collins-style Lindy Hop and Balboa in the late 1990s. Growing out of her love of Swing dance, Hilary founded Camp Hollywood in 1998, and it has grown into one of the world’s premier Swing dance events, drawing over 1,000 dancers, including dancers from five continents and 30 countries. Camp Hollywood is celebrating its 19th year.

As a DJ, Hilary has spun at Lindy Groove, Camp Jitterbug, and Rusty’s Rhythm Club, as well as carefully handpicking only the best recorded competition music for all of the contests at Camp Hollywood.


The Satin Dollz

From all corners of the United State, the lovely Satin Dollz were brought together on one stage in 2005 to deliver top-notch entertainment reminiscent of the WWII USO Camp Shows. These pin-up darlings,  satin-dolls-2a stunning ensemble of singing, tap dancing, and downright charming ladies have delighted audiences young and old, stateside and overseas, with their blended vocal harmonies, high energy tap dancing, sparkling charisma and stunning beauty wrapped up in a retro bow.

Originally formed in Hollywood, California, The Satin Dollz recently expanded their “pin up army” in 2016 across the pond, in both London and Paris, embarking on tours throughout the UK and the rest of Europe. This international family of over 60 vintage talent powerhouses can be seen currently on the sold-out “Party Like Gatsby” tour spanning 16 countries throughout Europe and North America in 2018-19, as well as on the “Big Beat Revue” UK tour with The Jive Aces in 22 theaters kicking off in the West End’s Aldwych Theater in London. 

The Satin Dollz frequently sing on BBC Radio to its 20 million listeners and always enjoy entertaining veterans in the US as well as overseas.  Jazz residencies have included Los Angeles' famous Cicada Club with Dean Mora's Swing Orchestra, the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, and at the Jazz Cave in St. Julien's Bay on the island of Malta. Other notable appearances have included Battle of the Big Bands California Tour sharing the stage with 30 big band musicians, at the famed Swing 46 in New York with the George Gee 17 pc Orchestra, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Royal Chelsea Flower Show and as return headliners for the ever-popular bi-annual 1940s Ball in Denver, CO with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and for Los Angeles' annual Fleet Week.



Don't know how to swing dance?  Don't worry - we have dance lessons to teach you how!  PAULDANCES, owned by Paul Riding, will be providing dance lessons this year at the Planes of Fame Hangar Dance & Warbird Party. PAULDANCES brings a wealth of performing, competitive, and instructional experience to swing dancing. They are deeply interested in growing the dance community and will help you start or polish your swing dancing at our hangar dance to enhance your experience and fun!

In addition to Paul Riding, our second dance instructor is Josiah Keagy who is known for the energy he brings to the dance floor. He emphasizes connection, creativity, musicality, and plain goofiness when he dances. He loves to dance with people of all levels and is constantly trying to spread his love for dancing. He frequently teaches at local venues in the inland empire and beyond at venues such as LindyGroove.






The Aero Bar will be open for guests 21 & Older to purchase handcrafted cocktails, beer, wine, and wine. Guests must show ID and receive special 21 & older wristbands to purchase drinks at the Aero Bar. Cash, debit cards, and credit cards accepted.








With more than 30 years serving Mexican food in the Zendejas restaurants and specializing in street tacos, using only the freshest ingredients, Zendejas Mobile Taco Man provides the very best of dining experiences. Planes of Fame Hangar Dance & WWII Warbird Party is excited to have his delicious food for this year's event.  Cash, debit cards, and credit cards accepted.






Planes of Fame Hangar Dance & WWII Warbird Party is happy to welcome back the delicious (and patriotic) baked goods from Charly's Cakes! These delectable and fun desserts will be available for purchase so make sure you stop by the dessert table and get one. Among the selection will be cupcakes, cheesecake bites, cake pops, rice crispy treats, and chocolate covered pretzels. Cash, debit cards, and credit cards accepted.









Coffee Anyone?  Java on the Go will be on sight selling delicious coffee drinks. Java on the Go is a “mobile” full-service gourmet coffee house, serving the Orange County Area since 2007. The skilled and friendly baristas will be serving coffee at the Planes of Fame Hangar Dance & WWII Warbird Party. Beverages include coffee, espresso, lattes, caramel macchiato, hot chocolate, and blended drinks. Cash, debit cards, and credit cards accepted.





Remember the evening with a photo!

Pinup Photographer Britt Dietz will be on-site taking complimentary souvenir photos for guests of the Hangar Dance & WWII Warbird Party! These downloadable images will be available for you on his website and from there, you can share or print out.


2020 Planes of Fame Hangar Dance & WWII Warbird Party Tee








  • Exclusive to Planes of Fame & featuring the beautiful artwork of Britt Dietz
  • 0 oz., pre-shrunk 100% cotton
  • Double-needle stitched neckline, bottom hem and sleeves
  • Quarter-turned
  • 7/8” seamless collar
  • Taped neck and shoulders
  • Imported
  • Planes of Fame Logo on left chest
  • Full color graphic on back
  • Sizes: S–3XL
  • Brand: Gildan Ultra Cotton

TO BUY, click here or the t-shirt image



2020 Hangar Dance Poster. 

Perfect memento of the occasion.  Click the poster image to purchase!











  • Do I have to wear 1940's style clothes to enter?

No. There is no requirement that you dress up, but during the dance, we will be holding a "Best Costume" contest


  • Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Regrettably, our event cannot accommodate children under the age of 12. Guests over the age of 12 and under 18 must ​​be accompanied by an adult. ​We will be issuing wristbands to guests 21 and older who show a valid ID. Alcohol may not be purchased or consumed by anyone not wearing a wristband. This policy will be strictly enforced.


  • Will there be food or drinks available for purchase?

Yes! We will have food, desserts, cash bar, bottled water, gourmet coffee cart, and soft drinks available for purchase at this event. All proceeds are directly donated to the Museum for our programs. Food and beverage options will be updated and publicized on our Facebook page and website.


  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions about the event or seating?

Please send questions to Kristen at or call 909-597-4754 and ask for Kristen or Liz. If you have seating questions or would like to purchase a table (limited availability) contact Liz at


  • Do you offer reserved seating?

Seating near the main dance floor is limited, and we will have only about ten tables available for reserved seating. We recognize that last year there were problems with the crowd blocking table views and have measures in place to prevent that for this year. We appreciated all the feedback from attendees. RESERVED TABLE SEATING IS SOLD OUT. If there are cancellations, you can be added to the wait list to purchase reserved table seating by contacting Liz Esparza at 909-597-3722, ext 120 or by email at Only “reserved seating” has been sold out. This does not apply to regular seating, which is included in your regular admission, so buy your admission tickets while they last.


  • What's the refund policy?

No refunds or exchanges. All sales are final. Thank you for your contribution to the Planes of Fame Air Museum., a 501(c)3 corporation.


  • Is there parking at the event?

We offer free parking at the event. We have limited handicapped spaces available. We suggest you arrive early for the best parking. Planes of Fame Air Museum is located on the corner of Merrill Ave and Cal Aero Drive on the main driveway into Chino Airport.


  • Will tickets be available at the door?

Yes, if we have space available. This event has sold out the past two years in a row. Ticket prices after March 1, 2019, will be $40 for single tickets and $75 for couples. We have limited space and once they are gone, they are gone!


  • Ticket Questions or Issues with Purchasing Tickets: 

Please call Liz at 909-927-5300 or email  For information on reserved tables, please see the next FAQ.  


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In 2017, we decided to create the "face" of the Hangar Dance & WWII Warbird Party. We wanted an image that would signify the girl next door, a by-gone era, and yet portray the pin-up art that was such an integral part of WWII aviation. We found all of that in the artwork of Britt Dietz. Britt's pin-up art is the foundation upon which our brand was created. We chose two girls, out of the many models that Britt has used, to exemplify all the qualities that we were looking for: Alisha (2017, 2018, 2019) and Kayla (NYE Party & 2020). It is with Britt's magic, time, and talents that the final image is blended with one of the Planes of Fame aircraft to create the finished product. We are truly grateful to Britt for his dedication to preserving history, and for his endless contributions to The Hangar Dance & WWII Warbird Party.









Britt Dietz is an internationally published pinup photographer whose work has appeared in magazines, on t-shirts, jackets, metal signs, and posters. Britt’s pinup style includes 1940s and 50s military, holiday, WW2 propaganda posters, advertisements, pulp art, and recreations of vintage pinup artwork. Britt’s style is heavily influenced by the works of famed artists George Petty, Bill Randall and Gil Elvgren, however, Britt’s style is entirely his own. He mixes studio photography with
photo manipulation and digital art to create unique works unlike any other artist.

Already a successful aviation photographer, Britt began shooting pinups unintentionally when he was hired by a large toy manufacturer to shoot pinup models to appear as original nose art on their ww2 toy airplanes. Britt’s love of pinups extended beyond the aviation nose art and he continued to hone his craft for the last 15 years.
Each pinup begins with a model photographed in a studio along with carefully sourced vintage clothing and props. The model is digitally removed from the background and inserted into a custom background, which is achieved by using an extensive photo library of vintage locations, vehicles, and props taken over the years. A 100+ step process converts the composite photo into one that looks straight out of the 1940s or 50s and can up to four hours to complete.

Britt’s work can be viewed on Instagram at @vintagepinups, or on Facebook at


Click the following video to see how the process is done:








Almost 30 years ago, Planes of Fame used to host Swing Dance events. Orchestra leader Mac McReynolds and his big band would play music from the 1940s and people from all over would come out to "cow country" Chino Airport to dance. These dances went on for several years until slowly, the tradition stopped. We never forgot how those beautiful sounds filled the hangar and how much fun it was to step back in time to remember the 1940s style dancing.

In 2014, a group of dedicated Planes of Fame volunteers in our Military Vehicle “Motorpool” (who just so happened to Swing Dance) decided to awaken the tradition of this special night of music and dance. With the help of volunteers, reenactors, friends, and family the 1940s dance began to grow again. It was simply called "Hangar Dance" and with the help of the Motorpool and their friends, new generations filled the dance floor.

Slowly, the event began to grow and in 2017 we incorporated the name "Planes of Fame Hangar Dance & WWII Warbird Party" and included recognizable branded artwork from the talented Britt Dietz. No longer just a little hangar dance, the event combines some of the best musicians, performers, and dancers in a place where time stopped in the 1940s. Surrounded by authentic WWII aircraft and military vehicles in our hangar, dancers are taken back to a bygone era.


Although it has grown in size, the dance strives to honor and preserve the heritage upon which it was founded.

Planes of Fame Air Museum is a 501(c)(3) Aviation Museum that has been around for over 60 years. Our "claim to fame" is our aircraft, but it is our community, volunteers and supporters (and dancers) that make us special. We are proud to help carry on the traditions of past generations and to preserve the history of our country.







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