CHINO, Calif. & SANTA MARIA, Calif -- Planes of Fame Air Museum today announces its participation in the "Central Coast AirFest" to be held October 15 & 16, 2022 at the Santa Maria Airport. The museum plans to bring over a dozen aircraft to the event and perform several acts during the two-day AirFest. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated in support of the Planes of Fame Air Museum.
The event is a great opportunity for museum aircraft to "stretch their wings," some of which, such as the museum's B-25 "Mitchell" bomber, haven't flown in over two years due to pandemic-related event cancellations.
"We couldn't be happier to be bringing our aircraft to the Central Coast AirFest for 2022," said Steve Hinton, president of Planes of Fame. "It makes a lot of sense considering our interest in the area."
The museum has already been exploring the possibility of expanding its operations to the Santa Maria Airport. During these discussions, the invitation was made to participate in the Central Coast AirFest, not just as a performer, but also as part of the operational team and as a beneficiary of the event.
Planes of Fame Air Museum will not be hosting its popular annual airshow at Chino Airport in 2022 due to airport-adjacent road closures and construction. The museum’s participation in the Central Coast AirFest provides an alternative for people wishing to see a large number of museum aircraft fly at a fun event.
"We are thrilled to have the Planes of Fame join us for the 2022 AirFest," said Chris Kunkle, AirFest director. "We are excited to work with the museum, the AirFest council, our volunteers, and the Santa Maria Airport to put on a fantastic show."
The Central Coast AirFest is an annual airshow event drawing more than 15,000 spectators. The 2022 show has an exciting line-up of aircraft, headlined by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Additional confirmed performances include the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demo Team & Heritage Flight, U.S. Navy VFA 122 F/A-18 Super Hornet Demo Team & Legacy Flight, and the Red Bull Air Force. Information about the full list of performers, tickets, VIP events, and more will be shared in the future.
To support the Planes of Fame Air Museum flight operations in preparation for the Central Coast AirFest, sponsorship packages are available at a number of levels. For example, any donation of $75 or more will receive a ticket to the AirFest and an event T-shirt. For sponsorship and donation information, visit: www.planesoffame.org/events/airfest22. For updates related to the Planes of Fame Santa Maria Expansion Project, visit: www.pofsantamaria.org.
The Planes of Fame Air Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of aviation history. Located at the Chino Airport in Chino, California, the museum features nearly 150 historic and rare aircraft on display. Among these are forty aircraft that have been restored to flight. These flying aircraft participate in airshows, film and television work, and at flying demonstrations conducted at the museum. The museum is open to the public Wednesdays thru Sundays.