Planes of Fame Airshow

For a post about a really great event, this is going to be kinda boring. Almost 2 weeks ago, Kevin Lahey and I flew over to Chino for the Planes of Fame Air Museum‘s annual airshow.

If I haven’t said it before, the collection of WWII aircraft at Planes of Fame is really phenomenal, and you can get right up close and personal with them. They have several one-of-a-kind aircraft and many, many rarities. Many are flyable, and on the first saturday of each month they have a special event and fly something cool.

As wonderful as all that is, it really pales before their airshow. Now, I haven’t been to an airshow in a long time. I love to fly, but I just don’t get to a lot of them. This was huge fun. There were tactical displays from the Navy and Air Force flying modern jet fighters and a few aerobatic and wing walking displays, which were all fine. For me, the really impressive stuff was the incredible array of WWII (and even WWI) aircraft that they put in the air. Most, if not all, of them from the Planes of Fame collection.

At one point they had probably 25 flying classic warbirds in flight simultaneously, including 2 B-25s and a B-17. There was also a Spitfire and a P-38. And I know for a fact that wasn’t the whole collection. They didn’t fly the Zero in that formation (though it flew in the show), nor the Northrop Flying Wing.

Of course, I took no pictures. Because, well, I wouldn’t have been able to capture things very well at all. If I get a chance, I’m going to try to get my brilliant photographer buddy Tom Beecher out to one of these.

If you like old airplanes at all, you should check it out.

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