Planes of Fame Airshow Home
story and photography by Curtis Fowles
The Air Museum, Planes of Fame Airshow 2005 is upon us. Warbirds from all over
California and some from Arizona, maybe a few from Nevada will decend upon the
often hazy skies around Chino, Ca. The show is on for two (2) days, the 21st
and 22nd of May, 2005 and the gates are open at 8am.
Mustangs, Thunderbolts, Warhawks, Lightnings, Corsairs, Hellcats, Bearcats,
Mitchells, Tigercats, Spitfires, Wildcats, Skyraiders, Huricane and even a
Flying Fortress, a Dauntless and a Zero too(2)! Plenty of warbirds for
you piston engined freaks.
This year the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was showcased and the rumors were true,
there were five (5) airworthy P-47s in attendance at the show (very nice). In
the photos on this page you can see Steve Hinton at the controls of the Museum's
P-47 over southwest Chino. Steve is a masterful pilot and flies all of the
Museum's warbirds. The photo pilots for the shoot were Dave Foster in the
C-210 and Bob Lewis in the C-182. Both flew steady and smooth for us
photogs at the preview. The jets at the show included an F-86, a Mig-15,
the A-10 Warthog and the F-18 Super Hornet.
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Don't miss the National Anthem and the Missing Man Formation with four (4) P-47s
which starts at 11:20. Here's a quick run down of some of the events:
- Rob Harrison - aerobatics
- Stearman Wing Walking Act - Hartly Folstad and Margi Stivers
- N9M Flying Wing Demo by Ron Hackworth
- Victory over Japan - Navy warbirds - (2) A6M Zeros and US Fighters
- F-86 and Mig 15 Dog Fight
- Tailhook Legacy Flight F-18 and F8F Bearcat
- P-47 Thunderbolt Formations - 5 P-47s
- USAF A-10 Demo
- USAF Heritage Flight with A-10, P-51 and P-47
- Victory of Europe - warbird flights
- Doolittle Raiders B-25s
- Air Power Formation Flight - Huge gaggle of warbirds
If that's not enough, there was a large static display and of course good food
to enjoy and vendors to browse. Warm California sun with blue skies is what
was ordered for but they delivered a scorching hot weekend with temps near 100
degrees. But, we did have clear skies.
On a weaker note, you have to park in a plowed cow pasture! So if it's not so
dusty and stinky that you can't stand it anymore, then you are in mud from the
water trucks trying to control the dust. It is also
quite a walk to and from the show line from the parking area. They do provide
shuttles, but be ready to wait a while except during mid day.
Be ready for hot weather. It is May in Southern California. You might get a
perfect 70 degreee day, or like this year, you might get a scorcher. It was
100 degrees, or more, and you have to drink plenty of water, wear a hat and
sunscreen and take a few breaks in the shade of a big wing if you want to
last all day.