Planes of Fame Air Museum, Chino

#93 of 845 in Museums in California
While the journey from 10 original aircraft to over 150 has been a long one, our mission has never changed. 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. And although the Museum spans the history of manned flight from the Chanute Hang Glider of 1896 to the Space Age of Apollo, many more chapters remain to be written and many more stories told before the vision of a young Ed Maloney is finally fulfilled. Come see us!
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  • I was able to see the air show 2019 on May 4th. There was an air show on the 5th, but I had to go back home on the 6th, so I could only see it for one day. I rented a car in Ontario and there was a traffic jam from the front to Chino, but it was just right for driving while eating breakfast. I had purchased a paid parking ticket, so I was able to park in a place relatively close to the entrance. There was a distance from the entrance to the venue, so I took a trailer that was circumferential. Before the opening, I was able to go quite close to the aircraft. It gets cold in the morning and evening, but it's hot during the day. Various programs are advanced at a good tempo, so I can't take my eyes off them. I visited only the museum the day before, but it is best that the airplane is flying after all! The picture is zero warfare in the hangar.
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  • Loved this museum. I was blown away by all the rare Ww2 aircraft they have here. Allied, German, Japanese. The captured experimental aircraft was the crown in my opinion. They had lots of jet aircraft...  more »
  • We love planes and this was the Perfect Place to see...Sorry we missed the Air Show...Numerous planes, a Working airplane maintenance and restoration area; See Real People do Real work to make these babies Fly again. Almost every era of Flying is represented and a Vast number of models of Airplanes were displayed, too. Be a contributor to the restoration of the B-24 and take pride in helping keep history alive. A great little gift shop for plane lovers, also. Go to the library and read about your favorite planes. TALK to the people you meet there; they Know airplanes.
  • Some amazing and rare planes here for the aviation enthusiast. A good chunk are kept in flying condition, however some of the planes looked more like scrap than museum-pieces. The staff were knowledgeable, which is good because the signage was sometimes missing. If there's a particular plane you'd like to see, definitely check the website to make sure it's not flying somewhere. What this museum does great is have flying midcentury fighters and a diverse collection of aircraft. What it does decently is allow visitors do be up close and personal with the aircraft. What it could do better is be a little more fulfilling as a museum as opposed to a stranger's hangar.
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