No More Trouble at Planes of Fame Air Show

A long list of warbirds will be seen flying over the Chino Airport on May 4 and 5. Planes of Fame/YouTube

After a few years of harassment by local Chino airport tenants, the legal troubles for Planes of Fame have been resolved. The annual show will proceed this weekend, May 5 and 6, and a representative from Planes of Fame said all parties that were a part of the lawsuit are now participating in the Planes of Fame Airshow.

The living history museum has a great show on tap for this weekend with a long list of stunning warbirds including four P-38s, four P-40s, two P-47s and an A-10 Thunderbolt II. The two most competitive Unlimited-class air racers from the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada - Strega and Voodoo, both highly modified P-51 Mustangs - will also fly. And if you’ve never seen the N9MB Flying Wing, the only such airplane in the world, you don’t want to miss its unique look and sound as it passes by show center.

In addition to all of the terrific airplanes on display on the ground and in the air, more than 20 veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War will attend, including Doolittle Raider Dick Cole, Tuskegee Airman Bob Friend and Air Force pilot Heather “Lucky” Penny who was one of two pilots ordered to fly their F-16 fighters into United flight 83 before it reached Washington, D.C. That extreme solution was reached on 9/11 because the airplanes were not equipped with ammunition, but the airliner crashed after a passenger intervened.

The event is free to kids aged 11 and younger. General admission is $25 per day. Tickets can be purchased online.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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