Yanks Air Museum

by | Jul 21, 2017 | California | 0 comments

Museum collection overview

In September 1973, Yanks Air Museum acquired and then restored its first airplane, the Beechcraft D-17S Staggerwing. Today the collection contains over 200 aircraft, starting with the 1903 Wright Flyer (the only replica in the collection) and continues through to the Golden Age (Curtiss JN-4D Jenny, Travel Air 6000A, Ryan B-1 Brougham), World War II (Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, North American P-51D Mustang, Lockheed P-38L Lightning), Early Jets (North American F-86F Sabre, Republic F-84E Thunderjet, North American FJ-1 Fury) and Modern Jets (General Dynamics F-16B Fighting Falcon, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet, Grumman F-14A Tomcat).

Address:
15121 Stearman Drive Chino, CA 91710

Hours:
Tues – Sun 9 AM – 4 PM, closed Mondays & major holidays

Admission:
General $11, Senior $10, Children (5-11) $5, 4 & under free

Phone:
(909) 597-1735

Website:
yanksair.org

Title Address Description
Yanks Air Museum
7000 Merrill Ave, Chino, CA 91710, USA

Second location

The museum shares Chino Airport in Chino, California with the Planes of Fame Museum. Another museum facility is being built in Greenfield, California, which will also include an advanced-technology education center, hotel and spa, winery, restaurants, service facilities, shops and a recreational vehicle park.

Curtiss C-46F Commando

Curtiss C-46F Commando

Restoration efforts

Many of the museum’s aircraft were built in Southern California and some are the only survivors of their type. Yanks’ intention is to restore each aircraft to flight worthiness, but some of them will never be flown due to their rarity. The Restoration Hangar is the place to witness the restoration process first-hand. It sometimes takes years of labor and decades of hunting for original materials and parts specific to the aircraft being restored.

Grumman TBF-1C Avenger

Grumman TBF-1C Avenger

Connie the Cat

The Restoration Hangar is also a place to meet Connie, a fluffy resident manager named after the Lockheed EC-121T Warning Star, the largest aircraft at Yanks. You are more than welcome to pet her unless she is busy chasing mice or overseeing her favorite restoration project, the Cessna UC-78 Bobcat.

Cessna UC‑78 Bobcat

Cessna UC‑78 Bobcat

The Boneyard

Newly acquired aircraft wait their turn for restoration in the adjacent Boneyard. You can freely explore it and sometimes peek inside of the cut fuselages or engines. There are some very interesting planes here including a Curtiss C-46F Commando, Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer and Fairchild C-123K Provider featured in the 1990 Air America movie (referral link) about a passenger and cargo airline covertly owned by the CIA and operating during the Vietnam War.

Yanks Air Museum boneyard

Yanks Air Museum boneyard

Lockheed 12-A Electra Junior

A recent History Channel documentary “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence” was partially filmed at the Yanks Air Museum. In the special, a metal piece found in 2015 at the Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands was visually matched to a corresponding part of the Yanks’ Lockheed 12-A Electra Junior suggesting it might have come from similar Lockheed Electra Model 10 that Earhart flew in.

Lockheed Model 12A Electra Junior (former C-40A)

Lockheed Model 12A Electra Junior (former C-40A)

Lockheed EC-121T Warning Star

Check the museum’s events page for the upcoming Open Cockpit days when you can peek inside one of the featured aircraft and tour the Lockheed EC-121T Warning Star. Lockheed EC-121 is a military version of the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation. Yanks’ Warning Star (s/n 53-0548) served with the USAF from 1955 to 1978. It was originally built as model EC-121D and later converted to model EC-121T.

Lockheed EC-121T Warning Star (Super Constellation)

Lockheed EC-121T Warning Star (Super Constellation)

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Igor K.

I am the founder and editor-in-chief of the AirMuseumGuide.com blog. Together with my son - hopefully a future aerospace engineer - we are trying to visit as many aviation and aerospace museums in the US as possible with the ultimate goal of visiting them all. We have been able to visit approximately 60 so far. We are hoping this site will help preserve aviation history and inspire young people to pursue a career in aerospace.

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