Date and Tickets
In less than two months, vintage planes will take to the skies once again above Chino airport for the annual Planes of Fame Airshow, 2019 edition. The event on May 4 and 5 will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, so spectators can expect a lot of invasion stripes above their heads. Discounted general admission tickets are available for advance purchase until April 19th, 2019.
Planes of Fame Aircraft
As always, most of the airworthy Planes of Fame aircraft will fly, including the Northrop N-9MB Flying Wing, Seversky AT-12 Guardsman, Boeing P-26A Peashooter, Douglas AD-4N Skyraider, Lockheed P-38J Lightning, North American P-51 Mustang, Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, North American B-25J Mitchell, North American F-86F Sabre and many others. The recently acquired North American P-51D Mustang “Voodoo”, the fastest piston aircraft in the world, is also scheduled to perform.
Planes of Fame aircraft will be accompanied by visiting warbirds, bringing the expected number of participating historic planes to over 50. In previous years, these included, among others, the Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 “Argonaut”, Bell P-63A Kingcobra “Pretty Polly”, Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat “Here Kitty, Kitty!”, a General Motors FM-2 Wildcat and Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer. In addition to flying aircraft, many static planes and military vehicle displays will be available for great photo opportunities.
There will be a special demonstration of the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team flying the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. The team will also fly together with some historic planes in the Air Force Heritage Flight formation, which usually is the closing act of the airshow. Last year’s Heritage Flight included a Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II, Lockheed P-38L Lightning “Thoughts of Midnite” and Curtiss-built Republic P-47G Thunderbolt.
The gates open at 8 am on both days. If you want to view the planes parked on the hot ramp, plan to arrive as early as possible as the flying starts at around 10:40 am. General parking is free but tends to fill up quickly and sometimes long lines may form. From the parking area, you can take a tram or walk to the airshow gate which is over half a mile away. If you walk, you will have a chance to view some of the planes at the Yanks Air Museum including a Lockheed EC-121T Warning Star (Super Constellation). Make sure to bring sunscreen and hats and remember to stay hydrated. More info is available on the official airshow website.
Photos in the post are from the 2018 Planes of Fame Airshow. Click here if you would like to see photos from the 2017 POF Airshow.