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1/72 Airfix MiG-15

by Tom Rodgers on March 10, 2017 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

I did this kit a few months back. It is an attempt to depict the MiG-15 at the Planes of Fame Museum at Chino, CA. It “started life” as a 1970’s Airfix “baggie” kit, hence there were SOME fit and […]

The newest airplane nut meets Steve Hinton

by Tom Cleaver on February 4, 2017 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

Grand nephew Nathan Elster, who really likes Planes of Fame Air Museum,spent his 8th birthday watching Steve Hinton fly the museum’s P-38, and then he got to meet Steve. He also liked the new P-40M/Kittyhawk III restoration

Chino California Air Show April 29, 2016, part 3

Chino California Air Show April 29, 2016, part 2

Chino California Air Show April 29, 2016

What a blast !!! A private car show and great view of the airshow next to a taxi way at Chino Airport on Saturday April 29, 2016. Was suppose to be only for a few hours but we got mesmerized […]

You won’t see these two anywhere but Chino

by Tom Cleaver on December 8, 2013 in Show Reports -- 18 Comments

You’re not going to see these two original Japanese airplanes anywhere but at Planes of Fame in Chino. A bad day for photography, but when the world’s only J2M3 Raiden (Jack) and D4Y3 Suisei (Judy) are on display (the J2M3 […]

B-17G at Chino

by Tom Cleaver on November 3, 2013 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

The B-17G finally flew in to Chino yesterday. Here are some shots, including one of me holding it in front of another famus Boeing product, that will give you a good idea of just how big it is.

P-51A at Chino last weekend

by Tom Cleaver on November 2, 2013 in Show Reports -- 5 Comments

This is the Planes of Fame P-51A Mustang, in the markings of “Mrs. Virginia” of the 1st Air Commando Group; the original was flown by their legendary commander, Colonel Phil Cochran. Phil and the Air Commandos were immortalized in the […]

“Spam Can” in her new incarnation at Chino today

by Tom Cleaver on October 12, 2013 in Show Reports -- 11 Comments

Every few years, Planes of Fame repaints “Spam Can” (the world’s oldest continuously-licensed P-51D, since 1957) to represent a famous P-51. She is now in the markings of the 506th Fighter Group, one of the VLR Mustang groups operating over […]

“Princess Elizabeth” at Chino 2010

by Tom Cleaver on September 21, 2013 in Show Reports -- 2 Comments

Ran across these shots of “Princess Elizabeth” at Chino back in 2010. This airplane was returned to The Fighter Collection this year and has been seen at the Duxford Flying Legends show. This “P-51B” really isn’t one. Originally, Pete Regina […]