Here's a look back seven years at the Chino warbird show of 1999.
Northrop N9MB Flying Wing is now registered N9MB, although it carried no registration when it was flown as a one-third scale, free-flying, wind-tunnel model of the XB-35 bomber. It is owned by the Air Museum at Chino, California. It is powered by a pair of Franklin OX 540-7 eight-cylinder opposed engines.
Vought F4U-1A Corsair NX83782 taxis to the ramp with folded wings. It is registered to the Planes of Fame Museum at Chino, California. It is the oldest airworthy Corsair. It flew for the Navy as Buno 17799 and still carries that number on its tail. It was used as a movie prop by MGM Studios. The Ontario Air Museum acquired it in 1970. It was restored to airworthy condition in 1977.
General Motors TBM-3E Avenger, NX7835C was registered by The Air Museum of Claremont, the predecessor to the Planes of Fame Museum, in 1958. Its Grumman construction number is 4169.
Northrop N9MB Flying Wing
Lockheed P-38J Lightning NX138AM Joltin' Josie, North American P-51D Mustang N2580 Six Shooter, and P-51D Mustang, NL151DM Ridge Runner.
Lockheed P-38J Lightning, NX138AM Joltin' Josie, is registered to the Air Museum at Chino. It was built as Army Air Corps 44-23314. It was acquired by the Hanfield School of Aeronautics in Santa Maria, California in 1950. Jack Hardwicke of El Monte, California registered it as N29Q in 1954. He sold it to the Air Museum in Ontario, California in 1960 where it sat on static display for seventeen years. It was restored to flying condition, making its first flight on July 22, 1988. It then went to the Planes of Fame East museum in Minnesota. Bob Pond purchased it in October 1989 and registered it as N38BP. It returned to the Air Museum at Chino in 1998. It is powered by a pair of Allison V-1710 twelve-cylinder engines.
North American P-51D Mustang, N2580 Six Shooter has been registered to Charles Hall of Annis, Montana since January 1996. It was rebuilt as a Cavalier T Mk. 2 two seater in the 1960s. It received a new Air Force serial number, 67-22580, and was delivered to the FA Boliviana as FAB 520 on January 19, 1968. It was recovered by Arny Carnegie of Edmonton, Alberta in December 1977 and recieved the Canadian registration C-GXUQ. McClain Flight Service of Strathmmore, Alberta bought it in August 1978. Richard Korff of Lockport, New York reigstered it as N151RK in October 1986.
North American P-51D Mustang, NL151DM Ridge Runner is registered to Martin Daniel of San Jose, California. It was built as Army Air Corps 44-72483, but the FAA lists it as 44-13250 and it carries tail number 472308. It spent some time in the service of the FA Salvadorena.
North American P-51D Mustang, NL327DB Lady Jo is registered to Aero Classics, Inc of Chino, California. It was built as Army Air Corps 44-84860. Stephen Johnson of Oakland, California recovered it in 1978. John MacGuire of El Paso, Texas registered it as N55509 in August 1984 and sold it to Aero Classics of Chino in June 1989. It was rebuilt at Chino as a two-seat TF-51D, making its first flight after restoration on May 19, 1989. It wears 484860 on its tail.
Lockheed P-38J Lightning NX138AM Joltin' Josie, North American P-51D Mustang N2580 Six Shooter, P-51D Mustang, N151AF Val Halla, P-51D Mustang, NL151DM Ridge Runner, and Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra NL163FS.
North American P-51D Mustang, N151AF Val Halla wears post war Air Force markings. Its North American construction number is 124-48278. It has been registered to the Heritage Flight Museum of Eastsound, Washington since February 1999. Its pilot is Bill Anders, who was on the Apollo 8 mission to the moon in 1968. Val Halla still wears its original Army Air Force serial number of 45-11525. It entered the civil register in March 1982 as N91JB. It was owned by John Macguire of Texas. After 1984, it was operated as Silver Ghost by the War Eagles Air Museum of Santa Theresa, New Mexico.
Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra, NL163FS served the Army Air Force as 42-69021, and it has been restored with its original serial number. It entered the civil register as NX90805 at an unknown date. It sat unused at the Van Nuys Airport from 1946 to 1965. Ronald Hasz of Scott City, Kansas acquired it in 1970 and stored it in a hanger at Van Nuys from 1973 to 1992. Douglas W. Arnold and Warbirds of Great Britain Limited of Bournemouth in the United Kingdom bought it in 1992 and sold it to World Jet Incorporated of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1995. Ice Strike Corporation of Dover, Delaware acquired it on November 27, 1995, changed its registration to N90805 and sold it to astronaut Frank Borman in Las Cruces, New Mexico within days. It was moved to Chino on June 21, 1996 and restored to airworthy condition over the next two years. It made its first flight after restoration, registered as NL163FS, on February 21, 1998. There is some confusion over the original identity of this airplane. The FAA registry database identifies N163FS as P-63C-5, 43-11223 and Joe Baugher's Air Force serial number site states that both 42-69021 and 43-11223 are registered as N163FS.
Lockheed P-38J Lightning NX138AM Joltin' Josie, North American P-51D Mustang N2580 Six Shooter, P-51D Mustang, N151AF Val Halla, and Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra NL163FS.
Lockheed P-38J Lightning NX138AM Joltin' Josie, Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra NL163FS, North American P-51D Mustang N2580 Six Shooter, and P-51D Mustang, N151AF Val Halla.
SSGT Greg Taylor taxis McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle, 80-0024 which is based at Eglin Air Force Base.
Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, NL85104 was ordered by the Army Air Corps as 42-105192. It was delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force as 858. Fred Dyson bought it and 42-106396 at Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington on October 23, 1947. It was owned by W. Bridges in Jackson, Mississippi from 1952 to 1954. Louis Rice of Marysville, California bought it in 1954 and very quickly sold it to Richard Rowlette of Riverside, California. Walter Brockin, also of Riverside, acquired it in 1955 and then sold it to W. Keith Larkin of Weather Modification Company in San Jose, California. It was damaged in a wheels up landing near Denver, Colorado in 1958. The Air Museum in Ontario restored it to static display condition in 1959. Restoration of the airframe was begun in 1977. It made its first flight after restoration in 1981, when it acquired its current registration. It is powered by an Allison V-1710 twelve-cylinder engine.
Republic P-47G "razorback" Thunderbolt, N3395G Spirit of Atlantic City NJ has been registered to the Planes of Fame Museum since December 1965. Its original serial was 42-25254. It was manufactured under license by Curtiss. It was purchased by the Grand Central Aircraft Company of Glendale, California in 1944. Cal Aero Technical Institute used the airframe as a mechanic training aid from 1950 to 1955. The Claremont Air Museum acquired it in October 1955. It was restored to flying condition at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The restoration began in 1958, and it first flew in 1963, when it received its current registration. It flew as Roscoe's Retreat for a while. It crashed during an airshow at Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station, California on October 23, 1971. The next time it flew was in 1976. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine.
McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle, 80-0024.
McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle, 80-0024, Lockheed P-38J Lightning NX138AM Joltin' Josie, and Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra NL163FS.
Wing walker Margaret Stivers rides the wing of Silver Wings Stearman B75N1, N450SR which is piloted by Hartley Iver Folstad.
Lockheed P-38J Lightning NX138AM Joltin' Josie
Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra NL163FS.
Bill Anders taxis North American P-51D Mustang N151AF Val Halla.
Czechoslovakian Let C.11, N18AW Maniyak is a license built variant of the Yak-11. It is registered to Thomas Camp of San Francisco, California. It has been retrofitted with a Pratt and Whitney R-1830 radial engine.
Let C.11, N18AW Maniyak
Margaret Stivers rides the wing of Silver Wings Stearman B75N1, N450SR.
Yak-3UR-2000, NX498SD was delivered to the Egyptian Air Force as a Let C.11 trainer in 1956. It was retired and stored at El Aakha Air Base in 1970. Alain Capel and Jean Salis of La Ferte-Alais, France acquired it in 1985. Samuel Davis of Corona, California bought it in 1989 and rebuilt it as a single-place Yak-3UR-2000. He registered it as NX498SD on October 9, 1998. It first flew after conversion in 1999. It is equipped with a Pratt and Whitney R-2000 radial engine.
Grumman F3F Flying Barrel N20FG is owned by Cinema Air of Carlsbad, California. It was manufactured by the Texas Airplane Factory. It is powered by a Wright R-1820 radial engine.
Grumman F3F Flying Barrels N20FG and N19FG flying in formation with two-place Grumman G32A N100TF. They were all manufactured by the Texas Airplane Factory and are registered to Cinema Air. They are powered by Wright Cyclone R-1820 radial engines.
Replica Fokker Dr.1 triplane, N113PC is restored in the markings of Baron Manfred von Richthoven, best known as the Red Baron.
Aeronca C-3, NC15729 was built in 1945. Its Aeronca construction number is 741.
North American SNJ-4, N75964 #44 in Navy markings is owned by William Nightingale. North American T-6G, N7613C Fixation served the U.S. Air Force as 49-3243.
North American AT-28D-5 Trojan N2496 is registered to Trojan Air Holdings of Anchorage, Alaska. It was built as U.S.A.F. 49-1496, and is painted in authentic matte finish SEA camouflage.
General Motors TBM-3E Avenger, NX7835C.
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, N11Y originally carried Navy BuNo 67087. It has been registered to C. C. Air Corporation of Port Hueneme since 1995.
Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat, NX6178C has been registered to Richard Bertea of Corvallis, Oregon since July 1993. It was built as Navy BuNo 80483. Cal-Nat Airways of Grass Valley, California gave it its current registration in 1964 and it flew as tanker #E43. Sis-Q Flying Service of Santa Rosa, California acquired it in 1969 and sold it to Macavia International Corporation, also of Santa Rosa, in June 1985. Weeks Air Museum of Tamiami, Florida bought it in 1987, but stored it at Santa Rosa. It was bought by the Duxford Air Museum, arriving on November 13, 1988.
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, N4994V is registered to the Planes of Fame Museum. It was originally Navy BuNo 93879. It has been with the museum since 1958 when the museum was located in Claremont. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine.
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, N11Y and Vought F4U-1A Corsair NX83782.
Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat, NX6178C and General Motors FM-2 Wildcat NL5HP. NL5HP is a license built version of the Grumman F4F. This one is registered to Howard Pardue of Breckenridge, Texas. It was built as Navy BuNo 86777.
Grumman F8F Bearcat N800H Wampus Cat is registered to Talon Investments of Eugene, Oregon. It was built as Navy BuNo 121752. This Bearcat has a lengthy racing history. In the sixties, Tom Mathews flew this F8F as #10, "Tom's Cat". Walt Ohlrich flew it as #8, "Miss Priss". John Herlihy named it "Sweet Pea" and it carried race #8. Harold Beal and Charles Smith gave it the name "Precious Bear", still as #8. Then it spent a while at Biggin Hill in the U.K.
Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless, NX670AM of the Planes of Fame Museum. It was built as Navy BuNo 28536 but delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force as NZ5062. After the war it was used as a wind machine by MGM Studios. Wings from another SBD were recovered from Guadalcanal to return this Dauntless to flying condition in 1987. It flew its first flight after reconstruction on February 7, 1987. It is powered by a Wright R-1820 radial engine.
Hawker Sea Fury T Mk 20, NX233MB September Pops is a two-place trainer variant. It has been registered to Fury Limited of Carson City, Nevada since January 1978. It served the Royal Navy as VX351. It was transferred to the Federal Republic of Germany as D-CEDO on August 11, 1959. Eric Vormezeele of Antwerp, Belgium bought it in 1975 and reserved the regiatration OO-SFY for it, but did noot restore it or take up the registration. Jimmie Hunt of Memphis Tennessee acquired it in October 1985. American Aero Service oof New Smyrna Beach, Florida bought it in 1987 and sold it to Michael Brown and Fury Limited in May 1997. It was restored at Ione, California. Its Bristol Centaurus engine was replaced with a Wright R-3350 radial engine. It made its first flight after restoration in 1997. It flies as race #911.
Let C.11, N18AW Maniyak and Yakovlev Yak-3M, N529SB. Yak-3M, N529SB is one of several recently manufactured Yak-3 variants on the U.S. register. It is powered by an Allison V-1710. It was built in 1993, and its construction number is 0470104.
Mitsubishi A6M5 "Zero" NX46770 is registered to the Planes of Fame Museum of Chino. Its Mitsubishi construction number is 5357. It was captured by U. S. troops at Asilito Airfield, Saipan on June 18, 1944. It was shipped to the U. S. for evaluation, arriving in San Diego, California on July 16, 1944. It was flown for approximately 190 hours by Navy pilots at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. Ed Maloney acquired it for the Air Museum in Claremont in 1950. It first flew after restoration on June 28, 1978. It is powered by an original Sakai 21 radial engine.
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, N9323Z Sentimental Journey served the Army Air Force as 44-83514 and its construction number is 32155. It was retired to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona on January 27, 1959. Acme Aircraft Parts of Compton, California registered it as N9323Z on July 31, 1959. Western Air Industries of Anderson, California converted it to a fire fighting tanker in November 1960. It flew as Tanker E17. Aero Union Corporation of Chico, California flew it as Tanker C17 and Tanker 17 from June 6, 1962 until 1978. The Confederate Air Force of Midland, Texas acquired it on January 17, 1978. It flies with its original Army Air Force serial, 44-83514.
Douglas RB-26C Invader, N9425Z served the Army Air Force as 44-35721. Its construction number is 29000. Central Oregon Aerial Company of Bend Oregon registered it as N9425Z in 1963. Lynch Air Tankers of Billings, Montana acquired it in 1966 and flew it as tanker A24 and later as tanker 57. It was converted to the Lynch STOL 26 configuration. Robert J. Pond and Planes Of Fame East of Minneapolis, Minnesota bought it in September 1992. It flew as Fire Eaters in the film Always. It was restored as a stock Navy RB-26C with tail number 435721 in 1993. It is based at the Palm Springs Air Museum.
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, N9323Z Sentimental Journey
Douglas RB-26C Invader, N9425Z.
North American B-25J Mitchell, N8195H Heavenly Body was manufactured by North American at Kansas City in late 1944 and was accepted by the U.S Army Air Force in February 1945 as B-25J-25-NC, 44-30748. Its North American construction number is 108-34023. Ace Smelting Incorporated of Phoenix, Arizona acquired it as surplus for $1,143 on May 19, 1959. The registration N3447G was reserved for it but not taken up. Alson-Niblock Flying Incorporated of Elkhart, Indiana registered it as N8195H in May 1959 and sold it to Christler and Avery Aviation of Greybull, Wyoming in December 1959. An agricultural hopper and spray bars were installed in it in January 1960. Filmways Incorporated of Hollywood acquired it in 1968 and restored it as Miss Renee for the movie Catch-22. It was painted as M&M Enterprises at the end of the film. Tallmantz Aviation of Orange County, California bought it in August 1971. Milan S. Pupich of Van Nuys, California bought it in March 1972 and restored it to airworthy status in 1974.
Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose. It was built as a DC-3 in 1943 and served the Army Air Force as a C-53D. It is a veteran of the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. Its Douglas construction number is 11639.
Lockheed 18-56 Lodestar, N250JR was built in 1942.
Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose.
Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose.
Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose.
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, N9323Z Sentimental Journey
North American B-25J, Pacific Princess and B-25J Mitchell, N3675G Photo Fanny.
North American B-25J, Pacific Princess has been registered as N9856C since 1963. It is currently owned by Ted Itano of Monterey Park, California. It still carries its original Air Corps tail number 43-28204. While still in the service of the Air Force, it was redesignated TB-25N. Idaho Aircraft Incorporated of Boise operated it as a tanker in 1963. Dennis Smilanich of Boise owned it from 1963 to 1966. Filmways Incorporated acquired it for use in the movie Catch-22 and then sold it to Ted Itano in 1972.
North American B-25J Mitchell, N3675G Photo Fanny has been registered to James Maloney of Corona Del Mar, California since January 10, 1978. Its Army Air Corps tail number was 44-30423. It joined the Air Museum in Ontario, California in 1965. It is often used for air-to-air photography sessions of the warbirds flying out of Chino. It is powered by a pair of Wright R-2600 radial engines.
CASA 2111 N72615 is a Spanish built transport version of the Heinkel He-111. It was registered to the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum of Midland, Texas. It was later destroyed in a crash.
Grumman Hu-16 Albatross N97HU Cottonmouth is registered to J C Janes and Associates of Rockford, Illinois. It was built as Air Force 49-074 and flies now in Royal Canadian Air Force markings.
Planes of Fame Lockheed T-33A is restored as 53-5150.
Lockheed T-33A and MiG-15, NX87CN.
MiG-15, NX87CN has been registered to the Air Museum at Chino since February 1999. It was operated by the Chinese Air Force as 83277. Tom Friedkin first registered it in the U. S. in June 1991.
Lockheed Martin F-117A Nighthawk.
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