Chino Warbird Show, May 16, 2004

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The Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino, California hosted a flying display of numerous warbirds over the weekend of May 15 - 16. I shot these pictures on Sunday, May 16.

Founded over 43 years ago, The Air Museum "Planes of Fame," a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to preserving aviation history for the benefit of future generations. Currently, The Air Museum houses over 150 aircraft at its two locations, the main facility at chino Airport in California and a satellite museum near the Grand Canyon at Valle Airport in Arizona.  The Air Museum displays aircraft spanning the history of manned flight, from a replica of the Chanute Hang Glider of 1896, through modern space flight, and includes numerous milestone achieving test and research flight vehicles.

Curtiss C-46F Commando, N53594 Curtiss C-46F Commando, N53594 China Doll of the Southern California Wing of the Confederate Air Force. It served the Army Air Force as 44-78663. Its Curtiss construction number is 22486. It entered the civil register with Riddle Airlines. It later flew for Zantop and Ortiner Air Services.

Link to the web site of the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.

General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, N5833 General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, N5833 originally carried Navy BuNo 86819. Its General Motor construction number is 5877. It crashed in 1955 while flying as a sprayer for Butler Aviation of Redmond, Oregon. The rebuild project took many years and the airframe passed therough the hands of several owners. It received its current registration in August 1983. It was returned to the air on April 24, 1987 by Air Group One at Ramona, California. It spent a short while in the hands of Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation at Chino. It is now registered to the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum and based at Camarillo.

General Motors manufactured FM-2 Wildcat, N5833 and Goodyear manufactured FG-1D Corsair, N11Y

General Motors manufactured FM-2 Wildcat, N5833 and Goodyear manufactured FG-1D Corsair, N11Y flying at the Camarillo Airshow on August 11, 2002.

General Motors manufactured FM-2 Wildcat, N5833 at El Toro MCAAS on April 29, 1989

General Motors manufactured FM-2 Wildcat, N5833 at El Toro MCAAS on April 29, 1989

Hawker Hunter GA11, N301XF Hawker Hunter GA11, N301XF has been registered to Garrett Moscos of Villa Park, California since June 1996. It was formerly Royal Navy XF301 and still carries that ID.

Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 Zero, NX712Z Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 "Zero", NX712Z is part of the collection of the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. I has been registered to the Liberty Aero Corporation since February 1998. Its Mitsubishi construction number is 3869. It was found on New Guinea near the town of Babo. Its restoration was begun in Russia and completed in the United States. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 radial engine.

Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, NX46770 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.

Mitsubishi A6M "Zero", NX46770, Chino Airshow, May 20, 1984

A6M5, NX46770 leads a pair of Corsairs and a Mustang at the Chino Airshow on May 20, 1984.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning, NX138AM Porky II Lockheed P-38J Lightning, NX138AM Porky II 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.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning, NX138AM

Joltin' Josie flying at the Chino Airshow on October 6, 2001.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning, NX38BP at Edwards AFB on October 3, 1998

NX138AM was registered as NX38BP and named Joltin' Josie when it appeared at the Edwards AFB Open House on October 3, 1998.

Lockheed F-5G-6-LO, 
44-27183 Lockheed F-5G-6-LO, 44-27183 photo-reconnaissance variant of the P-38 Lightning. Its Lockheed construction number is 8187. It is one of one of 63 F-5Gs modified from P-38L-5s. It is number 308 of 370 F-5Gs in all. The Army Air Corps retired it to Kingman, Arizona on February 5, 1946. Kargl Aerial Surveys of Midland, Texas registered it as NC62441 on May 17, 1946 and sold it to Aero Exploration Co. of Tulsa, Oklahoma in December 1947. Mark Hurd Aerial Surveys of Minneapolis, Minnesota changed its registration to N62441 on January 2, 1953. AiResearch Aviation of Los Angeles, extensively modified it for Mark Hurd Aerial Surveys in 1954. It was given a two seat, pressurized cockpit and the camera compartment in the nose was enlarged. Mark Hurd Aerial Surveys changed its registration to N501MH in March 1958. Byers Airways of Seattle, Washington bought it in April 1965 and sold it to Pacific Aerial Surveys of Seattle, Washington on May 24, 1965. Pacific Aerial Surveys changed its registration to N517PA in December 1965. Wally D. Peterson of Manson, Virginia acquired it on May 21, 1969 and sold it to I. N. Burchinall, Jr. of Paris, Texas on August 27, 1971. David M. Boyd, of Tulsa, Oklahoma bought it on April 3, 1973 and spent two years rebuilding it, installing the nose of a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. N. Merrill Wien and Richard A. Wein of Fairbanks, Alaska acquired it on February 28, 1981 and based it at Chino, California. The Yanks Air Museum acquired it in 1990. It was displayed for some time with a conventional fighter nose. Some sources (including the Yanks Air Museum web site) list the Army Air Corps serial as 44-53012.

Lockheed P-38L Lightning, N79123 Lockheed P-38L Lightning, N79123 has been registered to Flying Heritage Incorporated since April 2001. Its Lockheed construction number is 422-8235. It was delivered to the U. S. Army Air Corps as 44-27231 and then converted to an F-5G photo-reconnaissance Lightning. J. L. Harp of Aurora, Illinois registered it as NX79123 in July 1946. He raced it in the Bendix Races as #95. Jack Hardwick of El Monte, California bought it in 1955 and sold it to Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation of Chino in March 1977. It was restored over the period from 1984 to 1991.

Cessna O-2 (M337B) Super Skymaster, N829AF Cessna O-2 (M337B) Super Skymaster, N829AF was formerly U.S.A.F. 68-10829 and still carries that ID. It has been registered to Tom Wilson of Ontario, California Since September 25, 1996. It carries Cessna construction number 337M0194.

Fiesler Fi-156C Storch, NX41FS Fiesler Fi-156C Storch, NX41FS was built under license by Moraine Saulnier in France in 1944. It has been registered to Steve Ericson since 1997. It is based at the Milestones of Flight Museum at Fox Field near Lancaster. Its original 8-cylinder inverted-V engine has been replaced with a horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine.

Cessna 190, N9848A Cessna 190, N9848A has been registered to Jeffrey Pearson of Anaheim Hills, California since December 1982. It was built in 1950 and carries Cessna constuction number 7541.

North American T-28A Trojan, N14144 North American T-28A Trojan, N14144 was delivered to the U.S.A.F. as 51-7533. It has been registered to Ronald Evans of Highland, California since November 1988. It has been restored as Navy T-28B, BuNo 140022 of training squadron VT-6 assigned to the USS Coral Sea.

Beechcraft B17R Staggerwing, NC14413 Beechcraft B17R Staggerwing, NC14413 was built in 1935. Its Beechcraft construction number is 38. It has been registered to Wings and Wheels Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware since April 2002. Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing, NC67736 was built in 1943. Its Beechcraft construction number is 4848. It has been registered to Archie Lane of Cyprus, California since August 1997.

Bell P-63C King Cobra, NX163BP Pretty Polly Bell P-63C King Cobra, NX163BP Pretty Polly is part of the collection of the Palm Spring Air Museum. It has been restored as P-63A, 42-68864.

Bell P-63C King Cobra, NX163BP Pretty Polly nose art Bell P-63C King Cobra, NX163BP Pretty Polly nose art.

Convair 240, N8408H The 49'er Convair 240 The 49'er formerly registered N8408H has recently been restored in the colors of Western Air Lines. It was delivered to Western Air Lines on October 5, 1948. Air Carrier Service Corportation bought it in 1961 and sold it to Air Korea on February 6, 1961. Japan Domestic Airlines bought it in 1963, leasing it to Southwest Airlines in July 1967 and retiring it in 1968. Air Service Incorporated regiastered it as N8408H on January 23, 1969. Texas Instruments Incorporated acquired it in August 1971 and re-registered it as N240HH in January 1982. It has been stored at Chino for many years, and it is being restored to airworthy condition.

Northrop N9MB Flying Wing, N9MB 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 Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino, California. It is powered by a pair of Franklin OX 540-7 eight-cylinder opposed engines.

Northrop N9MB Flying Wing, N9MB at Edwards AFB on October 21, 1995

Northrop N9MB Flying Wing, N9MB appeared at the Edwards AFB Open House on October 21, 1995.


More 2004 Chino Airshow pictures

Static Displays

Chino flightline Most of the airplanes that participated in the airshow were parked in two rows along the flightline.

General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, N86572 Page 2 is a walk along the airplanes parked in the row on the right.

Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, N1195N Page 3 is a walk along the airplanes parked in the row on the left.

Flying Displays

Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 1 Page 1: Missing Man Formation and Silver Wings Stearman Biplane Wing Walking Act.

Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 2 Page 2: D-Day Invasion Aircraft Display with Mustangs, Spitfires, P-47 Thunderbolt, Hurricane, and Avenger.

Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 3 Page 3: Northrop N9M Flying Wing Performance by Ron Hackworth and Korean Air War F-86 Sabre and MiG-15 Tail Chase.

Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 4 Page 4: Navy Flight SBD Dauntless, FM-2 Wildcat, F4F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat, A-1 Skyraider, F4U Corsair, and Sea Fury.

Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 5 Page 5: Pacific Air Battle FM-2 Wildcats, Zeros and P-38 Lightning and British Fighter Aerobatics Display.

Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 6 Page 6: Air Power Formation Flight - Massive Gaggle of Warbirds and United States Air Force F-16 Viper Tactical Demonstration.


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