Planes of Fame Airshow at Chino
May 15, 2010
Static Displays



Over seventy vintage airplanes were displayed at the Planes of Fame Airshow at Chino over the weekend of May 15 - 16s. A Focke Wulf FW-190 was a highlight of the static displays. The static displays featured two Grumman F8F Bearcats, a General Motors TBM Avenger, three Curtiss P-40 Warhawks, two North American B-25 Mitchells, a Mitsubishi A6M "Zero", nineteen North American P-51 Mustangs, a North American A-36A Apache, and a host of other. There were six Mustangs, a Mitchell, and a Corsair that I hadn't seen before.

North American P-51D Mustang NL74190 44-74452 Happy Jack's Go Buggy North American P-51D Mustang NL74190 was ordered for the US Army Air Corps as 44-74452 and has been restored as Happy Jack's Go Buggy. It is powered by a Packard built V-1650 Merlin V-12 engine.

Bell YP-59A Airacomet 42-108777 Bell YP-59A Airacomet 42-108777 carries construction number 27-10. Its General Electric I-A engines have been rebuilt, and the airplane is expected to fly any year now.

Globe GC-1B N78103 Globe GC-1B N78103 was built in 1946. Its construction number is 2103. It is powered by a Continental C125 engine.

Ryan Navion N3374G Ryan Navion N3374G was built in 1948. Its construction number is NAV-4-1280. It is powered by a Continental E185 engine.

Northrop T-38A Talon 64-13285 of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing Northrop T-38A Talon 64-13285 of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing based at Beale Air Force Base. It is powered by a two General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojet engines with afterburners

Vought F4U-4 Corsair NX240CF Vought F4U-4 Corsair NX240CF flew for the US Navy as BuNo 97359. This was the first time that I photographed it. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 two-bank, 18-cylinder radial engine.

Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk N518TA Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk N518TA is for sale by Pacific Aero Ventures LLC for $5.95 million. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney J52-P8B.

North American P-51D Mustang N5420V North American P-51D Mustang N5420V flew for the US Army Aior Corps as 44-74202. This was the first time that I photographed it. Michael E. Coutches of Hayward, California acquired it in 1966. Mike Bogue of Oakland, California bought it in 1984 and sold it to Michael E. Coutches of Hayward, California in 1990. It has been registered to John Croul of Corona Del Mar, California since Hanuary 10, 2007. It is powered by a Packard built V-1650 Merlin V-12 engine.

North American AT-6C Texan N7055H North American AT-6C Texan N7055H carries construction number 88-12150. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 9-cylinder radial engine.

North American SNJ-6 Texan N349JB North American SNJ-6 Texan N349JB is restored as U. S. Air Force T-6G 49-3319. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 9-cylinder radial engine.

Globe GC-1B Super Swift N2344B Globe GC-1B Super Swift N2344B was built in 1948. Its Globe construction number is 3644. It is powered by a Lycoming O&VO-360 Series engine.

Piper J3C-65 Cub N42869 Piper J3C-65 Cub N42869 was built in 1945. Its construction number is 15196. It has been registered to Thomas Hicks since March 12, 2009. It is powered by a Continental A&C65 series engine.

Piper J5A Cub N35786 Piper J5A Cub N35786 was built in 1941. It is restored as an L-4. It has been registered to the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum since 1991. It is powered by a Continental A&C75 series engine.

Douglas C-53D Skytrooper N45366 D-Day Doll Douglas C-53D Skytrooper N45366 D-Day Doll carries construction number is 11757. It was delivered to the Army Air Corps as C-53D, 42-68830. It is in the collection of the Inland Empire Wing of the Commemorative Air Force at the Riverside, California Airport. It is powered by a pair of Wright C9GC&D series radial engines.

Douglas C-53D Skytrooper N45366 D-Day Doll Nose art of Douglas C-53D Skytrooper N45366 D-Day Doll.

Stearman PT-17 N450WT Stearman PT-17 N450WT carries construction number 75-3420 and was built in 1942. It has been registered to Ernest McCauley of Long Beach, California since August 14, 1991. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior 9-cylinder radial engine.

Stearman B75N1 N5114N Stearman B75N1 N5114N carries construction number 75-7721 and was built in 1943. It has been registered to Michael Walsh of Lakewood, California since March 20, 1990. It is powered by a Continental W670 series engine.

Nanchang CJ-6 N22YK Nanchang CJ-6 N22YK carries construction number 1232009. This was the first time that I photographed it. It has been registered to Gary Gabbard of Las Vegas since November 9, 1995. It is powered by a Vendenyev M14P radial engine.

Jiangxi Hongdu CJ-6 N465DC Jiangxi Hongdu CJ-6 N465DC carries construction number 3632017. This was the first time that I photographed it. It has been registered Flying B-dog Enterprises of Chino since April 6, 2010.

Folland Gnat T.1 N7HY Folland Gnat T.1 N7HY was restored in the colors of the Royal Air Force Red Arrows flight demonstration team in memory of Dr. Jim McMahon. It carries construction number FL529 and was built in 1962.

North American T-28B Trojan NX171BA North American T-28B Trojan NX171BA was delivered to the U.S. Navy as BuNo 138171 in 1954. It is powered by a Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9-cylinder radial engine.

Cessna O-2 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. It is powered by a Continental IO-360 series engine.

Cessna O-1A Bird Dog N5199G Cessna O-1A Bird Dog N5199G carries construction number 22118 and was built in 1953. It has been registered to Franklin Vranicar of Corona del Mar, California since February 4, 1994. It is powered by a Continental O-470 series engine.

Stinson L-5 Sentinel N62451 Super Snooper Stinson L-5 Sentinel N62451 Super Snooper carries construction number 4214854 and was built in 1942. This was the first time that I photographed it. It is powered by a Lycoming O-435 Series engine.

Stinson L-5 Sentinel N62451 Super Snooper Nose art of Stinson L-5 Sentinel N62451 Super Snooper.

Raytheon T-6A Texan II 08-3920 Raytheon T-6A Texan II 08-3920 of the 12th Flying Training Wing based at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. It is based on the Pilatus PC-9. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop.

Aerovodochody L-39 Albatross N656DT Aerovodochody L-39 Albatross N656DT carries construction number 433149. It has been registered to California Air Center of La Habra since May 31, 2006.

North American T-28B Trojan N212DP Check Mate North American T-28A Trojan N212DP Check Mate served the US Air Force as 49-1616. It has been registered to Payte Flying Services of San Diego since August 19, 2004. It is powered by a Wright R-1300 Cyclone 7-cylinder radial engine.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX replica N1940K Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX replica N1940K was built by Robert Deford in 2003 and has been registered to him since September 14, 2000. It is powered by an Allison V-1710 V-12 engine.

Yakovlev Yak-3U NX130AM Yakovlev Yak-3U NX130AM was built in 1995. This was the first time that I photographed it. It carries construction number 170101. It has been registered to the Air Museum since February 9, 2009. It is powered by an Allison V-1710 V-12 engine.

Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat NX14WB Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat NX14WB served the US Navy as BuNo 122619. Its construction number is D.1148. Lloyd Nolen, Lefty Gardner and Bearcat & Company of Mercedes, Texas purchased it for $805 at Naval Air Station Litchfield Park, Arizona in 1958 and registered it as N9758C. It was stored at Litchfield Park until 1963. T.A. Underwood of Buckeye, Arizona bought it in 1963 and sold it to Frank Williams of Port Arthur, Texas that same year. Larry Hamilton and Hamilton Aircraft of Sonoma, California acquired it in 1963 and sold it to Aviation Amazement-Amusement Incorporated and the Confederate Air Force of Oklahoma City in 1966. It was transferred to Gardner Flyers and the Confederate Air Force at Brownwood, Texas in 1968. It passed through the hands of Max Hoffman and Ken Boomhower before it was purchsed by Harold Beal and Charles Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee in 1973. Beal registered it as N700F in 1975. Whittington Brothers Incorporated of Fort Lauderdale, Florida acquired it in September 1989. Don Whittington and World Jet Incorporated of Fort Lauderdale registered it as N14WB in September 1979. It was loaned to the Experimental Aircraft Association Aviation Foundation in Oshkosh, Wisconson in 1980. Yesterday Museum Incorporated of Fort Lauderdale took charge of it in October 1998 and transferred it to World Jet Incorporated of Fort Lauderdale on September 2, 1999. It has been registered to Lewis Aeronautical LLC of San Antonio, Texas since January 23, 2008. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp two-bank, 18-cylinder radial engine.

North American P-51D Mustang N71FT Strega Highly modified North American P-51D Mustang N71FT Strega is one of the fastest unlimited racing planes. Its construction number is 111-36388 and it was assigned Army Air Corps serial 44-13105. It was delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force as A68-679 in July 1945. It was struck off charge on November 14, 1948. Pearce Dunn and Warbirds Aviation Museum of Mildura, Victoria, Australia recovered it from a farm in Benalia, Victoria in 1966 and restored it for static display. Dennis Schoenfelder, David Zeushel, and B&D Enterprises of Van Nuys shipped it to the United States in 1981 and converted it for Air Racing. Bill Destefani of Shafter, California bought it in December 1983 and registered it as N71FT on July 30, 1990. It is powered by a Rolls Royce V-1650-7 Merlin V-12 engine.

Airshowbuzz Canadair CT-133 Silver Star NX377JP Airshowbuzz Canadair CT-133 Silver Star NX377JP was registered to the Planes of Fame Museum on July 17, 2007. Its construction number is 21377.

Special Ops Lear 24 N3137 Special Ops Lear 24 N3137 was built in 1966. It carries construction number 123. It has been registered to Avstar Incorporated of Seattle since January 4, 2000. It is powered by a pair of General Electric CJ610 series jet engines.

North American SNJ-5 Texan N2550 North American SNJ-5 Texan N2550 was ordered by the Army Air Force as 41-34418 and then transferred to the Navy as BuNo 43683. Its construction number is 88-15348. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 9-cylinder radial engine.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 NX87CN Mikoyan-Gurevich 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.

Let C-11 (Yak-11) NX2124X Blyak Moose Let C-11 (Yak-11) NX2124X Blyak Moose was built in 1952. It was flown by the Egyptian Air Force. It was withdrawwn from use and stored at El Aakha AB, Egypt in 1970. It was one of 41 C-11s shipped from Egypt to France in 1985 where it was acquired by Alain Capel and Jean Salis partnership in La Ferte-Alais. Joseph R. Haley of El Segundo, California bought it on August 17, 1989. It was rebuilt as a racer with an R-2800 radial engine at Chino and registered N2124X in 1989. It has been registered to Kent G. Carlomangno of San Rafael since october 11, 2001.

Canadair T-33A Silver Star N933GC Canadair T-33A Silver Star N933GC was built in 1954. Its construction number is 306. It is restored as a US Air Force T-33A. It has been registered to Greg Coulter since July 10,2008. It is powered by a Rolls Royce Nene jet engine.

North American F-86F Sabre NX186AM North American F-86F Sabre NX186AM has been registered to the Air Museum at Chino since March 1999. Its Air Force serial was 52-5012. Its North American construction number is 191-708. Tom Friedkin of Cinema Air Corporation registered it as N4TF in April 1990. It is powered by a General Electric J47 jet engine.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning NX138AM 23 Skidoo Lockheed P-38J Lightning NX138AM 23 Skidoo 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.

Douglas A-1H Skyraider NX39606 Douglas A-1H Skyraider NX39606 is registered to Warbird Aircraft of San Diego. Its Navy Buno was 139606 and it was delivered to the South Vietnamese Air Force. It was recovered through Thailand by Yesterday's Air Force in 1980. It was registered as N3915B by Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation at Chino in 1983. The Donald Douglas Museum at Santa Monica registered it as NX39606 in July 1988 and passed it on to the Santa Monica Museum of Flying in 1990.

Douglas A-1H Skyraider, NX39606 at the El Toro MCAS Airshow on April 28, 1990 Douglas A-1H Skyraider, NX39606 at the El Toro MCAS Airshow on April 28, 1990.

Lockheed P-38L Lightning NL7723C was delivered to the Army Air Force as photo-reconnaissance F-5G 44-26981. Its construction number is 7985. Aero Exploration Company Incorporated of Tulsa, Oklahoma acquired it from the War Assets Administration at Kingman, Arizona for $1,250 on March 22, 1946. It was registered as NX53752 on May 10, 1946 and then as N53752 in 1948. It was withdrawn from service in Tulsa, Oklahoma in July 1949. Spartan Air Services Limited of Ottawa, Ontario registered it as CF-GCH in December 1951. It suffered a landing gear collapse at Duluth, Minnesota on May 3, 1953. Hycon Aerial Surveys of Pasadena, California registered it as N5596V on November 8, 1956. It was retired and stored in the open at Las Vegas in December 1959. Don E. May of Phoenix, Arizona bought it on June 25, 1962 and sold it to Ben W. Widtfeldt and Desert Aviation Incorporated of Phoenix, Arizona on June 19, 1963. Aero Enterprises of La Porte, Indiana acquired it on September 9, 1963 and sold it to Laurel Walsh of Birmingham, Michigan on November 11, 1963. J.W. Bohmier and New London Airport of New London, Pennsylvania bought it on December 6, 1963 and sold it to Jim Cullen and Westair Company of Westminster, Colorado on Nov. 2, 1964. Troy G. Hawkins of Wichita Falls, Texas acquired it on September 9, 1965 and sold it to L. James Ausland and Sports Air of Seattle, Washington on April 20, 1967. William E. Padden of Los Angeles, California bought it on April 20, 1968 and sold it to I.N. "Junior" Burchinal of Paris, Texas on August 19, 1970. It struck a car and trailer while landing and suffered a landing gear collapse at Paris, Texas on May 23, 1971. David M. Boyd and Eagle Aviation of Tulsa, Oklahoma acquired the wreckage on April 2, 1973 and sold it to John P. Silberman of Key West, Florida on January 4, 1979. It was rebuilt at Live Oaks, Florida and made its first flight in September 1985. The Museum Of Flying at Santa Monica, California acquired it in October 1989 and fitted it with a conventional fighter nose in 1990. William Lyons and Martin Aviation of Santa Ana, California bought it on May 20, 1990. It was damaged in a gear up landing at Winslow, Arizona in August 1992. David Price, Liberty Aero Corp, and the Museum Of Flying at Santa Monica, California acquired it on November 6, 1995 and traded it to the Commemorative Air Force in September 2002. Vintage Fighters LLC of Corona del Mar, California registered it as NL7723C on June 10, 2005. It is powered by a pair of Allison V-1710 twelve-cylinder engines.

General Motors TBM-3E Avenger N28SF Grumman designed TBM-3E Avenger N28SF was built by General Motors. It has been registered to Charles Wentworth of Paso Robles, California since August 1995. It was assigned U. S. Navy BuNo 85983 but was delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy as 374. Simsbury Flying Service of Simsbury, Connecticut registered it as N4039A. Miramichi Air Service registered it as C-FBEG in May 1974. Hicks & Lawrence limited of St. Thomasl, Ontario operated it as tanker #1 and named it Yogi Bear. Syracuse Flying Service of Syracuse, Kansas gave it its current registration in November 1985. C & C Corporation of Rialto, California bought it in 1987. It is powered by a Wright R-2600 Twin Cyclone two-bank, 14-cylinder radial engine.

Fairey Firefly AS-6 N518WB Fairey Firefly AS-6 N518WB has been registered to Edward Kurdziel of Del Mar, California since February 2003. It was built in 1950 and is a veteran of the Korean War. It flew for the Royal Australian Navy as WB518 and still carries that ID. The K on the tail denotes that this Firefly came off the HMAS Sydney. Its Fairey construction number is F.8646. For a while, it was displayed on a pole at Griffith, New South Wales. Classic Aviation Pty Limited of Bankstown, NSW acquired it in 1991. It was restored using parts of Firefly WD828. It is powered by a Rolls Royce Griffin V-12 engine.

Hawker Sea Fury T Mk. 20 NX20SF Dreadnought Hawker Sea Fury T Mk. 20 NX20SF Dreadnought was delivered in 1957 as VZ368. It was transferred to the Burmese Air Force as UB-451. Frank Sanders acquired it in 1979 and registered it as N20SF in July 1983. It was modified with a Pratt & Whitney R4360 Wasp Major four-bank, 28-cylinder radial engine, named Dreadnought, and given race number 8. It first flew with its new engine on August 6, 1983. It has adopted the identity of crashed Sea Fury VZ350.

Pratt & Whitney R4360 Wasp Major Pratt & Whitney R4360 Wasp Major four-bank, 28-cylinder radial engine of Hawker Sea Fury T Mk. 20 NX20SF Dreadnought.

Hawker Sea Fury Mk. 11, N19SF Argonought Hawker Sea Fury Mk. 11, N19SF Argonought was originally delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy. Frank Sanders of Chino acquired it in 1970 and used parts from it for other restoration projects. It was transferred to Frank's son Brian and Sanders Aircraft Incorporated in 1990. It was rebuilt based on the cockpit section of Sea Fury TG114 (former N232J) which was itself restored from parts of VR918 and VR919. Its Bristol Centaurus engine was replaced with a Wright R-3350 Duplex Cyclone two-bank, 18-cylinder radial engine. It first flew after restoration on July 30, 1994. It was named Argonought and assigned race number 16. It was registered N19SF, which was previously assigned to a different Sea Fury that crashed at Harlingen, Texas on October 9, 1981.

North American T-28D Fennec N632NA North American T-28D Fennec N632NA was ordered by the Air Force as T-28A, 51-7632. It was converted to T-28D standard by replacing its R-1300 radial engine with a Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9-cylinder radial engine, adding a ventral speed brake, and installing provisions for guns and carrying ordnance. It was diverted to L'Armee de l'Air as Fennec No. 1 in 1959. Its construction number is 174-485. It spent some time in the service of the Moroccan Air Force as CN-AEP. It was transferred to the FA Honduras as FAH-227 in 1978. It was registered in Honduras as HR-226A. Courtesy Aircraft Incorporated of Rockford, Illinois gave it its current registration in September 1985. William S. Sullivan of Verona, New Jersey bought it in 1987 and sold it to DMS Management of Manchester, New Hampshire in 1989. It has been registered to Warbird Aircraft LLC of San Diego, California since October 26, 2000.

Republic P-47G razorback Thunderbolt N3395G Spirit of Atlantic City NJ 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.

Curtiss Warhawk Mk. 1 N940AK Curtiss Warhawk Mk. 1 N940AK is restored as P-40E 41-13521. It was built for the Royal Air Force as AK940, but it was diverted to the Royal Canadian Air Force, which it served as 1058. It was restored in New Zealand. It has been registered to Banta Aviation Corporation of Dover, Delaware since May 24, 2001. It is powered by an Allison V-1710 V-12 engine.

Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk. 1A NX94466 Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk. 1A NX94466 was delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force as 1057. Its Curtiss construction number is 15404. After retirement from the RCAF, it was acquired by a farmer in Champion, Alberta. It was possessed in turn by Bob Warden of Calgary, Neil Rose of Vancouver, Washington, and George Perez of Pacifica, California. John R. Paul of Alamo, California registered it as N94466 in December 1966. It made its first post restoration flight at Livermore, California in 1970. It was leased to the Old Flying Machine Company of Duxford on June 17, 1984. At Duxford it flew as SU-E Sneak Attack. John R. Paul and the Warhawk Air Museum of Boise, Idaho acquired it in April 1989. It appeared in the movie Pearl Harbor. It has been registered to Kitty Hawk LLC of Meridian, Idaho since June 2002. It is powered by an Allison V-1710 V-12 engine.

Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat N7825C Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat N7825C flew for the US Navy as BuNo 122674. Its Grumman construction number is D.1227. It was built in 1948. E. Weiner of Los Angeles registered it under its current tail number in 1958. It was bought by Leo Demeers of Aurora, Oregon in 1963. Richard Tobey of Newport Beach, California in acquired it in 1966 and then sold it to Paul Finefrock of Hobart, Oklahoma in 1969. Gary Levitz picked it up later that year. It has belonged to the Confederate Air Force since 1972. It underwent a major rebuild from 1989 to 1991. It made its first flight after the rebuild on December 17, 1991. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine.

Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless NX670AM 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.

Vought F4U-1A Corsair NX83782 Vought F4U-1A Corsair NX83782 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. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine.

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat NX30FG Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat NX30FG has been registered to Chino Warbirds since 1991. Its Grumman construction number is A-3196. Its Navy BuNo was 41930. It first appeared on the civil register as N6096C in 1963. Its registration changed to N103V in 1965. From 1972 to 1990 it was displayed at the Champlin Fighter Museum at Falcon Field near Mesa, Airzona. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine.

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, N103V at the Champlin Fighter Museum on December 31, 1981 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat N103V at the Champlin Fighter Museum on December 31, 1981.
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat NX30FG In recent years, F6F-3 NX30FG was restored as a Royal Navy Hellcat.

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat N1078Z Minsi III Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat N1078Z Minsi III carries Grumman construction number A-5634 and flew for the US Navy as BuNo 70222. John Sandberg recovered it from the Fergus Falls Airport in Minnesota in 1962. It was subsequently owned by Lloyd Nolan and Ed Messick. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine.

North American A-36A Apache NL251A North American A-36A Apache NL251A carries construction number 97-15949. It flew for the Army Air Force as 42-83731. Jack P. Hardwick of El Monte, California acquired it in 1950 and stored it in his yard until 1975. Thomas L. Camp of Livermore, California bought it in 1975. Dick Martin of Carlsbad, California registered it as N50452 in August 1980. It made its first flight after restoration in 1982. Tom Friedkin, Cinema Air Incorporated, and Chino Warbirds Incorporated of Carlsbad, California registered it as N251A in 1983. It has been registered to Chino Warbirds since September 20, 1988. It was displayed at the Champlin Fighter Museumin Mesa, Arizona from 1991 to 1993 and than at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas from 1994 to 2001. It was taken to Duxford for the British airshow season on June 10, 2002. It returned to the United States in 2003 and recently returned to flight after extensive restoration. It is powered by an Allison V-1710 V-12 engine.

North American A-36A Apache NL251A North American A-36A Apache NL251A is displayed with its slotted airbrakes open above and below the wing.

A-36A Apache 42-83731 on display at the Champlin Fighter Museum on November 29, 1992.

North American P-51A-10NA Mustang NX4235Y Mrs Virginia North American P-51A-10NA Mustang NX4235Y Mrs Virginia carries construction number 99-22354 and served the Army Air Force as 43-6251. Cal Aero Technical Institute of Glendale, California acquired it in 1946 and sold it to Ed Maloney and The Air Museum at Claremont, California in 1953. It made its first flight after restoration to airworthy condition on August 19, 1981. It was formerly restored as Royal Air Force Apache AG470, RU-M and displayed at Valle, Arizona. It is powered by an Allison V-1710 V-12 engine.

P-51A-10NA Mustang, NX4235Y on static display in Royal Air Force colors at the Chino Airshow on May 20, 1984.

North American P-51C Mustang N51PR Princess Elizabeth is a composite airframe made from the wings of a P-51B and fuselage components from more than one P-51D. The construction number of the wings is 103-26778. It made its first flight on June 11, 1981. Peter Regina of Van Nuys, California registered it as N51PR. It flew as Shangri La. Joseph Kasparoff of Montebello, California acquired it in 1987, painted it red and flew it as The Believer, Race #97. Stephen Grey and The Fighter Collection had it shipped to Duxford, United Kingdom in 1996 where ii was restored as Princess Elizabeth. It was registered as G-PSIC on April 16, 1998. It returned to Pacific Fighters at Chino for restoration in November 1998 then went back to Duxford for reassembly in 2002. It flew again in 2005. Jim Beasley purchased it in December 2006 and had it shipped to Chino for rebuild. It was registered as N487FS on February 2, 2007. It has been registered to Commanche Fighters LLC of Houston, Texas since July 23, 2008. It is powered by an Allison V-1710 V-12 engine.

North American P-51B Mustang, N51PR Shangri La This Mustang was restored as P-51B-5 43-6913 Shangri La, which was flown by Don Gentile of the 336th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Group, when it appeared at the Chino airshow on May 20, 1984. Gentile shot down at least 21 enemy airplanes and destroyed about nine on the ground. On April 13, 1944, Gentile was the ranking ace in the 8th Air Force. He buzzed Debden Airfield in Shangri La for the benefit of a gathering of reporters, but he inadvertantly struck the ground, and the plane never flew again.

North American P-51C Mustang, N51PR The Believer This Mustang was painted as The Believer, N51PR Race #97 when it visited the Santa Barbara Airport on January 7, 1990.

North American P-51D Mustang NL351MX February North American P-51D Mustang NL351MX February. P-51D NL351MX was delivered to the US Army Air Corps as 44-74391 on May 23, 1945. Its construction number is 122-40931. It was stored at the 4003rd AAF Base Unit ATC in New Jersey later in 1945. In February 1947, it was assigned to the 4121st AAF Base Unit at Kelly AFB, Texas. In January 1948, it was transferred to the 113th Fighter Squadron of the Indiana Air National Guard at Stout Field in Indianapolis. In October 1950, it was assigned to the 156th Fighter Squadron of the North Carolina Air National Guard at Charlotte. A month later it was transferred to the 123rd Fighter Bomber Wing of the Tactical Air Command at Goodman Air Force Base, Kentucky. In December 1951, it was assigned to the 21st Fighter Bomber Squadron TAG at George Air Force Base, California. In January 1953, it was transfered to the 21st Fighter Bomber Squadron TAG at George Air Force Base and then to the 124th Fighter Bomber Squadron of the California Air National Guard at George Air Force Base in May 1953. In June 1955, it was assigned to the 169th Fighter Bomber Squadron of the Illinois Air National Guard at Greater Peoria Airport. In October 1956, it was stored at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, California. It was dropped from US Air Force inventory in April 1958 and purchased by the Guatemalan Air Force as FAG 351. Don Bull of Sugarland, Texas registered it as N38229 in August 1972 and sold it to Connie and Wilson C. Edwards of Big Spring, Texas in 1978. Heber Costello and HEC Equipment LLC of Oak Grove, Louisiana acquired it on June 5, 2000 and sold it to Chris and Woodson Woods of Woods Aviation in Carefree, Arizona in October 2000. It was registered as N351MX in 2001. Art Vance took it aloft on its first flight following restoration in February 2003. It flies as February, the mount of Jim Brooks, who flew with the 307th Fighter Squadron of the 31st Fighter Group of the 15th Air Force.

North American P-51D Mustang NL351MX February North American P-51D Mustang NL351MX February

North American P-51D Mustang NL7TF Double Trouble Two North American P-51D Mustang NL7TF Double Trouble Two. This was the first time that I photographed it.

North American P-51D Mustang N7551T Hell-er Bust North American P-51D Mustang N7551T Hell-er Bust. This was the first time that I photographed it.

North American P-51D Mustang G-CBNM Twilight Tear North American P-51D Mustang G-CBNM Twilight Tear. This was the first time that I photographed it.

North American P-51D Mustang N2580 Six Shooter North American P-51D Mustang N2580 Six Shooter is owned by Charles Hall of Madison, Montana. It has been registered N2580 since January 1996. It is a Cavalier Mk2 conversion. Its military serial was revised to 67-22580. It was supplied to FA Boliviana as FAB 520 in 1968. Arny Carnegie of Edmonton, Alberta registered it in Canada as C-GXUQ in 1977. It was owned by Neil McClain and operated by McClain Flight Services of Strathmore, Alberta from 1978 to 1984. It was registered in the United States as N151RK by Richard Korff of Lockport, New York in 1986. It carries the fictitious serial number 422850.

North American P-51D Mustang NL7722C North American P-51D Mustang NL7722C was delivered to the Army Air Force as 44-73420. Its construction number is 122-39879. Michael E. Coutches and American Aircraft Sales Company of Hayward, California registered it as N7722C on February 17, 1958. Ronald E. West and West Foods Incorporated of Soquel, California acquired it in 1958 and sold it to Richard B. McFarlane on July 21, 1958. Donald G. Bell of Livermore, California bought it on August 25, 1958 and sold it to Robert G. Bixler of San Jose, California in October 1965. Robert H. Phillips of Phoenix, Arizona acquired it on March 1971 and sold it to Rob Satterfield of Aaron F. Giebel and Dallas L. Smith of Midland, Texas on September 9, 1978. Rob Satterfield and Dallas L. Smith of Midland bought it in 1983 and sold it to Dallas L. Smith of Midland in 1990. Brian Hore and Alpine Fighter Collection of Wanaka, New Zealand acquired it in 1993 and registered it as ZK-PLI. It flew as Flew as Isabell II of the 357th Fighter Group. Jack Croul and Aircorp/Pursuit LLC of Corona Del Mar, California registered it as N7722C again on December 7, 2005.

North American P-51D Mustang NL50FS La Pisolera North American P-51D Mustang NL50FS La Pisolera. This was the first time that I photographed it.

North American P-51D Mustang N151MW Lady Alice North American P-51D Mustang N151MW Lady Alice was delivered to the Army Air Force as 45-11633. Its construction number is 124-48386. William G. Lacy and Lacy Steel Incorporated of Honolulu, Hawaii registered it as N5413V in 1963. It was damaged in a ground accident at Honolulu in 1972. Lady Alice Corporation of Wilmington, Delaware registered it as N151MW on August 26, 1999. It has been registered to Wagner P-51 Corporation since September 12, 2006.

North American P-51D Mustang N251BP Buzzin Cuzzin North American P-51D Mustang N251BP Buzzin Cuzzin. This was the first time that I photographed it.

North American P-51D Mustang N251BP Buzzin Cuzzin North American P-51D Mustang N251BP Buzzin Cuzzin

North American P-51D Mustang NL451TB Kimberly Kaye North American P-51D Mustang NL451TB Kimberly Kaye has been registered to Banta Aviation Corporation of Dover Delaware since February 2001. It served the Army Air Corps as 45-11559. It was transferred to the FA Salvadorena as FAS-401 in September 1968. Flaherty Factors Incorporated of Monterey, California registered it as N34FF on November 1, 1974. It swapped identities with 44-11153 when it returned to the United States. Clark Motor Company of State College, Pennsylvnia bought it in 1983 and re-registered it as N51WE in September 1985. It crashed near State College, Pennsylvnia on March 7, 1988, killing William Clark. It was restored to airworthy condition, making its first flight on March 22, 2003.

North American P-51D Mustang NL5441V Spam Can North American P-51D Mustang NL5441V Spam Can has belonged to the Planes of Fame Air Museum since June 1957. It flew for the Army Air Force as 45-11582 and it still wears that number on its tail.

North American P-51D Mustang NL7715C Wee Willy North American P-51D Mustang NL7715C Wee Willy II is owned by Steve Hinton and registered NL7715C. This Mustang was reconstructed in part from the wreckage of the Red Baron RB-51 racer, once the fastest piston powered aircraft in the world. Its original serial was 44-84961, but it carries 413334 on its tail. The Air Force disposed of it at McClellan Air Force Base, California in 1958. It was purchased by Capitol Airways of Nashville, Tennessee and registered as N7715C. In July 1964 it was acquired by Charles Willis Jr., Frank Lynitt, and Charles Hall of Seattle, Washington. They raced it as #5, first named Red Baron, then Miss RJ". Gunther Balz of Kalamazoo, Michigan bought it in July 1971 and changed its name to Roto-Finish, keeping race number 5. John Sliker of Wadley, Georgia picked it up in October 1973, but sold it to Ed Browning of Brownings Incorporated in Idaho Falls the following February. Brownings Inc. installed a Rolls Royce Griffon engine with contra-rotating propellers and called it the "Red Baron" RB-51. It first flew with the Griffon engine on March 6, 1975. It set the world's piston engined speed record of 499.018 miles per hour on August 14, 1979. It crashed with Steve Hinton at the controls at the Reno Air Races that September. Hinton survived the crash. Richard Ransofer of Grapevine, Texas acquired the wreckage in 1980. Steve Hinton and Fighter Rebuilders at Chino used portions of the "Red Baron" wreck and P-51D, 44-73053 to reconstruct "Wee Willy II". It first flew after reconstruction in September 1985. Some of the hulk of the RB-51 was acquired by Terry and Bill Rogers of Sherman, Texas in 1989 to be used in another Griffon powered race conversion, but Rogers' efforts were diverted into the rebuilding of Vendetta into Miss Ashley II

RB-51 Red Baron Mustang, N7715C at the Mojave Air Races on June 20, 1975 RB-51 Red Baron Mustang, N7715C at the Mojave Air Races on June 20, 1975.

Curtiss P-40N Warhawk NL85104 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk NL85104 flew for 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 nd 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.

Vertol H-21B Shawnee N64606 Vertol H-21B Shawnee N64606 flew for the Army as 54-4001. It is registered to the Classic Rotors Museum at the Ramona Airport.

Northrop N9MB Flying Wing 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. This is its first performance at the airshow since 2004.

Silver Wings Stearman B75N1 N450SR Silver Wings Stearman B75N1 N450SR is piloted by Hartley Folstad and carries wing walker Margaret Stivers. It carries construction number 75-7016 and was built in 1942. It has been registered to Stearman Restorations Incorporated of Cottage Grove, Oregon since June 25, 1986.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9563Z Fuddy Duddy Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9563Z Fuddy Duddy was delivered to the U. S. Army Air Corps as 44-83563. It was modified to a CB-17G cargo transport and then to a VB-17G VIP transport. It was acquired by American Compressed Steel of Cincinnati, Ohio on August 18, 1959. Aero American Corporation of Tucson, Arizona acquired it on May 9, 1960 and gave it its current registration. Columbia Pictures Incorporated of New York leased it on October 11, 1961 to use it in the movie The War Lover. In the movie it portrayed B-17F, 41-27742. It departed the United Kingdom on May 16, 1962. It spent some time in storage at Ryan Field, Arizona. Aviation Specialties Incorporated of Mesa, Arizona bought it on February 2, 1963 and operated it as tanker e24, c24, #24, and #89. It was flown to Hawaii in January 1969 to appear in the movie Tora Tora Tora. Globe Air Incorporated of Mesa, Arizona acquired it on February 18, 1981. The National Warplane Museum at Horseheads, New York bought it in October 1985. It has been registered to Martin Aviation of Santa Ana, California since January 13, 2006.

B-17G-85-DL, N9563Z tanker 89 B-17G-85-DL N9563Z tanker 89 taxies out of the Goleta tanker station on July 30, 1980.

Focke Wulf Flugzeugbau FW 190A-9 N190RF Focke Wulf Flugzeugbau FW 190A-9 N190RF was recently manufactured. Its construction number is 980 574. It has been registered to Frasca International Incorporated since March 24, 2010.

North American B-25J Mitchell Pacific Princess North American B-25J Mitchell 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. It is powered by a pair of Wright R-2600 Twin Cyclone two-bank, 14-cylinder radial engines.

North American B-25J Mitchell, N9856C Pacific Princess at Pt. Mugu NWC on October 16, 1982 North American B-25J Mitchell N9856C Pacific Princess at Pt. Mugu NWC on October 16, 1982. It was painted as a Navy PBJ and did not yet have a dorsal turret.

North American B-25J Mitchell N125PF North American B-25J Mitchell N125PF served the US ARmy Air Corps as 44-30456 and its construction number is 108-33731. This was the first time that I photographed it. It has been registered to Lewis Aeronautical LLC of San Antonio, Texas since January 23, 2008. It is restored as a Soviet Air Force lend lease Mitchell. It is powered by a pair of Wright R-2600-35 Twin Cyclone two-bank, 14-cylinder radial engines.

Lockheed 18-56 Lodestar N250JR Lockheed 18-56 Lodestar N250JR landed as I was shooting the static displays. It was built in 1942. It has been registered to Wiley Sanders Jr. since May 12, 1988. It is powered by a pair of Wright C9HD radial engines.



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2009 Planes of Fame Airshow at Chino Flying Displays , page 2 Flying Displays , page 2: Army Air Corps Flybys, The Horsemen  - P-51 Mustang Aerobatics, Air Racing Flybys, Korean Air War

2009 Planes of Fame Airshow at Chino Flying Displays , page 3 Flying Displays , page 3: F-16 Demonstration, USAF Heritage Flight, Brian Sanders Sea Fury Aerobatics, P-51 Mustangs,USAF C-17 Globemaster III Demo Flight


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