Planes of Fame 50th Anniversary
by Tom Cleaver
The Air Museum, Planes of Fame, celebrated it's 50th
Anniversary at Chino this past Saturday, January 6. The Museum is the oldest
privately-owned air museum in the world, and is a world leader in the
restoration of aircraft to flight status.
After three days of heavy winds and cool temperatures
across Southern California, the winds were calm and the day warmed up to about
75F, making it perfect for the extended flying displays put on. The star
performer of the day was the Boeing P-26A, the only one of its kind left in
the world that flies. 2006 was the first year the airplane had flown since
1983. The Museum's P-38J is one of only three P-38s left that are flyable.
The Museum has had a big year, with new hangars finished
and bigger displays put on. For those who have been there before, the news
that there are four new state-of-the-art restroom facilities will be welcome