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The "Planes of Fame" annual airshow at Chino can surely be rated as one of America's premiere warbird airshows. This is owned to the great collection of flyable warbirds of the "Planes of Fame" itself, and to the many interesting visitors that are attracted by this event. 2013 for example saw the outstanding happening of 5 Lockheed P-38 Lightning flying together in the air.

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Where? Chino, California, USA
When? 04-05/05/2013

"Lightning strikes Chino" was the main theme of the "Planes of Fame" (PoF) airshow in 2013, and Steve Hinton raised the bar very high with the aim to bring all six airworthy P-38 Lightnings to Chino. The "fork-tailed devil" is getting a rare breed in the airshow world, however in the US they seem to encounter a better "living environment" than elsewhere. So seeing at least some of them meant travelling to Chino, California – and believe me, there are things for worse than California at the beginning of May… Though the days were quite chilly with a cold wind from the Pacific ocean and Sunday was cloudy with some slight rain, the showday on Saturday was splendid with lots of action in the air!

1Chino Static 8860 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Chino Static 8860 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Lightnings 9627 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8457 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8853 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8876 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 9803 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 0870 Zeitler 700 470 90
Chino So 0870 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 8449 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 8535 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 8840 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 8891 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 8924 Zeitler 100 67 85

The flying displays of this outstanding show started with a mixed formation of delights of the "Planes of Fame" collection: bringing the F-86, P-51, P-40 and P-26 in close formation for the fly-by required all of the pilots skills, and it was such a great sight! Especially seeing the sole airworthy Boeing P-26A Peashooter performing was well worth the wait until the flying finally started.

Chino Formation 0565 Zeitler 700 470 90
Chino Formation 0565 Zeitler 100 67 85
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In the end there were 6 P-38 Lightnings at Chino, one however was a static example and "23 Skidoo", "Honey Bunny", "Thoughts of Midnite", "Tangerine" and "Glacier Girl" were those to perform in front of an amazed crowd.

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Chino So 8957 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 9196 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Of course the P-38J "23 Skidoo" was a safe bet as it is with the "Planes of Fame" collection and also the P-38L "Honey Bunny" of the Vintage Fighters of Jack Croul is based at Chino. "Thoughts of Midnite" is another L-Version and was brought by the "Comanche Fighters" of Tom and Dan Freidkin from Texas to California. P-38L "Tangerine" of the Tillamook Air Museum from Oregon made it literally in the last minute after finishing an extensive restoration job and the P-38F "Glacier Girl" might be most famous of them all due to its history of recovering it from the ice after 50 years.

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1Chino Formation 0916 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Formation 0112 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Formation 0337 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Formation 9176 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Heritage Flight 9155 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Lightnings 0331 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Lightnings 0343 Zeitler 700 470 90
Chino Lightnings 0343 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Lightnings 0358 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Lightnings 0359 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Lightnings 8727 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Lightnings 9314 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Lightnings 9620 Zeitler 100 67 85

Apart from that the show was setup of different showpieces focusing on some historical event with the intervention of US aircraft.

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Chino Jets 8439 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino MiG 15 0138 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Chino T 33 8438 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino T 33 8513 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino A1 Skyraider 0131 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Chino A1 Skyraider 9774 Zeitler 100 67 85

The US naval aviation for example was represented by Sea Furys, a Dauntless, Corsairs, Bearcat, a Hellcat and two TBM Avengers. For the pre-war era the PoF-owned and very rare J2F "Flying Duck" as well as the "Flying Barrel" F3F flew during the week-end.

Chino F3F 2 Flying Barrel 8487 Zeitler 700 470 90
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Chino F3F 2 Flying Barrel 9692 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino J2F 8415 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Navy 8885 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino P 26 8412 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino P 26 8880 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Chino Wildcat 9632 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Chino Wildcat 9632 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Catalina 9789 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Corsair 9843 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Navy 0638 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Navy 8934 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Wildcat 9641 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Chino Avenger 9675 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Chino Avenger 9675 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Avenger 9066 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Avenger 9646 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Avenger 9943 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Bearcat 9655 Zeitler 100 67 85

A Mitsubishi Zero did represent the "bad guys" in the Pacific scenario, and it has to be hoped that for the next event the "Judy" will be flying as well. In 2013 it was only taxiing by, but for sure it will be a great addition to the Japanese fleet of the PoF!

1Chino Japan 9555 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Chino Japan 9555 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Japan 9390 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Judy 9060 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Navy 0673 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8491 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Zero 9956 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino B 25 0268 Zeitler 700 470 90
Chino B 25 0268 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Chino is also one of the few places to see one of the FlugWerk-rebuild FW190 in the air. This one of course flew in the "European theatre" together with other USAAF warbirds. Unfortunately the "Butcher Bird" was a bit of range, while numerous P-51 Mustangs performed furious fly-bys to please the crowd.

1Chino FW190 9964 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Chino FW190 9964 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino FW190 8425 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino FW190 9603 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino FW190 9993 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino P 51 0206 Zeitler 700 470 90
Chino P 51 0206 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino P 51 0245 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Chino P 40 0194 Zeitler 700 470 90
Chino P 40 0194 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino P 40 8609 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino P 40 9770 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino P 47 8774 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Chino Static 9720 Zeitler 100 67 85

And what else could be seen at the Planes of Fame airshow? The unique Northrop N9M "Flying Wing" was its own program item and is a sight to remember, a Catalina flying boat in splendid colours made its way to the show and even a very rare Privateer was in the air, even if only on departure on Sunday afternoon.

1Chino N9M 0459 Zeitler 700 470 90
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2Chino N9M 9321 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino N9M 0456 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino N9M 0458 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino N9M 9341 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 0864 Zeitler 700 470 90
Chino So 0864 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 8962 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 8965 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 9511 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 9567 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 9751 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Sea Fury 0124 Zeitler 700 470 90
Chino Sea Fury 0124 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Sea Fury 0253 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Sea Fury 9769 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Chino PB4Y Privateer 9851 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Chino PB4Y Privateer 9851 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino PB4Y Privateer 8756 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino T 6 Aerobatics 0534 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Wingwalking 9724 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Chino So 9864 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Chino So 9864 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 8845 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 9372 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino So 9399 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 0608 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8432 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8403 Zeitler 700 470 90
Chino Static 8403 Zeitler 100 67 85
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Chino Static 8543 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8545 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8556 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8766 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8795 Zeitler 100 67 85
Chino Static 8820 Zeitler 100 67 85

Thus if you have been to many shows at Duxford, La Ferté-Alais or elsewhere, you should surely give the "Planes of Fame" event a try as well!

To get more Information about the "Planes of Fame" future Events visit their website at planesoffame.org

 

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