May 19-20, 2007
Pre-Airshow Photo Report
Story and photos by: Victor Archer
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May 19 & 20 The Planes of Fame Air
Museum will be putting on their 51st annual air show.
The Air Museum always puts together something special
and this year’s feature “Lightning Strikes!” will be a
very special and rare sight indeed. The Lockheed P-38
Lightning was one of the most famous and now rare
fighter planes of World War II and thanks to the museum
you will get to see three P-38 Lightning's flying in
formation together. A special Thank you to Steve Hinton,
Mark Foster, Frank Mormillo and John Maloney for
allowing us to get a sneak peek at “23 Skidoo” the
museums own P-38.
There will be a “Grumman Ironworks
Flight” with a F3F Flying Barrel, FM2 Wildcat, F6F
Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat and a TBM Avenger
followed by a classic wing walking performance from
Silver Wings featuring pilot Hartley Folstad and wing
walker Margi Stivers with their Stearman biplane.
Aircraft of WW11, The Planes of Fame
will bring out a big group of warbirds for their
“Pacific Air Battle". Aircraft in this group will be a
Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, Grumman Wildcat
& Hellcat, Douglas Dauntless, Chance Vought F4U Corsair,
Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Lockheed P-38
Lightning and the North American P-51 Mustang.
Personally I don’t think the Zero has a chance here,
hopefully one more will join in. Following the air war
in the Pacific there will be a dynamic aerobatic routine
from Rob Harrison the “Tumbling Bear“flying his Zlin 50.
During a short break for lunch there
will be a ground combat demonstration from military
re-enactors and a Sherman tank. After the break we will
move into the “Korean Air War” with aircraft such as the
Stinson L-5 Sentinel, North American T-6 Texan & F-51
Mustang’s, Chance Vought F4U Corsair, Lockheed T-33
Shooting Star and also a great tail chase between a
North American F-86 Sabre and a Mig 15.
The US Navy Tactical Demonstration
Team will be showcasing their F-18 Super Hornet followed
by a USN Legacy flight with the F-18 and a F8F Bearcat.
After that we’ll all be in for a real treat, Brian
Sanders will put on his Sea Fury aerobatic routine. With
smoke generators on the wingtips Brian really puts the
Sea Fury through an amazing performance. It’s more like
watching a military style tactical demonstration with a
Sea Fury than aerobatics.
Next, something only seen at Chino's
air show, the mass air power formation flight, this
group usually has over thirty aircraft flying at one
time. The USAF F-15 Strike Eagle Tactical Demonstration
team will take to the sky next. The F-15 Strike Eagle is
a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and
air-to-ground missions at low altitude, day or night,
and in all weather. You might want to grab some earplugs
for this demonstration because you're guaranteed to see
and hear plenty of afterburning action. After the
demonstration the F-15 will be joined by a P-51 Mustang
and a P-38 Lightning for the USAF Heritage Flight.
Moving up in the air war campaigns to
the air war over Vietnam with aircraft like the OV-1
Mohawk, AD Skyraiders, O-1 Bird Dogs, T-28's and Huey
helicopters. This Demonstration will take us up to the
end of another amazing air show from the Planes of Fame
Many more aircraft, military vehicles
and aviation related items will also be on hand as
static displays for up-close inspection by the public.
For the truly adventurous, there will even be
opportunities to experience the thrill of orientation
flights in genuine warbirds. Food, beverage and
memorabilia vendors will also be available to help make
the experience even more enjoyable.
Gates Open at 8AM on both days.
Flying begins at 11:15am and lasts till about 4pm.
ADMISSION: Adults - $20 Ages 5-11 - $5 Ages under 5 are
For advanced tickets or more information on the show
The very first permanent air museum in
the American West and a pioneer in the concept of
restoring display aircraft to flying condition and the
Planes of Fame Air Museum is celebrating its 51st
anniversary this year. Staffed primarily by a core of
dedicated volunteers its operations are funded primarily
by donations and admission fees. The Museum also has a
special membership program available to the public, with
one of the benefits of membership being the opportunity
to experience the thrill of orientation flights in
For more information about The Air
Museum 'Planes of Fame' and its other events, please
call (909) 597-3722; or visit the 'Planes of Fame'
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