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2004 Planes of Fame Air Museum Air Show
Chino, California, May 15-16, 2004
Photo Report
Story and photos by:
Bill Pearce
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Something special will be in the air over southern California on the weekend of May 15th. Actually there will be many special things in the air and lucky for us, they will all be over the Chino airport, about 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is time for the Planes of Fame Airshow 2004.

On both May 15 and 16, everything from jets to biplanes will be featured on the ground and in the air. Gates open at 8 AM. The show begins at 11:30 and runs till 4:00. The Chino airport will be open for normal fight traffic before 11:30, a 25-minute window from 1:40-2:05, and will reopen at 4:00.

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Some of the highlights will include:

  • A special Pacific Air Battle between FM-2 Wildcats, Zeros, and P-38 Lightning. First the Zero and the Wildcats will go after each other. The Zero’s maneuverability will give it the upper hand until the Lightning arrives
  • The P-38 National Association reunion, a group of WWII P-38 fighter pilots, will be attending the air show
  • D-Day Invasion Aircraft Display with Mustangs, Spitfires, B-25 Mitchells, P-47 Thunderbolts, Hurricane, and Avenger
  • Northrop N9M Flying Wing Performance
  • Korean Air War F-86 Sabre and MiG 15 Tail Chase
  • Navy Flight - SBD Dauntless, FM-2 Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat, Skyraider, F4U Corsair, and Sea Fury
  • Tailhook Legacy Flight and USAF Heritage Flight
  • British Fighter Aerobatics Display
  • Air Power Formation Flight featuring a massive number of Warbirds!
  • United States Air Force F-16 Viper Tactical Demonstration
  • P-51 Mustang Aerobatics Display by Steve Hinton
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General admission tickets will be $15 each, tickets for children 5 to 11 will be $5 each, and children under 5 will be admitted free of charge. There is also a $2 off coupon available at the Airshow 2004 website http://www.planesoffame.org/airshow04.html. Advance discount tickets are available for $10 each directly from The Air Museum "Planes of Fame". Ample free parking will be available.

For more information please visit www.planesoffame.com or call (909) 597-3722. For information specific to Airshow 2004, including a complete schedule please visit www.planesoffame.org/airshow04.html.

There will be aircraft at Airshow 2004 that can only be seen at Airshow 2004. Between the flights, the static displays, and the Air Museum, there will be something for every aviation enthusiast. You will not want to miss this one.

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