The Planes of Fame Air Museum is one of our favorite air museums around. We love visiting the museum as well as attending their annual airshow. The have two locations, their main one in Chino, California and a second one in Valle, Arizona. We have visited both locations many times. The Valle location used to have an annual fly-in that was absolutely awesome, but it is now the Chino location that keeps us coming back to see their collection and attend their airshow. And it is their upcoming 2019 airshow, commemorating the 75th D-Day anniversary, that we are looking forward to. We have been approved for media credentials, and we can't wait to cover the 2019 Planes of Fame Airshow!
The story of the Planes of Fame Air Museum is the story of one man’s vision.
Ed Maloney knew that protecting our aviation history was important. At a time when very few shared his foresight, he understood the need to preserve, inspire, educate, and honor the legacy of what was then an industry less than half a century old.
Today, his vision is reflected in the extensive collection of the Planes of Fame Air Museum, comprising aircraft and artifacts that might have been lost forever. His vision lives in roar and thunder of rare warbirds flying overhead to the delight of millions. Moreover, his vision perseveres through the efforts of our volunteers and staff to make the experience of each visitor to the Museum unique and memorable.
It begins with their mission.
The mission of the Planes of Fame Air Museum is to preserve aviation history, inspire an interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans.
On the surface, the mission is simple and straightforward. Four cornerstones – preserve, inspire, educate and honor – form the basis of everything they do.
Their efforts at preservation have assembled one of the most extensive collections of rare and historic aircraft in the world. They take this a step further by restoring many of these aircraft to flight. These meticulous restorations have saved some of history’s most precious aircraft. Putting them back in the sky allows new generations to appreciate our vast aviation heritage. These efforts continue on a daily basis at the Museum.
Inspiration takes many forms. The annual Airshow lets thousands see and hear historic warbirds, vintage aircraft, and aerobatic performers take to the skies. Their Aviation Discovery Center provides hands-on experiences that help Museum visitors gain appreciation for the wonder of flight. Through endeavors such as our Youth Programs, Student Art Contest and our College Scholarships, the goal is to kindle an interest with young people to the enticing field of aviation.
From guided tours, school field trips, and their stimulating monthly Living History presentations, the educational efforts of the Museum play an essential part of their ongoing activities. In order to better tell important stories from aviation’s rich history, they're integrating many of the Museum displays and graphic support with new levels of interactivity. Their Research Library and Model Room are knowledge centers dedicated to assisting in scholarly endeavors.
They recognize that the intellectual and physical contributions of the men and women who built this industry, and the veterans who advanced it through their service and sacrifices, are worthy of honor. The Museum presents its annual “Achievement in Aviation” award to individuals who exemplify the highest standards in aviation. Each month, their Kilroy Coffee Klatch says a simple “thanks” to veterans past and present. The 475th Fighter Group tribute, the Wright Flyer display, and the developing Korean War Memorial, further honor major contributions to aviation’s legacy.
It has been this way since the very beginning.
We are looking forward to covering the upcoming Planes of Fame airshow, and we are happy to be sharing their story and our photography!