Planes of Fame Museum

 


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We visited this museum in nearby Chino in 2003. Since that time they have opened a few new hangers. The museum now has about 150 planes of which 50 are flyable. Because of that it is not unusual to see a drip pan underneath to catch oil. Not only does the museum have an excellent collection of US built planes they also have the largest collection of Japanese built WWII planes in the world.

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They also have a second museum in Valle Arizona, just south of the Grand Canyon. There were over 300,000 aircraft produced by the allies during the war. After WWII was over people wanted to put the war behind them and forget it. Most of the planes that saved the free world ended up being sold for the scrap value of the aluminum. Many of the planes at the museum are the sole survivors of their type.

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In October of 2009, another new hangar was dedicated. It was built by the famous 475th Fighter Group to store their memorabilia, as well as house the Museumís rare Lockheed P-38 Lightning. it is in the picture in the lower left corner. The day we were there the place was crawling with people working on planes and all happy to share information. There were even a few pilots who had flown missions in WWII there. It turns out it was their volunteer appreciation day and they had a lunch for them.

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