A Visit to Chino
Planes of Fame
Navy Hangar, Chino Airport, Chino California
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A Nice Day
for a Drive (Part Two)...|
It is another perfect southern California day, and I am
participating in a great American tradition.
Different countries have different rites of passage according to
their history and their culture. Some sail the seas. Some climb
mountains. In the United States, there is the Road Trip. Sometimes
the journey is the purpose and the destination is unimportant. But
today, my 50 mile road trip east of Los Angeles is for a specific
reason - a visit to Chino Airport and the Planes of Fame Museum.
Some of HyperScale's regulars invited me to join them for
breakfast at Flo's Restaurant on the grounds of Chino Airport. After
a thoroughly enjoyable start to the day involving large amounts of
cholesterol and a side serving of good conversation, we struck off
on a tour of the flightline, the hangars and the Museums.
(L to R) Robert Carr's son, Kelly Jamison, Dave Kovach, Gregg
Cooper, Robert Karr
and Tom Cleaver under the shade of an A-4 Aggressor.
Chino Airport was the final resting place for hundreds (if not
thousands) of the hulks of unwanted WWII aircraft. Rows of
Marauders, B-25s, Liberators and scores more aircraft types were
first stored then disassembled and scrapped here. The legacy of this
Warbird graveyard is an airport littered with airframe carcasses;
either abandoned or, later, brought here for cannibalisation or
restoration. There is a surprise in every direction. An F-100 here.
Four SAAB Viggens there. Hellcat Fuselages. Several F-14s. And we
have not even checked the hangars yet!
Several restoration and display facilities operate at Chino. The
photos on this page are a brief summary of some of the sights, but a
few more detailed Reference Galleries on specific subjects will be
posted in the coming weeks.
Whether you are interested in WWI, "Golden Age", WWII, Post-War
or Modern aircraft; whether you prefer pristine restorations or
authentic wrecks in original condition, there will be plenty for the
aircraft enthusiast to see. The aircraft were fabulous, the company
was great and the day was unforgettable.
As I was heading back into Los Angeles passing Anaheim, it struck
me that Disneyland is not just a place but also a state of mind.
After today, Chino is now near the top of my list as a personal "Magic
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
My thanks to
Gregg Cooper, Tom Cleaver, Kelly Jamison, Brian Criner and son, Dave
Kovach and Robert Karr and son, for participating in a great day.
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Created 27 July 2002
11 August 2002
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