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Thursday, June 7, 2018


For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeanette Knutti


Fathers Get Free Admission on Father’s Day

CHINO, CA – Yanks Air Museum, a local museum dedicated to exhibiting, preserving and restoring American aircraft, will fly its P-40E Warbird on Saturday, June 16th around 12PM. The museum has restored the aircraft back to its original condition and is thrilled to share its first post-restoration flight with the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and explore the museum’s impressive collection of American aircraft, including the P-51 Mustang which will have its cockpit open for attendees to climb aboard, as the exact takeoff time may vary.

The Curtiss P-40E Warbird is a single-engine, single-seat fighter aircraft. The popular shark mouth, well suited to the contours of the P-40, was made famous by the 1941 American Volunteer Group (AVG), also known as the “Flying Tigers.”

In addition to seeing the P-40 take flight, attendees will get to see a standalone Allison V-1710 aircraft engine operate to see the inner workings of the same robust engine that gives power to Yanks Air Museum’s P-40E Warbird and other famous aircraft like the Lockheed P-38 Lightning and the North American P-51 Mustang.

On Saturday, June 16th visitors can also tour the Super Constellation, a “top secret” aircraft known as the EC-121T Warning Star. Before satellites, this was America’s “big eye” in the sky keeping us safe from hostile intruders over her illustrious twenty plus year career.

The air museum is located at 7000 Merrill Ave #35-A270, Chino, CA 91710. General admission is $16 for adults and $5 for children which includes access to the full museum with over 200 aircraft on display. All fathers will receive free admission on Sunday, June 17th.

Yanks Air Museum offers events every 3rd Saturday of the month to feature a new aircraft. For more information, please visit www.YanksAir.org or call Yanks Air Museum at (909) 597-1735.


Check out a Cobra attack helicopter, or take a ride, at the Yanks Air Museum in Chino

Monday, May 14, 2018



(Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Source: Redland Daily Facts

The aircraft that helped make air warfare possible for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War is on display and available for flights to the public at the Chino Airport.

For the second year, the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation has its AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter, named the Black Pearl, stationed outside the Yanks Air Museum, 7000 Merrill Ave. #35-A270, through the summer.

“The purpose of displaying the aircraft and having people fly in it is to convey the history of Army aviation, primarily,” said Steve Lund, officer in charge of the Southern California detachment of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.

Built in 1967, the Cobra was developed from the Huey transport helicopter. It was the first purpose built helicopter gunship to enter military service, according to the foundation’s website.

It was the backbone of the Army’s attack aviation from its debut in South Vietnam until the 1980s and ’90s, when it was replaced by the AH-64 Apache, according to the foundation.

“The initial gunships we had were the short bodied Hueys with gun kits on them with maybe a third of the fire power. And they were slower, so the whole formation had to fly slower,” said Lund, who like other members of the detachment flew helicopters for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

“Once we had a dedicated gunship, the tactics were able to be changed forever more.”

While the Cobra was originally built according to military specifications, it has since been demilitarized and certified under Federal Aviation Administration rules to meet civilian requirements for flying and carrying passengers, said Andy Hoder, member of the Southern California detachment.

Those who wish to pay for a ride in the helicopter will ride in the gunner’s seat as the pilot takes them on a mock mission.

“You’ve got the guy in the back seat flying the aircraft and the passenger up front,” said Jim Davidson, member of the detachment. “It’s a one-on-one demonstration of what we can do, what we can’t do and how it was done in Vietnam.”

The helicopter is primarily based in Mesa, Ariz., but due to the hot summer weather, the foundation was in need of an alternate location.

The helicopter made its debut for its second summer season at the Planes of Fame Air Show at the Chino Airport May 5-6.

During its stay in Southern California, it will offer flights at the Chino Airport and make appearances at numerous other airshows.

“We’re going to do the airshow circuit again, show the people what we can do and give rides,” Davidson said. “We’ve had a lot of veterans come out with their families and say ‘I’ll take five rides’ and we start loading the people in and they fly. They just love it.”

The helicopter’s presence at the Yanks Air Museum adds a unique perspective, said James Noriega Jr., curator at the nonprofit museum that collects, restores and preserves historical American aircraft.

After checking out the Black Pearl, visitors can go inside the museum and see hundreds of other aircraft from the early days of aviation to modern day jets, including Vietnam and World War II-era aircraft, such as a Bell UH-1H Huey, a Lockheed P-38L Lightning and a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet, which flew with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demo team.

“The Yanks Air Museum and Army Aviation Heritage Foundation are both about educating the public about the service of the men and women who served our country,” Noriega said. “By coming together, it really creates a whole new perspective and allows us to benefit each other and see each others’ goals fulfilled.”

The Black Pearl will head to the Wings and Rotor Air Museum at the French Valley Airport in Murrieta May 19-20.

It will be at the Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show at Boys Republic in Chino Hills June 2 and the Western Museum of Flight at the Torrance Airport June 16.

It will appear at the Wings Over Camarillo Airshow Aug. 17-19.

Fly days are planned for July 14 and 28, Aug. 8, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22 at the Yanks Air Museum.

For more information or to schedule a flight call 480-217-1635 or visit https://armyav.org/arizona-so-cal/.



Sunday, April 8, 2018


The 2018 Planes of Fame Air Show is Scheduled for May 5th and 6th

CHINO, CA – Aviation enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that the lawsuit between Yanks Air Museum, Flying Tigers Aviation FBO, and Planes of Fame Air Museum has been settled and the air show will go on this year.

The settlement was reached with all parties interested in reuniting the aviation community. All parties have pledged to work together for the success of future air shows.

“We are happy to have reached an agreement so Planes of Fame Air Museum can bring to the aviation community one of the premier aviation events in the United States and the world,” stated Steve Hinton, President of Planes of Fame. “We are pleased that the tradition will continue as many in the aviation community from all over the world look forward to their annual trip to Chino for the air show,” he added.

“Yanks Air Museum has the world’s largest collection of historic all-American aircraft. Yanks was created to share aviation history with everyone and we look forward to displaying and flying the museum’s aircraft at our home in Chino,” said Charles Nichols, Founder of Yanks Air Museum.

“I’m glad we have settled the lawsuit and are looking forward to better serving the aviation community. I know with the additional support of Flying Tigers FBO and Yanks Air Museum, it will be the best air show ever and create a win-win for us all,” Michael Thayer, President of Flying Tigers, stated.

Each year the air show attracts thousands of visitors. With the lawsuit now settled, the county has approved May 5th and May 6th as the 2018 Planes of Fame Air Show dates.


Friday, May 19, 2017


CHINO, CA — A San Bernardino Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of allowing the lawsuit by a group of Chino Airport tenants against the Planes of Fame to go forward.  In a hearing held on May 17, Judge David Cohn found that the Chino Airport tenants had a probability of winning at trial on their claims for nuisance, trespass, and interference with the tenants’ businesses during the Air Show.

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Army Aviation Heritage Foundation’s Cobra 589 on Display at Yanks

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Cobra 589 embarked on a four-month journey on May 13, 2017.  The mission plan is to tour Southern California; flying in tribute for Veterans.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Chino Airport Tenants Withdraw Their Request for a Preliminary Injunction to Stop Planes of Fame from Operating the 2017 Air Show but will Continue to Seek a Coalition to Oversee the 2018 Air Show

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We’re on the Cover of In Flight USA!

Friday, April 21, 2017


We’re excited to announce we made the cover of In Flight USA!

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Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Judge bows out of case seeking to stop Chino air show, what’s next

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Source: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

SAN BERNARDINO >> The judge assigned to a lawsuit seeking to shut down the Planes of Fame Air Show disclosed Thursday that he had a potential conflict in the case, so the case will instead be heard by a different judge starting April 28.

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Chino Airport Tenants: Let a Coalition Oversee the Air Show

Friday, April 7, 2017

Yanks Air Museum,

CHINO, Calif.:  The group of tenants suing the operators of the annual Planes of Fame Air Show is calling for the County of San Bernardino to appoint a coalition of tenants to oversee any future air shows at the Chino Airport.

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Greenfield Project – Update

Monday, January 16, 2017

Christen Wright, Executive Director

Originally purchased in 1988 by Charles and Judith Nichols, the 440-acre “Bill Hanson Ranch” located near Monterey County is the future site of the Yanks expansion project. Read More »

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