Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: WW2 European Theatre Warbirds

There is never any shortage of warbird action at the Planes of Fame Airshow and 2015 showcased many European Theatre World War Two era aircraft including a Bell P-63 Kingcobra (mostly flown by the Soviets as it was seen as inferior to the P-51 Mustang by the USAAF), the Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) venerable transport,  Lockheed P-38J Lightning23 Skidoo“, Messerschmitt Bf-108 Taifun, North American B-25 Mitchell, numerous North American P-51 Mustangs (P-51A,C & D models) and a Republic P-47G Thunderbolt (Republic licensed the Curtiss-Wright Company to produce the P-47D “razorback” and they were given the P-47G designation. 354 P-47G were built between December 1942 and March 1944). It is always a pleasure to see so many classic aircraft in one place doing flyby after flyby, one after the other. Great stuff!

Republic P-47G Thunderbolt Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
Republic P-47G Thunderbolt heads along the runway
P-51 Mustangs Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA takeoff
P-51 Mustangs away (A, C and D models)!
P-51 formation pass Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
P-51 formation pass to open the show
P-51A P-51C Mustang Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
North American P-51A & P-51C Mustangs
North American P-51A P-51C Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
The early model P-51’s were vastly improved upon in the later P-51D Mustang in regards to power and aerodynamics
P-51D Spam Can Dolly Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
North American P-51D Mustang “Spam Can / Dolly” (different name on each side of the nose)
Douglas C-47 Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
C-47 Skytrain Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
The C-47 is one of the greatest transport aircraft ever built and many are still in use today
P-51D Bunny Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
North American P-51D Mustang “Bunny” with the Tuskegee Airmen red tail
Lockheed P-38J Lightning "23 Skidoo" Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
Lockheed P-38J Lightning “23 Skidoo”
North American B-25 Mitchell Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
North American B-25 Mitchell “Photo Fanny”
P-51D Mustang Buzzin Cuzzin Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
North American P-51D Mustang “Buzzin’ Cuzzin”
P-47G Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
Republic P-47G Thunderbolt from the Planes of Fame Museum collection
Bf-108 Taifun Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
The Messerschmitt Bf-108 Taifun was operated as a general liaison aircraft by the Luftwaffe in WW2
Bf108 Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
The design of the Bf-108 helped in development of the Bf-109 fighter
IMG_7690 (3) (700x463) P-51D Kimberly Kaye
North American P-51D “Kimberly Kaye”
IMG_7641 (2) (700x468) P-63 Kingcobra POF 2015
The Bell P-63 Kingcobra was mostly used by the Soviet Union in WW2 and only a small number were operated by the USAAF
IMG_7641 (3) (700x468) P-63 Kingcobra POF 2015
The Kingcobra was an advancement on the P-39 Airacobra
IMG_7641 (4) (700x468) P-63 Kingcobra POF 2015
The Bell P-63 Kingcobra has its engine mounted behind the cockpit
Bell P-63 King Cobra and North American P-51D "Bunny" from Palm Springs Air Museum
Bell P-63 King Cobra and North American P-51D “Bunny” – both fighters are from the Palm Springs Air Museum
P-51D's "Wee Willy II" and "Six-Shooter"
P-51D’s “Wee Willy II” and “Six-Shooter”
P-51D Mustang "Six-Shooter"
P-51D Mustang “Six-Shooter”

A couple of excellent looking replicas were flying too. These were in the form of a Supermarine Spitfire and Focke-Wulf Fw-190A. They have done a great job in recreating these classic fighters of World War Two.

Supermarine Spitfire flying replica Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
Supermarine Spitfire (replica)
Supermarine Spitfire replica Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
The distinctive elliptical wing of the Spitfire
FW-190A Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
Focke-Wulf FW-190A the famed “Butcher Bird” of the Luftwaffe (replica)
FW-190A Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 Chino CA
The Fw-190 was one of the best Luftwaffe fighters of WW2

In my next post will be Pacific Theatre aircraft. Planes of Fame really is warbird central!

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