The Seversky P-35 single seat pursuit aircraft was developed in the 1930’s and became the first all-metal monoplane fighter with an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear for the US Army Air Corps (USAAC). 77 P-35’s were ordered by the USAAC for delivery between 1937-38 (76 P-35’s were delivered and the 77th was converted to… Read More The Survivors: Seversky P-35 – In Pursuit Of Success
Joining the piston engined warbirds in the Korean War (1950-1953) flying display at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 were a number of classic jets from that era including a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star two-seat trainers (developed from the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star jet fighter), a Canadian variant of the T-33 the Canadair CT-133 and a mighty North American F-86F Sabre.… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Korean War Jet Fighters
The warbirds just kept coming in the fantastic flying displays of the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015. Up next were military aircraft that flew during the Korean War era of 1950 to 1953 when the South Korean and United Nations forces clashed with the Communists of North Korea, China and secretly the USSR. Aircraft ranged from piston engine fighters to… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Korean War Piston Engine Aircraft
A great flying demonstration by the Commemorative Air Force Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat was conducted at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015. The story of the Bearcat, a former US Navy fighter is an interesting one in aviation history. Designed to counter any aircraft the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy may put into service, the Grumman F8F Bearcat was… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Grumman F8F Bearcat
Continuing the en masse warbird flying displays of the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 were aircraft that flew in the Pacific Theatre of World War Two. These included a Douglas SBD Dauntless, Grumman F4F Wildcat, Grumman TBM Avenger, Imperial Japanese Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero and North American B-25 Mitchell. Former fighters of the US Navy naturally dominated the flying displays… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: WW2 Pacific 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… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: WW2 European Theatre Warbirds
On this Memorial Day we salute all those that have and currently do serve their nation. Lest We Forget the fallen who gave their all for us to live the life we enjoy today.
Planes of Fame in Chino, California operate a very unique 1930’s era aircraft in their flying collection. A Seversky AT-12 Guardsman (USAAC 2 seat advanced training version of the P-35 fighter), which is the only flying example in the world. The USAAC operated 50 AT-12’s. Originally they were ordered by Sweden but an arms embargo in 1940… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: USAAC Seversky AT-12 Guardsman & the Curtiss P-36 Hawk Flying Debut
Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 they had a bevy of 11 North American P-51 Mustangs on static display from an early model Allison engined P-51A to a Rolls Royce Merlin engined P-51C and a bevy of the definitive Rolls Royce Merlin engined P-51D’s. It was great to see so many of one of the finest World War Two fighters all in one… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Got Mustang?
Up next from Planes of Fame Airshow 2015, some warbird aerobatics with Sea Fury Aerobatics by Sanders Aeronautics, a Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat “Here Kitty, Kitty!” from Lewis Air Legends and to finish it off, the North American AT-6/SNJ “Wardog“. It was spectacular watching the Sea Fury “Argonaut“ as this one is fitted with wingtip smoke pods that create… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Aerobatics II – The Warbirds