There are many hidden gems in Southern California and The Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino can definitely be counted as one of the Southland’s best-kept secrets.

The Planes of Fame Air Museum, which first opened its doors in 1957, is a museum dedicated to preserving WWII aircraft and artifacts. The museum is adjacent to the Chino Airport and is a “living history” museum, in which the aircraft are not only preserved, they are also kept flying. Seven hangers are filled with 150 aircrafts, of which more than 50 are actually flyable.

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Visitors to the museum can explore the grounds and watch as the many planes are restored to their former glory. The aviation center is home to a flight simulator and other hands-on activities as well as multiple exhibits which allows visitor to learn about the aircraft on display and its history.

On the first Saturday of every month, the museum holds a mini-airshow around a certain theme. Each mini-airshow starts with one or more talks or seminars given by people involved with the featured aircraft (such as combat pilots), followed by a flight demonstration of two or three aircraft related to that day’s theme.

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Open Sunday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
$11 Adults

$4 Kids 5-11

Kids 5 and under are Free!
Seniors + Veterans $10
AAA members $9.90
Active Military, Police officers and Firefighters are Free
(Tip: There are two museums located at the Chino airport- make sure you head to the right one!)

Planes of Fame Air Museum

7000 Merrill Ave. #17
Chino, CA 91710
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Comments (5)
  1. RichP says:

    What secret? PoF is well known. It is the Yanks museum, also at the Chino Airport, which is not so well known

  2. Katie says:

    I wasn’t aware of it! How cool! Definitely have to take my sons there!

  3. Norm says:

    Great idea for this weekend!

  4. Dee says:

    There are also WWII veterans there who are more than willing to share their expeiences with you. They also feature planes used in such movies as Pearl Harbor and Valkyrie.

  5. Phiilip says:

    Wouldn’t 150-aircraftS… be 150-aircraft?

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