Farewell to preser­va­tion pi­o­neer Ed Maloney

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Ed­ward T Maloney, one of the great pi­o­neers of vin­tage air­craft preser­va­tion in the USA, died on 19 Au­gust 2016 at the age of 88. Maloney is cred­ited with sav­ing more than 200 WWII and other historic war­birds from de­struc­tion and founded the Planes of Fame Mu­seum at Chino, CA, which now houses more than 150 air­craft and repli­cas, many of which are air­wor­thy.

Grow­ing up in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Ed had the fore­sight to rec­og­nize that to­day’s scrap is to­mor­row’s his­tory, and be­gan col­lect­ing air­frames for a fu­ture mu­seum. His first item was re­port­edly a Ja­panese Yoko­suka MXY7 Ohka kamikazi rocket plane, ac­quired in 1946.

Maloney opened his first avi­a­tion mu­seum at Clare­mont, CA in Jan­uary 1957, moved it to On­tario, CA in the 1960s and then to Chino Air­port, where it has been lo­cated since 1973. Were it not for him, a long list of rare and unique air­craft such as the Northrop N-9MB Fly­ing Wing, orig­i­nal Mit­subishi Zero, Boe­ing P-12E and P-26A Peashooter, three P-51 Mus­tangs, an F4U Cor­sair, P-40 Warhawk and the last ac­tive USAF B-17 Pi­cadilly Lilly II, might well have been lost. A cel­e­bra­tion of Ed Maloney’s life was held at Chino Air­port on 10 Septem­ber at the end of which a ‘Miss­ing Man’ for­ma­tion was flown with John Maloney in the P-26, Steve Hin­ton the Zero, Steven Hin­ton Jnr fly­ing the Thun­der­bolt, John Hin­ton the Cor­sair and Rob Pat­ter­son in the Mus­tang Frank Mormillo

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