Chino Planes of Fame

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS - Re­port & pho­tos: Nigel Hitch­man

The an­nual Planes of Fame air­show at Chino, CA, held on 5-6 May in hot, dry weather, had – as ever – a su­perb line-up of war­birds. This year’s fea­tured air­craft were Thun­der­bolts and Light­nings, and there were mul­ti­ple ex­am­ples of both on hand. Two mod­ern-day USAF A-10 Thun­der­bolt IIS joined a pair of WWII-ERA Re­pub­lic P-47 Thun­der­bolts while no less than six P-38 Light­nings were present. Four should have flown but, with Jim Slat­tery’s newly re­stored P-38F ‘White 33’ re­fus­ing to start, it was left to Co­manche Fight­ers’ Thoughts of Midnight, the Collings Foun­da­tion’s re­cently-ac­quired P-38L, and the Planes of Fame Air Mu­seum’s P-38J Ski­doo to con­duct sev­eral un­for­get­table fly-bys. The other Light­nings on the field were the Yanks Air Mu­seum’s rare F-5G photo re­con­nais­sance ver­sion, dis­played stat­i­cally, and Jack Croul’s P-38L Honey Bunny, which sat in Al­lied Fight­ers’ hangar. The same op­er­a­tor’s newly-re­stored P-47D Dot­tie Mae (see ‘Old Timers’, De­cem­ber 2017) was one of the two par­tic­i­pat­ing Thun­der­bolts along­side Planes of Fame’s P-47G.

Re­pub­lic’s pre­de­ces­sor Sev­er­sky was also rep­re­sented, cour­tesy of Planes of Fame’s AT-12 Guards­man – a two-seat trainer ver­sion of the P-35 fighter which di­rectly pre­ceded the P-47. The AT-12 ac­com­pa­nied the Planes of Fame Boe­ing P-26 ‘Peashooter’ in an­other magic Chino mo­ment that brought to­gether two of to­day’s rarest air­wor­thy pre-war sur­vivors. With many other high­lights in­clud­ing the one-off Northrop N9MB fly­ing wing and Gosshawk Un­lim­ited’s PB4Y-2 Pri­va­teer, this was an­other great Planes of Fame event.

Light­ning struck thrice in Chino’s fly­ing pro­gramme

AT-12 Guards­man and P-26 Peashooter - a very rare pair­ing

P-47D and P-47G Thun­der­bolts in tight for­ma­tion

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