Her are some pics from the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino California.
Boeing P-26 Peashooter (Same model as the aircraft valiantly flown by the Philippine Army Air Corps during the initial part of WWII in the Philippines). Japanes copy of the ME-163 Komet. WWII Sherman tank (What its doing in an air museum; I don't know.)
Post by legionnaire on Oct 18, 2006 9:51:04 GMT -5
I too have been there several times and have a lot of pictures even with the Sherman doing some demostration for the public. They have recently restored into flying condition the P26.
I use to go there a lot in the past. And now it is the premier WWII airshow in California. I love going there and they are slowly trying to restore their B-17 G "Picadilly Lily" back. Did you visit Chino?
They have a rare display on the Jap straggler "Onoda" from the Philippines also.
Lucky for you that you've been able to visit that museum several times. Last time I was there was about ten years ago. As you can see from the pictures I posted and the link to the 2006 airshow the P26 has a different paint scheme. The Sherman then wasn't running. They must have restored it to running condition. As I previously mentioned my original interest in Military History is Aviation. So I went to as many Air Museums as I could when I first got here in the US. Regarding Onoda, I saw a display about him in the Philippine Air Force Museum in Villamor Air Base. As usual it was most of the stuff he surrendered displayed in a rather un-interesting manner. What kind of display did they have at the Planes of Fame Museum?
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Post by legionnaire on Oct 18, 2006 10:49:42 GMT -5
Their Onada display was only on one display case, nothing extremely impressive but I was really surprised they had one.
Their Sherman would run over 3 junk cars and went through destroyed buildings nearby. Got the pictures too.
I used to go to a lot of airshows here in Calif. The best one was the defunct El Toror airshow. :-[ I haven't been to a chino show for a long time. I used to go to the Santa Monica Air museum and they would have a show too. My very first time to see ab actual ME109 start up it's original daimler engine? And do fly by's with a Hurricane.
I would like to see the Sherman tank run over those cars as well as through a building. Have they added more armour to their collection? Do they do re-enactments at the Planes of Fame Museum? What does the Santa Monica Air Museum Have in terms of displays? I would have wanted to hear that Daimler engine on that ME 109. Your so lucky to be able to witness that.