World War One aviation Planes of Fame Chino
May 03, 2006
Santa Paula News
World War One Aviation will be the subject of the monthly special event to be hosted by The Air Museum “Planes of Fame” at the Chino Airport on Saturday, May 6, 2006.World War One Aviation will be the subject of the monthly special event to be hosted by The Air Museum “Planes of Fame” at the Chino Airport on Saturday, May 6, 2006. The event will begin at 10 am with a seminar on the role of aviation in the First World War and conclude with the flight demonstration of a “Planes of Fame” warbird.Although The Air Museum “Planes of Fame” is noted for its extensive collections of “heavy metal” World War II combat aircraft, that collection does include aircraft from the entire spectrum of aviation as well, including the wood and fabric warplanes of the first conflict in which aircraft played an important role.In contrast to the sturdy combat aircraft that evolved in later years, the fighting airplanes of World War One were really rather crude machines. Generally vulnerable to all sort~ of enemy fire, and lacking in any sort of real protection for their crews, the warplanes of that era were really little more than “death traps” for the brave young lads who flew them into combat and actually pioneered the modern era of aerial warfare.Most never even had parachutes that could offer some means of escape from a disabled airplane; yet those fliers did persist in their duty and set the standards for modern military aviation.The very first permanent air museum in the American West, The Air Museum “Planes of Fame” is now in its 50th year as an independent, non-profit, educational institution. The museum also pioneered the concept of restoring historic aircraft to flying condition so that the public can appreciate those artifacts in their natural element. Staffed primarily by a core of dedicated volunteers, the museum supports its operations with admission fees, donations and proceeds from the use of its aircraft in various productions.
The Air Museum “Planes of Fame” also has a special membership program available to the public, with one of the benefits of membership being the ability to actually experience the thrill of warbird orientation flights. At each monthly special event, members in attendance, including last-minute signs-ups, can have their names entered into a free drawing for a warbird orientation flight.The Air Museum “Planes of Fame” is open to the public every day, except Christmas and Thanksgiving, from 9 am until 5 pm. General admission is $8.95; youngsters 11 and under are admitted for $1.95; and admission is free for accompanied children under five.For more information about The Air Museum “Planes of Fame” and its program of events, please call: (909)597-3722; or visit the museum’s website at www.planesoffame.org.