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Planes of Fame – Chino Airshow Publishes Their Schedule

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The Planes of Fame Air Museum has two branches, one in Arizona, the other and oldest, is in Chino, California. On the weekend of May 4-5th, 2019, their annual air show, chock full of warbirds, will be presented once again. This year, they'll salute the 75th Anniversary of D-Day - the invasion of Normandy. The air show at Chino airport has consistently showcased a large collection of rare (some one-of-a-kind airworthy examples) and beautifully restored aircraft, and this year's large number of flying displays (some 50 aircraft ion each day).

Here's the latest press release from the show:

 
Planes of Fame Air Museum is proud to present the Planes of Fame Air Show on May 4-5, 2019. Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Featuring over 50 historic aircraft, including the P-47 Thunderbolt, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustangs flying for your enjoyment. We invite you to join us in honoring the history, contributions, and sacrifices of our Veterans. Performer Highlights include: USAF F-16 Viper Demo and Heritage Flight, WWII Airborne Demo Team Paratroopers, World's fastest piston engine aircraft P-51 Mustang Voodoo, N9MB Flying Wing Demo; Pacific, European, Korean & Vietnam Flight Displays, Gregory 'Wired' Colyer T-33 Aerobatics, Eric Tucker Piper Cub demo and Rob Harrison the Tumbling Bear. There will be a Kids Zone, static displays, food & vendors, and more! In addition to many other fantastic airplanes that will be performing and on static display, there will be a special panel discussion with some of our honored Veterans. Follow our Planes of Fame Air show Facebook page and check our website to receive up to the minute news on Performers and attending Aircraft and Veterans! Saturday and Sunday May 4-5, 2019;  8am - 4pm. See all of your favorite airplanes fly!
 

Most of the flying activity will be of their superb collection of warbirds and of other restored former military aircraft, although there'll be a small amount of civilian performers as well as some active military involvement. This schedule is copied directly from the Planes of Fame Air Show's Facebook page two weeks before the show.

 

  Over the past decade, ClassicWarbirds.net, along with Photorecon.net have presented reviews of their shows; these can still be viewed on our digital aviation magazine's pages. Here are a few from years past, by numerous Photorecon and ClassicWarbirds reporters. The aircraft pictured are not necessarily those which will appear and perform at this year's show!    

Legends In Flight – The 2019 Joint Base Andrews Airshow Preview and a Look Back

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“Legends In Flight” is the theme for the 2019 Air and Space Expo at Joint Base Andrews, just off of the Capital Beltway in Camp Springs, Maryland. Andrews serves the Washington DC area, and is where the Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing – operator of the “Air Force One” and other Special Mission Airlift aircraft of the US Air Force, is based.

Some previous warbird attendees of the Andrews Armed Force's Day air show celebrations (NOT NECESSARILY FOR THIS UPCOMING SHOW)

 

A few decades ago, the air shows at Andrews AFB were filled with a wide variety of retired and restored former military aircraft – from all Branches of the Armed Forces. These studies in military history joined a wide range of active military and civilian aircraft on the huge ramp in Maryland. Most of the yearly shows were presented during Armed Forces Day weekend in May, but a few years ago, the dates changed to a weekend in September, and went to a biennial (every other year) event too.

 

Some of this year's performers...

 

The big news about this year’s event is that it returns to the month of May, on the weekend of the 11th and 12th, and both the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds will be performing at the same shows. Rare are the venues where both of the military’s jet teams perform together… and it has happened before at Andrews, when a major event - such as a special celebration or other historic milestone had been reached. Besides the two teams, other performers include the Air Force A-10 flight demonstration and the Army’s Golden Knights. Warbirds scheduled to fly include the B-25 "Panchito", "The Class of '45" Mustang and Corsair, an Air Force Heritage Flight, and other military and civilian aerobatic performers. Here is a link to the show’s web site: https://legendsinflight.org/

 

May 11th and 12th of 2019 are sure to be filled with loud and exciting flying in the Maryland skies near the Nation’s Capital. Photorecon.net, ClassicWarbirds.net and CivilAviationWorld.com will have teams covering many aspects of this show, so if you can’t get to the event, you’ll still see what Joint Base Andrews' Air and Space Expo has turned into over the years.

D-Day Squadron to Make Epic Trans-Atlantic Crossing in May

An amazing recreation of World War II transport operations will be assembled in Connecticut in just a few weeks. The D-Day Squadron is the American contingent of a larger anniversary commemoration in Great Britain and France, to be held during early June, 2019 - exactly seventy-five years from the dates of the great military parachute operation that started the Allied landings on European soil. The following information about the operation, and is verbatim from the D-Day Squadron organizers:

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U.S. Navy’s Legacy Hornets Retire With A Sundown Celebration

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On Friday February 1, 2019 a rare sundown had occurred at 1303 hours at the U.S. Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, Naval Air Station Oceana. This sundown had not come early because this was for the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18C ‘Legacy’ Hornet and this event was over 40 years in the making. As of this day, no longer will the Navy deploy or use this aircraft in combat. The ‘Legacy’ Hornet will remain in U.S. Naval service with one reserve VFA squadron, one Naval Reserve Fighter Composite Squadron (VFC-12), the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron (the Blue Angels) and the Naval Aviation Warfighting Developmental Center, but its days of front line service with the U.S. Navy have now passed.

The ‘Legacy’ Hornet sundown occurred as the Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron Three Four (VFA-34) the ‘Blue Blasters’, U.S. Navy Commander Will ‘Fathead’ Mathis shut the engines down on F/A-18C , MODEX 434 / Buno 165399 for the final time.

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