Friday, May 4, 2012

World War II Warbirds' Exploits To Highlight This Weekend's Air Show At Chino Airport


CHINO - Hundreds of volunteers and officials from the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino are gearing up for the 14th annual Air Show this weekend.
This year's show will commemorate events that occurred 70 decades ago during World War II, according to information from the air museum.
WWII warbirds such as the P-51 Mustang, the P-38 Lightning and the F-4 Phantom among many others will fly in formation and pilots will perform WWII-style battle acrobatics as visitors look on.
Today, visitors can drop by the museum for a preview of the show, said Steve Wallace, director of marketing and development for the museum.
One demonstration will be held at 1 p.m. and a second will occur at 3 p.m., he said.
This year's veterans panel during the show will feature Muriel Engelman and Gen. Robert Cardenas. both WWII vets. Engelman was an Army nurse who was dispatched to Europe after D-Day, Wallace said. Cardenas was a combat pilot who flew a B-24 in WWII, then later went on to be test pilot. Cardenas also flew missions during the Vietnam War.
New for the 2012 show will be feature The Horsemen who will fly an acrobatic performance with a P-38 and two P-51s, according to the information.
"It's a colossal effort," Wallace said of putting the show together. "We have over 350 volunteers. And if we didn't have their help we wouldn't have a snowball's chance in you-know-where."
On Thursday afternoon, mechanics were tuning up a Russian replica Yak-3 and a Tiger Cat plane in preparation for the show.
The air show will run Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 11 years old. The air show will be held at the Chino Airport, 7000 Merrill Ave. Air show activities begin around 11 a.m.
For more information call 909-597-7576, or visit the museum website or their Facebook page "Planes of Fame Air Museum."

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