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The Planes of Fame Air Museum was founded by Edward T. Maloney in Claremont, California. The doors first opened on January 12, 1957. At that time, it was simply called "The Air Museum". There was no need to be more specific, because no other air museums existed in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River! The original collection consisted of just 10 airplanes. From those humble beginnings, the Museum has grown to over 150 aircraft, more than 50 of which are flyable. But to understand the significance of this achievement, we have to look back to the days following WWII. Although the Allies produced over 300,000 military aircraft during World War II, most were destroyed within just a few years of the war ending in 1945. The new jet aircraft being introduced had captured the imagination of the country, making the best propeller planes of the war seem obsolete almost overnight.

Source and info on the museum history: http://planesoffame.org/index.php?page=history-mission

The Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino location) is an independently operated, non-profit 501(c) aviation museum. It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, and educate the public, and honour aviation pioneers and veterans.  The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, perpetuation and exhibition of historical aircraft, and to the men and women, both famous and unknown, which devoted their lives to flight.
Hours of Operation: The Museum is open every day of the year, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and occasional special events.  Check out the Aircraft Flight Schedule before your visit.

The Planes of Fame Air Museum is a "living history" museum, where the aircraft are not only preserved, but are kept flying! Through the generosity of the many people who donate funds or aircraft parts to the museum and the dozens of volunteers who donate their time to restore and maintain the aircraft, many of these rare war-birds are in flying condition. To share the collection with the public, our war-birds are flown regularly, participating in Airshows, military base open houses, various events, and are used in the making of television programs and motion picture presentations.

More info on the founder here: http://planesoffame.org/index.php?page=founder

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