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Planes of Fame Air Museum

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One of the Best Places To Visits in Chino


Address

14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA 91710, United States

Website

www.planesoffame.org

Contact

+1 909-597-3722

Rating on Google Maps

4.80 (1.4K reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Friday: 10 am to 4 pm

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  • 5/5 Mark F. 2 years ago on Google
    If you love airplanes, you just have to go here. They have a surprisingly large collection of historically interesting planes and a couple dozen of them fly regularly. The oldest one I saw that appeared to be flyable is a Boeing P-26. The place is tidy and well laid out. The docents are friendly and really know their stuff. The admission is a very reasonable $15. Update: I went back a week or so later and discovered a hangar I had somehow missed the first time. This one is set up to look like the hangar deck on an aircraft carrier and had several interesting airplanes. The rarest of them is a Ryan Fireball, an old Navy fighter with both a piston engine and a jet engine. Only 71 were ever built and this is the only remaining one. Also, I saw the museum cat. It was ambling through one of the hangars, clearly keeping watch for mousies that need chasing.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Anthony B. 2 years ago on Google
    Definitely recommend taking the family. Very educational and fun experience. I felt honored to stand at the Wings of honor wall and reading about some of the recognized combat veterans gave me chills. Definitely walked away with lots of pictures and a sense of pride for our country! Recommend bringing water and comfortable shoes. Big thumbs up 👍
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 William K. 7 months ago on Google • 46 reviews
    This is one of the last air museums that focuses on maintaining vintage military aircraft that actually fly on a regular basis. The staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable, and the history of the physical museum goes back to the very beginnings of the idea of 'air museums', which gained popularity after WWII. The first Saturday of each month features a public discussion and flight demonstration of one of the museum's classic warbirds. I strongly urge anyone interested in this type of history to visit the Planes of Fame Museum. There, you will find much to learn.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 YaquiGirl A. 8 months ago on Google • 109 reviews
    They have one of the extensive collection of vintage aircraft and some of the nicest volunteers. A must place to visit.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 J Y. 7 months ago on Google • 176 reviews
    Nice little museum. Great people and culture here. As a korean. Also loved the korean war memorial. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for all those medal of honor recipients. Respect and honor to all who died for south korea be free.

  • 4/5 Viraj G. 2 years ago on Google
    Never seen so many world war era planes together in one place! This place takes you to another world and everyone from all ahe groups would enjoy it. But if you have seen big museums like Smithsonian, the suggestion would be to leave that mindset aside and enjoy since this has its own heritage. The people over here are very friendly and would help with any information needed. If you love history then this is the best place to understand aviation history. Usually not crowded and one can find free parking space readily available. Entry fee for adults is $15 so reasonable.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Cat “CatHino76” H. 1 year ago on Google
    The staff, the tour guides everyone is so hospitable, the planes, the gift shop, the history is just amazing. Restrooms clean, the plane shows, the events for the kiddos and veterans is just over and beyond. We need more places like planes of fame for boys, girls and our future. God bless planes of fame always and forever 🙏 ♥️
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Justin B. 2 years ago on Google
    $15 per person and we’ll worth every dollar. They also have a B-17 that you can freely walk in- both cockpit and rear area of the plane. Beautiful warbirds in all- from German BG-109’s to P-51’s. Beautiful place I strongly suggest to anyone wanting to see warbirds.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Robert P. 3 years ago on Google
    So much to see and so well maintained. My kids loved it. Great gift shop too.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Rusty L. 2 years ago on Google
    Awesome museum. We got to board a fully operational B-17G flying fortress that weekend! They have great air shows and events like this we like to attend. Great place to take your family.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Dale S. 8 months ago on Google • 12 reviews
    Planes of Fame is an aviation enthusiast's paradise! This museum truly stands out as a testament to the rich history of aviation. From the moment you step inside, you are greeted by an impressive collection of meticulously restored aircraft that spans decades of innovation and ingenuity. The attention to detail in preserving these historic planes is remarkable, allowing visitors to step back in time and appreciate the craftsmanship and engineering that went into each aircraft. The museum doesn't just showcase planes; it tells a compelling story of aviation evolution, making it an educational experience for visitors of all ages. The staff's passion and knowledge are evident as they enthusiastically share anecdotes and insights, adding depth to the exhibits. The interactive displays and well-curated exhibits provide a captivating learning experience, making it much more than just a museum visit – it's a journey through the skies. What sets Planes of Fame apart is its commitment to preserving not just the physical artifacts, but also the spirit of aviation. Visitors taste of what it's like to soar through the clouds, creating a sense of excitement and wonder. The museum's dedication to inspiring future aviators is inspiring, fostering a love for flight in the next generation. Additionally, the museum hosts engaging events and airshows that bring aviation history to life, allowing visitors to witness these magnificent planes in action. The thrill of seeing vintage aircraft take to the skies is unparalleled and adds another layer of excitement to the overall experience. Planes of Fame is not just a museum; it's a celebration of human innovation and the adventurous spirit that has defined aviation throughout history. Whether you're a seasoned pilot, a history buff, or simply curious about the wonders of flight, this museum offers an unparalleled experience that will leave you in awe. Planes of Fame is a must-visit destination for anyone with a fascination for the magic of aviation.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 David D. 1 year ago on Google
    Most of my life I've heard of this museum. We finally went and saw a tribute to the creator of the SR-71, Tom Cruise's plane from the New Top Gun, heard experts speak and saw so many planes up close we had to buy a membership to spend enough time to see. A very enjoyable 1st day. Looking forward to more visits and guest speakers! Highly recommended for plane lovers.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 上道敬一 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Many famous machines are dynamically stored. (Original) 数々の名機が動態保存されています。
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Northern E. 1 year ago on Google
    It's always fun seeing these magnificent planes fly. My favorites are the B-17 and the Zero. Much respect to the restoration crew and respectful veteran and non-veteran staff and volunteers. This is a great place to take your kids and teach them about our war heroes and American history. I would suggest that they sell more B-17 shirts because they sell out fast. Also, please fix your vending machines or sell Gatorade in the store.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 BF 10 X. 1 year ago on Google
    This is a must stop! History making history you can just feel it as you walk by these awesome built aircraft you can see the scars along with every detail and imagine what it would be like just to sit in one let alone flying in one overwhelming explanations and details regarding each aircraft the building of it The missions it took on the durability the pilots the photos it is spectacular I will repeat my visit there. there’s quite a bit to see as well as all the hangers filled with people that are restoring aircraft and aircraft date wise they are restoring very old planes as well as modern planes and once again they will be in the sky very cool place!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Kacie S. 6 years ago on Google
    I took my 3 year old daughter to the Autism event hosted here and she absolutely loved it! The staff were very friendly and helpful. We felt very welcomed here. Looking forward to our next visit!!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Ali G. 8 years ago on Google
    My 20 months old loves this place. Thanks to previous city mayor for making it free for him!!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Davis N. 5 months ago on Google • 67 reviews
    What a fantastic museum! People of all ages will have plenty of fun here for at least half a day. There is quite a lot to see, spanning multiple hangars and a large outdoor area between them. Sometimes on weekends they will even take a plane from their collection out to do a big talk about it and then fly it for everyone to see. There is plenty of parking, even if the lot fills up you can easily park on the street and not have too long of a walk to the museum.

  • 5/5 Tim G. 6 months ago on Google • 63 reviews
    Amazing museum, friendly staff. Our guide Chris M. was the best! I can’t believe how many planes they have and the knowledge of the staff.

  • 5/5 Jamie F. 10 months ago on Google • 32 reviews
    It was an amazing place I've always wanted to visit. It was even better than I expected. Loved that you got to go into a B-17 and hear about the history. Tons of amazing warbirds.

  • 5/5 Diana C. 4 years ago on Google
    This museum is great because so many of the planes still actually fly, and most of them look like they still could. Walking through the displays of this museum transports you to another era. We would like more stories and descriptions of the planes. There are a lot, but we want more.

  • 4/5 The Ryal Family !. 4 years ago on Google
    Awesome assortment of aircraft laying around in different states of repair. Only thing I would have liked to see was the labeling of all the aircraft in their courtyard/boneyard. They gave us a list of what aircraft they had on site but we weren't sure which ones were what until we got into the hangars.

  • 5/5 Ken P. 4 years ago on Google
    We loved the museum when we visited. The docents are very friendly and knowledgeable. It’s even better that you can actually walk up close to most of the airplanes on display.

  • 5/5 Luis M. 4 years ago on Google
    The plains

  • 5/5 Andrew M. 4 years ago on Google
    Outstanding collection of historic military aircraft, a few of which are still flying today. The inventory includes the only flying example of a P-26 Peashooter and an A6M5 Zero flying with almost all of its original parts, among other aircraft. Also, they have friendly docents, and they have days where military veterans can get in for free. If you love history and aviation, you should give it a shot.

  • 5/5 Darcy M. 4 years ago on Google
    Excellent displays and history of planes. Knowledgeable people to answer anything you need to know. Probably the best yearly air show anywhere.

  • 5/5 Long M. 4 years ago on Google
    Awesome place to learn about military aviation!!! Living history, historical planes that fly. If it leaks it's working!!!

  • 5/5 R S. 4 years ago on Google
    Amazing place! Steve and SteveO are true gents and will go out of their way for you. Some truly amazing pieces to see here, and most of it still flies!!

  • 5/5 Fede V. 4 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Huge with many exhibits and airplanes that are capable of flying, you can interact very closely with many of the airplanes and the staff is extremely friendly and collaborative (Original) Enorme con muchas exhibiciones y aviones que están en capacidad de volar, se puede interactuar muy de cerca con muchos de los aviones y el personal es sumamente amable y colaborativo

  • 5/5 Tony C. 4 years ago on Google
    Great time. Lots of great planes.

  • 5/5 shy g. 4 years ago on Google
    Amazing museum. There is a vast amount of aircraft on display, and many of them are flyable. This museum is a must visit for any aviation enthusiasts or just anyone looking for an interesting way to spend their afternoon.

  • 5/5 Justin D. 4 years ago on Google
    Amazing place for Warbirds and history

  • 5/5 Joanne M. 1 year ago on Google
    Had an amazing time at the museum, great selection of aeroplanes. The best part was the level of enthusiasm and knowledge of the volunteers. They were great to talk to and really made the trip for us. Highly recommend 👌If you are quick they currently have Tom Cruise's P51 Mustang on display that was used in Top Gun Maverick until November 2022.

  • 5/5 Karen O. 4 years ago on Google
    Great educational tour. If you love planes this is the place for you!

  • 5/5 John H. 1 year ago on Google
    This place is a must-see. The number and variety of aircraft on display is incredible. There are numerous hangars full of restored craft and a substantial number awaiting restoration on display outside. Best to give yourself plenty of time. There are display boards everywhere, plus a video that makes a great start to your tour. More than anything, though, I'd recommend talking to the gentlemen in each hangar. They were very friendly and had more knowledge than you'll ever find in any publication. Those I spoke to had first-hand insights into the craft and events/people related to them, that you can't find elsewhere. They made an incredible place and experience amazing.

  • 5/5 Mike F. 2 years ago on Google
    Had no idea this place even existed until I was given tickets for my son and I to go. We loved it! So many great planes and exhibits. Kind, knowledgeable staff and well laid out. Very hands on, we went inside some of the planes and vehicles.

  • 5/5 Steven H. 1 year ago on Google
    Great museum and the airplanes fly, not simply static. You can get close and there are information plaques on a stand explaining each airplane. There are old ones outside awaiting restoration. Down the row of the old airplanes is a book store and a model room across from the library of books. Your can rent a ride in certain airplanes but was told they is a waiting list.

  • 5/5 tim k. 1 year ago on Google
    Great air history museum. Very well done. Interesting airplanes. Enhanced the experience with a knowledgeable guide. Allot of planes that still fly, thanks to the wonderful volunteers. Go if you can.

  • 5/5 William V. 1 year ago on Google
    This air museum is one of the best. The many rare and unique aircraft and vehicles makes visiting Planes of Fame Air Museum a very special experience. If you are an aviation fan, then a visit here should be at the top of your list and should not be missed. As a member since 2012, I find that every visit is worth while and the people who work there are always friendly.

  • 5/5 Gigi W. 1 year ago on Google
    Super great experience! Showing all of the planes that have been used in combat over the years, featuring the P53, what an exciting day. I was filled with gratitude as I looked at every plane, imagining the bravery of our young men as they stuffed them selves into these tiny tin can, filled with fuel and explosives, to take off into the unknown and fly over water and enemy territory to preserve our FREEDOMS! Don't let the current administration take away what so many gave their LIFE TO PERSERVE! KEEP AMERICA FREE! STAND UP NOW AND RETAIN YOUR CITIZENSHIP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE! The volunteer staff was fantastic and super friendly.

  • 5/5 Carlos P. 1 year ago on Google
    If you like airplanes and history, you are in for a treat. There is a beautiful vast line up of airplanes and WWII artifacts, from war tanks and medic vehicles to wardrobe, and a lot history information. Staff are super-friendly, the area is well kept and super clean. Prices are reasonable and most important is family oriented

  • 5/5 JOSEPH F. 1 year ago on Google
    If you’re an aviation enthusiast or just interested, it doesn’t get much better than this. Many of their aircraft are in flyable condition and some one-of-a-kind. Expect to spend 2 hours or so. Their docents are extremely knowledgeable, many of whom are veterans with direct experience with some of the planes. Don’t miss it! When I’m back in LA, I will be visiting again.

  • 5/5 Nick Wong (. 1 year ago on Google
    Excellent Air Museum that teaches me lots of history on different kinds of planes. Planes covers from World War I to Korean War, and also have tank, helicopter, and car as well. Staffs are very helpful and friendly to explain the planes and also discuss between modern planes and older vision of planes as well. It is a very good educational Air Museum where people should come to visit learning about the history of planes.

  • 5/5 Muljibhai H. 5 years ago on Google
    Excellent place for airplanes lover. All aircraft are in excellent condition and clean.very cooperative reception staff

  • 5/5 Kelly F. 4 years ago on Google
    Awesome!!!! Great displays and well maintained. Staff very friendly and interactive. 1 day is not enough. So many exhibits, along with many cabinets with artifacts. The P-38 hanger is truly amazing.

  • 5/5 Jose Fernandez I. 5 years ago on Google
    I absolutely adore the planes of Fame Air Museum. Many if not most of the aircraft are airworthy. First class Museum.

  • 5/5 William C. 4 years ago on Google
    They have a huge collection of planes on site for up close view, ranging mostly from Pre-WWII to Korean War & early jet age inclusive of foreign made aircrafts from USSR, Japan & Germany. A large number are fully restored original in flyable condition. P-38, P-51, F-4U, Zero, FW190, Migs, B-25 & B-17, etc plus a few tanks and vehicles. Very knowledgeable, friendly and courtesy staff. Location is a bit out of the way from Los Angeles but it's well worth the drive and cost of admission. Highly recommend.

  • 5/5 TankPanZeR 3 years ago on Google
    Best vintage aircraft museum in SoCal! Many aircraft on display are airworthy. A must visit.

  • 5/5 PUGLORD 5. 4 years ago on Google
    Amazing. Just amazing. I loved it there, I recognized almost all of the planes. It is truly a sight to see.

  • 5/5 Dennis C. 3 years ago on Google
    It is a wonderful display of American aviation history. I am so glad to see that the museum is open once again.

  • 5/5 Matthew W. 5 years ago on Google
    What an amazing collection of planes, most of which still fly. I'll definitely be back.

  • 5/5 Craig A. 6 years ago on Google
    Now this is what I like. WW2 warbirds and most in flying condition. Spent like 4 hours here and enjoyed every minute. Had a great guide who spent time with just me and the wife. Advantage of going on a weekday I think. One of the finest museums of its type I have ever seen. Their collection is amazing. More than any other I have seen. If this is the sort of thing that interests you, you have got to visit.

  • 4/5 Chrisrina C. 3 years ago on Google
    Host were very informative on the planes. great place to see vintage aircraft

  • 5/5 Oliver Garcia aka Bat A. 3 years ago on Google
    The best to place to see Airplanes

  • 5/5 Abigail T. 10 years ago on Google
    My 2 year old son LOVED it! He loved all the activities, interacting with other children and the "choo choo train" The staff was extremely friendly as well. At the end of our visit my son left kicking and screaming because he didn't want to leave.

  • 4/5 Tee M. 10 years ago on Google
    It got a little packed but otherwise this place is so cute. So much stuff to play pretend with, my two year old loved it.

  • 5/5 Leila M. 8 years ago on Google
    My two year old also loved it. We have been to other museums but this was by far his favorite. He enjoyed the mail, the water exhibit the bank and the news room most of all. Perfect day out for toddlers. He cried when they closed and we had to leave. Best deal and afternoon around. Thank you

  • 5/5 s P. 7 years ago on Google
    I've had a couple parties there and been there for parties. Love this place. The girls there are awesome

  • 1/5 Eliz D. 5 years ago on Google
    It was a free for all place, parents on cell phones ignoring their kids running around and not very organized. I was there for 20 min and left . Not very much like a museum, more like a big place house.

  • 5/5 Eric T. 5 years ago on Google
    My kids loved it, great set up. Its like a small play city with a bank, fire & police area with a real Chino PD motorcycle, kitchen & baking, farm & dairy, and a stage with dress up clothing. Also, cant beat the price at $4. Its a great little pretend city for kids.

  • 5/5 Maria B. 4 years ago on Google
    Eliz Dayz you are wrong

  • 4/5 Lupe M. 5 years ago on Google
    When I was in first grade I go there

  • 5/5 Vincent C. 3 years ago on Google
    Fun place to visit if you are into things airplanes - specially military.

  • 5/5 Michael P. 4 years ago on Google
    A must visit. Best collection of vintage warlords around.

  • 4/5 Frank M. 4 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Very interesting and broad (Original) Molto i interessante e ampio

  • 5/5 Rosendo C. 4 years ago on Google
    My son loved it 👍🛩

  • 5/5 Maricela L. 4 years ago on Google
    They had one of the planes from the movie Pearl Harbor and they actually flew it. It was really cool to see

  • 5/5 Marvin G. 4 years ago on Google
    Great place to relive our past history , so much to appreciate and learn

  • 5/5 Nick A. 4 years ago on Google
    Great time with my son. We enjoyed learning about aviation history. Great place to visit with the family

  • 5/5 Motegi K. 4 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) I was impressed. (Original) 感動しました。

  • 5/5 Charles F. 4 years ago on Google
    A magical place for aviation lovers ! A must see

  • 5/5 John S. 4 years ago on Google
    They have some especially rare birds everything is beautifully displayed and the docents are knowledgeable fun until great stories

  • 5/5 Larry O. 3 years ago on Google
    My dad first took me there in the late 60's. I've been back with nieces, nephews, and now a grandchild. whenever I make it to California I make sure to leave a day for Planes of Fame. Great place, Great staff. The same cannot be said about Champs.

  • 5/5 Sky W. 3 years ago on Google
    Love Planes of Fame! Great Collection

  • 3/5 Roger C. 3 years ago on Google
    Air show was not worth the time to go see, to high to see the plane.

  • 5/5 Mario Reyes- N. 3 years ago on Google
    Old planes to just admired

  • 5/5 Paul R. 3 years ago on Google
    Highly recommend this museum for any airplane geek.

  • 5/5 Daniel H. 3 years ago on Google
    The ultimate in world war II & beyond combat aircraft it just is the ultimate

  • 5/5 denise j. 3 years ago on Google
    There are lots of knowledgable volunteers to guide you and provide a little history on the planes. We really enjoyed it. It would be nice to go back when we can explore more.Due to COVID restrictions we were not able to explore close to the planes.

  • 3/5 Jorge R. 3 years ago on Google
    Good

  • 5/5 Jim M. 3 years ago on Google
    One of the greatest air museums in the world! A must visit for any and all aviation enthusiasts 👍🏻👍🏻

  • 5/5 Micah F. 6 months ago on Google • 2 reviews
    PoF is an American treasure. This collection was largely put together immediately post WWII and would be nearly impossible to put together today. With many planes still in flying condition, and several super rare (P-38 Lightning) or one of a kind (airworthy Zero), this is a must-go for anyone remotely interested in WW1-Vietnam era warbirds. If you can, attend one of the monthly weekend flights with talk beforehand.
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