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Bud Anderson – P-51 Triple Ace signs Man O’War

This year at the Truckee Air Show we were fortunate to have triple ace Clarence “Bud” Anderson come visit with us.  Some quick thinking on the part of Tom Newhard, Bud actually signed the ammo access hatch on Man O’War.  Pretty cool!

More info on Bud can be found on his website here:  http://www.cebudanderson.com/

Here are some photos taken by Mark Loper who gave us permission to share

 

2019-08-24T13:26:52-07:00August 24th, 2019|News|

WWII Begins – SNJ Trainer Presentation

This past Saturday, August 31st, 2019, we held our most recent aircraft presentation: World War II beings – the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II.   

The focus of our presentation was the the airplane that started a pilot’s training: The SNJ Texan.  

Look for an update soon to this post.  We hope to have the video presentation added here.

 

 

2019-09-03T21:16:25-07:00July 7th, 2019|News|

New page added – Aircraft Presentations

Since we have been adding new presentation videos fairly consistently, we decided to add a permanent home for these videos. You can now access them from the top main menu under AIRCRAFT.

Here is the link as well: Aircraft Presentations

And a very special thank you to all volunteers and staff for your hard work in getting this valuable information down on video for all to experience.

2019-08-24T13:14:45-07:00April 28th, 2019|News|

Our Condolences

We would like to express our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of David Vopat, the pilot of the Planes of Fame’  Northrop N9MB ‘Flying Wing’, both recently lost in a crash just outside of Chino, CA. Dave was a pilot and mechanic at Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA, and played a major role in the preservation and operation of this one-of-a-kind aircraft.  More detailed information can be found on their website located here: Tribute to David Vopat

The N-9M was a unique national treasure and the fatal crash has left us deeply saddened. Our thoughts are with the pilot’s family, our Planes of Fame friends and the warbird community at large, all of whom are deeply effected by the sorrow of this loss.

We realize that an unfortunate event like this will raise the question of risk vs. reward, so we are including here a recent post from our social media outlets by one of our own volunteers:

“Why do we do this? Why take on the risks of operating vintage aircraft, sometimes paying that ultimate cost?

Far from being adrenaline junkies pushing the latest energy drink, in our opinion, we do this to follow our passions and seek a connection with the brave men and women of an important part of our collective history. To not do so, would condemn these aircraft to becoming dusty, soulless relics in museums and within pages of history books, soon to be forgotten along with what they stood for and the price that was paid by a generation of people to preserve our freedoms.

It offers little comfort to the larger surviving family of this tragedy, but thank you for doing what you do, may we take some solace from the thought that to follow one’s passions in life is a blessing few can boast. We’ll miss the N9MB and even more, our friend who has traded one set of wings for another.”

2019-04-28T15:48:05-07:00April 28th, 2019|News|