Visit to Chino Airport, California — Part 1

I arrived in Los Angeles from my home in Springfield, Illinois mid-Friday morning, PST, January 31, 2014,  invited out by Jerri Bergen, President, American Aviation Historical Society. During a fantastic lunch at Cable Airport in nearby Upland, CA,  I was introduced to AAHS member Paul Minert who is a superb photographer and contributor to the organization’s success. Paul generously drove me out to Chino and Flabob airports, both world-famous, and gave me the never-before-dreamed-possible opportunity to photograph anything with wings on the ramps. This post is about half of my harvest from Chino. The second half will follow in a few days. In this presentation the pictures are arranged alphabetically by AeroKnow Museum file name. Click on any for a larger image.

Text about these aircraft is shared in the order the pictures appear. Any additional information you can add is welcome and will be shared in future edits of this post. Write to me at akm@eosinc.com or share what you care in the comments.
Aeronca-a

Aeronca Chief outside the hangar of a business whose name I did not record. Please share the name if you can.
Aeronca-b

 

 

 

 

 

B-74

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antonov An-2 (NATO Code name “Colt.” A friend remembers seeing this airplane some years ago with wings and tail feathers attached. AntAn2-c.

AntAn2-b

AntAN2-d

AntAnt-a
Beech 18s at various places at Chino. Some areas on this vast expanse resemble junk yards, but I was enthralled by the variety of what I encountered. Incredibly impressed. I would LOVE to return with 10 times as much memory capacity for my cameras and charged batteries. I had three more days of picture taking ahead of me, and my personal brainless unpreparedness, the need to choose only the “goldest gold,” hobbled my photography but not my amazement.
Bee18-a

Bee18-b
Bee18-c

Bee18-d
Bee18-e

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Beech Dukes past their prime . . .
BeeDuk-b
BeeDuk-a

BeeDuk-c

BeeDuk-d

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been 30 years since I saw a Beech Queen Air, but I saw one at Chino. Simply WOW!
BeeQuA-b

BeeQuA-a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I flew as VIP passenger in a Fouga Magister when the All American Jet Team (based in Pennsylvania) flew at our local Springfield Air Rendezvous airshow in 2006. Ever since, I have been fascinated by this beauty. I photographed three at Chino.
B-47

B-49

B-51
Note the Canadian civil registry of the first photographed Magister.
FouMag-f

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next Magisters were in a different part of the field, both with French air force markings visible, one with a US civil registration number, one without.
FouMag-d
FouMag-g

FouMag-j
FouMag-h

FouMag-k
FouMag-m

FouMag-p

FouMag-n
FouMag-q
FouMag-r

FouMag-s
FouMag-t

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That’s all for now. In Visit to Chino Airport — Part 2, I will share a picture of a Fuji FA-200 Aero Subaru in Japanese markings and much much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about AeroKnowMuseum, Springfield, Illinois, visit our website   www.aeroknow.com 

Fly safe!

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