Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Planes of Fame Air Museum

  • Chino, CA
  • www.planesoffame.org

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public and honor aviation pioneer and veterans.

Main Programs

  1. Annual Air Show
  2. Living History Monthly Events
  3. Aviation Discovery Program
  4. Archives
Service Areas

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California

Planes of Fame Air Museum is located in Chino, California but attracts visitors from all over the world. Planes of Fame also has a second facility near Grand Canyon in Valle, Arizona.

ruling year

1960

President

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Mr. Steve Hinton

Keywords

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aircraft restoration, aircraft preservation, aircraft display, living history events, veterans stories

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EIN

95-6092771

 Number

2843515781

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Commemorative Events (A84)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Planes of Fame is where aviation history lives! Planes of Fame opened in 1957, the first aviation museum west of the Rockies. Initially established to save historic aircraft from extinction, the museum collection includes over 150 aircraft, many still flown regularly. Keeping 'em flying has been our motto from the beginning and at Planes of Fame you will see many rare original aircraft fly including the Northrop N9M Flying Wing and the only Japanese Zero operating with a Sakai engine.

The museum is comprised of seven display hangars full of aircraft and aviation memorabilia from the Chanute glider to the jet age. Planes of Fame is open seven days a week, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

Planes of Fame opened the Aviation Discovery Center at the Chino location in July of 2009. Chock full of exhibits including flight simulators, rocket launcher and 'The Sound Barrier' engine room, it is currently open on Saturday. The Aviation Discovery Program is underway, offering teachers and their students two tour options at the museum. The 475th Fighter Group display is open seven days a week, featuring the memorabilia of this highly successful squadron and the Planes of Fame P-38 '23 Skidoo.'

A complete year of programming including monthly living history events and the air show in May keep attendance up at the museum. The schedule is posted on the museum website.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Annual Air Show

Planes of Fame Air Museum hosts an annual Air Show in May, showcasing the Museum's flyable historic aircraft. 2010 show dates are May 15-16. The theme is 'A Salute to the Greatest Generation.' Gates will open at 8:00. Flying will begin around noon and end around 4:30. Meet veterans and hear their stories as they relate them to Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, our panel moderator.

Category

General Code

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 2

Living History Monthly Events

On the first Saturday of each month, Planes of Fame Air Museum offers you an opportunity to live history. Beginning at 10:00am with a seminar by a panel of aviation experts or history making icons, the Living History events presentation concludes around noon with a flight demonstration of a classic aircraft. Each month hosts a different topic, panel and associated aircraft. This is a great way to learn of legendary events – straight from the men and women who made history!

Category

General Code

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 3

Aviation Discovery Program

The mission of the educational program of the Planes of Fame Museum Air Museum is to provide a safe and structured learning environment for students to explore the science and history of flight through programs that instruct, engage and inspire.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 4

Archives

As a result of our Archivapalooza event, we were able to jump start cataloging our print archives and organize the materials for the Planes of Fame Reading Room. The library is now open Saturdays and by appointment to researchers.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$15,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Preserve aviation history by saving aircraft and memorabilia. Inspire interest in aviation, giving kids of all ages a glimpse of what is possible with an aviation career or hobby. Educate the public: using aviation as the context to teach history, math and science, celebrating our nation's aviation heritage. Honor aviation pioneers and veterans-never let their contributions be forgotten.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Museum is open 363 days a year. Living history events on site monthly. Two different types of guided tours offered for home school students and school groups. Out reach includes participation in air shows and the Heritage Flight program.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Strong volunteer support makes the museum capable of reaching its goals year after year. The museum also enjoys strong financial footing thanks to the many donors who support the museum year in and year out.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Attendance, membership and financial support are the indicators we use to monitor our progress. Easily measured and compared year to year, the board reviews this information quarterly to keep track of the museum's health and growth.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since 1957, we have preserved over 150 historic aircraft, maintaining and flying 35 of them year round, preserved aviation memorabilia and given veterans a place to bring their families and meet their compatriots. Next up is to strengthen the Aviation Discovery Program, the educational arm of the museum.
Service Areas

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California

Planes of Fame Air Museum is located in Chino, California but attracts visitors from all over the world. Planes of Fame also has a second facility near Grand Canyon in Valle, Arizona.

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Funding Needs

Current projects in need of funding include: Korean War Memorial Education Program coordinator Education Program-buses, supplies B-17 restoration P-59 restoration VAL restoration O-47 restoration

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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President

Mr. Steve Hinton

BIO

Steve Hinton has been involved with Planes of Fame for over 40 years. Renowned in the field of aircraft restoration, Mr. Hinton is also an accomplished pilot, working in film and tv, and participating in air shows as a member of the USAF Heritage Flight Program.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Brian Boyer

No affiliation

Term: June 2009 - June 2011

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