BZ's 2009 Chino - Static Displays

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This year, the Planes of Fame organizers set up the planes to allow really optimal static viewing and pictures. The planes on the hot ramp were arranged in a row in front of the crowd line facing them. Before the show started, the crowd could walk close up to the planes which would be flying later, and get a good view of them from the frontal arc. Also, we could get really clean pictures anytime since there's no one beside or behind the planes.

Pics taken using a Nikon D50, 15-105mm VR lens, and D200, 70-300mm VR lens.
- Bernard Zee

This cool looking seaplane is a Grumman J2F Duck. Introduced in 1936, and flown by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Max speed is 155mph.

This is a close view of the Silver Wings Wingwalking Stearman. There's a label on the right which says 'Spin Prohibited'!

One of 2 B-25s at the show.

Close up view of a Ryan PT-22 Recruit. Beautiful finish on it!

A P-40 Warhawk.

The dreaded 'Flying Barrel'!

FM-2 Wild Cat - with the naughty gesturing nose art.

A Hellcat in Brithish colors.

Gassing up the Wildcat.

Grumman F7F Tigercat.

A Grumman Avenger Torpedo bomber.

An immaculate Avenger from the CAF.

Wow, it's like I've travelled back in time. So many warbirds lined up!

Closeup of the Avenger's Wright R-2600-20 radial engine.

3 Avengers in a row! All of them flying later on.

The Bearcat took the design philosophy from the FW-190 Focke Wulf. Basically the same engine used in a Hellcat in the lightest possible frame.

The Bearcat's wide stanced landing gear can be seen here. Front to back, are the Bearcat, Hellcat, Avengerx3, Tigercat, another Bearcat, etc...

The 'Bossman' Tigercat. One of only 3 flying examples left. All 3 were at the show though!

The sole F4U Corsair at the show. Last year had 4!

Like most of the Grumman planes, the Corsair had folding wings for carrier operations.

The twin engined P-38 Lightning is a quite striking looking design. Only looks 'right' from certain angles though.

A Grumman OV-1 Mohawk. Too bad it wasn't flying though!

The Mohawk is an armed military observation and attack aircraft that flew in Vietnam and even in Desert Storm. Very distinctive looking plane!

A Russian An-2 transport.

A bunch of Yellow planes. :-)

This B-25 is in flying condition, but was on static display at the show.

Got a correction from Troy Cobb, the owner of the immaculate Birddog pictured here. The Air Force version of the plane was called a O-1, while the army version was L-19. I got it backward! Frank provided the following short history on the plane:
"The L-19 / O-1 was originally designed for the military in 1950. It flew as observation artillery spotting etc in Korea. During Vietnam, The Army used them for same purpose as well as controlling air strikes. Army used the L-19 designation. The Air Force needed something low and slow that could hang around and control air strikes and coordinate with ground units. They got Birddogs from the army and ran their own bunch. They used the designation O-1 (Observation vs L liaison) ."

This O-1 has the 19th TASS paint scheme used in early to mid 60's Vietnam.

The L-19 was used by the Army as a Forward Air Control aircraft in the Korean and Vietnam war. This aircraft is owned by Fran Vranicar (info by Troy Cobb). I believe those are smoke bombs meant to mark targets.

A spokesperson for Sgt Love was at the show. Nice smile! hehe.

This naked plane can be found at the Planes of Fame museum proper.

This clean looking F-86 was also in the museum.

The P-39 Airacobra has distinctive tricycle landing gear - uncommon for that time.

A closeup of the P-47 Thunderbolt. With 4 browning .50 calibre machine guns in each wing (8 total), it could really hose down the target.

Another P-40 Warhawk in a unique screaming chicken motif.

I believe this is a North American A-36A ground attack dive bomber. If it looks like a P-51 Mustang, it's because it was derived from it!

This is a Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Nimble and fast, it was dangerous till the end of the war.

One of 2 Yak-11's at the show.

Twin machine guns at the rear of the Douglas SBD Dauntless.

Front view of the Dauntless.

A Val replica (used in the movie Tora, Tora, Tora!)

A nice overview of the hotramp area before the flying starts.

A headlong view of the awesome A-10 Warthog.

Cool bling spinners on the Hog!

An beautiful red Alpha Jet on static display. Didn't fly at the show.

A cool looking retro sytled yellow plane. Sorry, don't know much more than that! :-)

The army version on the right is called L-19, while the Air Force version (left) is O-1. If I just called them Birddogs, I can't mix it up!.
The right Birddog is owned by Jimmy New, and the left one by Troy Cobb. All 3 Birddogs there (can only see 2 here) are based out of Chino, CA. (info by Troy Cobb)

A Gloster Meteor on static display. Would have liked to catch it in the air!

This is a Grumman F9F Panther. This is the first fighter jet from Grumman. The 'cat' motif in the name is retained.

Hellcat, Avengers, and Tigercat in front of the crowd.

A N9M-B Flying wing on static display.

A couple of Planes of Fame workers relaxing infront of a P-51.

The business end of the P-38.

Standing for the National Anthem (of course).

I believe it is an Allison V-12 engine being demo'd. That engine was used in the P51A, P40, P38, and P-39.

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