One of the planes I had never seen before was this Focke-Wulf FW-190 replica. Some of Germany's most successful aces flew the FW-190 - which was so greatly feared by the Allies it earned the nickname Butcher Bird.
The Butcher Bird looks quite intimidating, and is all business!
Here's a closeup view of the FW-190 nose. Too bad I didn't get to see it fly!
This FW-190A-9 replica is painted as the plane flown by German Ace Oskar Bosch. Restoration on the plane was completed days before the airshow, and it flew in for the static display.
Something new I tried out at the show was lifting the camera high in the air on a monopod, to get that elevated viewpoint on the static displays. Of course, my remote shutter release was safe and sound in the car - but I was able to use the timer to make it work! Here's a nose-on view of the B-25.
Over in the re-enactment area, was this Fi-156 Storch replica.
I think the owner said it was 3/4 scale, and it was quite immaculate. Storch had a reputation for being able to take off and land on very short runways (more like lawns really).
Someone with a great sense of humour!
The Planes of Fame flies the restored Northrop N-9M flying wing. It took around 20 years to restore the N-9M, and it began flying again in 2001. In 2006 however, the plane suffered an in-flight engine fire. This show marks the first time the fully repaired flying wing takes to the skies again!
A rear view on one of the gigantic C-17 engines.
Another Storch on display.
Lots of people at the show admiring the planes. The B-25 nose, and parts of the FW-190 and B-17 can be seen here.
Many of the P-51 Mustangs are lined up here.
Steve Hinton checking out the P-51C Mustang 'Princess Elizabeth' prior to the start of flying.
'Mrs. Virginia' is an early P-51A Mustang.
Recently restored, and making its show debut was the Planes of Fame A-36 Apache! Derived from the early model P-51 Mustangs, the A-36 looks very similar from afar.
There are some differences though, as can be seen by the A-36 Apache dive brakes - which are deployed here.
The A-36 was developed as a ground-attack dive bomber, which served in North Africa, the Mediterranean, Italy, and Burma. The A-36 was an effective attack platform, but the liquid cooled Allison engine was vulnerable to small arms fire. The type was replaced later in the war by the much sturdier P-47 in the ground attack role.
The magnificent Corsair with its wings folded (to save space on board carriers).
A F6F Hellcat.
Parked at the Chino airport is this Fairchild C-123K. The C-123 was used in a variety of roles during the Vietnam War.
Also at the airport was this CAF Convair C-131D Samaritan. The C-131 was used for medical and VIP transport.
On static display was a F/A-18 Super Hornet.
An up close view of the Bell P-59A Airacomet
A kind of cool artsy shot.
T-38 from Beale AFB.
This freshly restored A-4 Skyhawk flew in for the show. There was some question whether they'd be able to finish everything in time or not, but they made it!
Put together with parts from several different Skyhawks, it's got just a few hours airtime on it. According to the people that put her together, she flew wonderfully! Just a tiny trim adjustment required.
I've seen it referred to as 'Frankenhawk', but I don't believe it has been officially named yet! They said the plane was up for sale; All it needs is a coat of paint to look factory mint!
Quite looking forward to seeing the A-4 in the air sometime!
Quite overcast/foggy in the morning. Here are some of the Reno racers lined up.
This is a Yak-3 Soviet WWII fighter.
The A6M Zero beside the Hellcat.
Shark mouthed P-40 Warhawks.
The super fast P-51 Strega racer.
Front view of the P-40.
The P-40 symbolized American air power at the start of the war.
Beautiful in a menacing sort of way, the P-47 Thunderbolt sits low to the ground.
For such a huge plane, the P-47 had suprisingly good performance.
Initially used for long range bomber escorts, the P-47 really stood out as a tough ground attack fighter-bomber.
'Dreadnought' is Hawker Sea Fury which participates in the Reno air races.
Close up of the Firefly's rockets.
TBM Avenger on the hotramp.
Built as a torpedo bomber, it could also carry missile and bombs on the wings' hardpoints.
Another view of the Avenger.
Always interesting to try and get a nice angle on the P-38 Lightning.
The Avenger in line with other planes.
A low angle shot of the P-38.
Impressive how big the AD Skyraider is.
Great close support aircraft, the Skyraider can carry loads of bombs and missiles, and can loiter for a long time!
Here's the P-38 '23 Skidoo'.
Viper West brought out their F-16 aircraft for the show.
This is the Planes of Fames' F-86E North American Saber.
Beside it was the Korean War counterpart, the Mig-15.
Also there was the T-33 Shooting Start 'Ace Maker'.
So cool to have re-enactors in WWII U.S. paratroop uniforms beside the C-53 Skytrooper.
A Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is used by the Air Force for basic pilot training.
'Super Snooper' is a Stinson L-5 Sentinel. It was used during WWII as a liason aircraft, and had good short field takeoff and landing capabilities.
This is a Cessna O-2A Skymaster. The O-2 was used as a Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft during the Vietnam War.
The Cessna O-1E/L-19 was another military liason aircraft used for artillery spotting, communications, medivac, Forward Air Control, and training. The L-19 (later renamed O-1) Bird Dog was used in both the Korean, and Vietnam War.
Having fun with the wide angle lens on the Super Hornet.
One last look at the FW-190!