Yanks Air Museum

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Yanks Air Museum
North American P-51A Mustang, Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California.jpg
Preserved North American P-51 Mustang on display
Location Chino, California
Type Aviation museum
Website http://www.yanksair.com

The Yanks Air Museum is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to exhibiting, preserving and restoring American aircraft and artifacts.

Chino facility and exhibits[edit]

The Chino, California, Yanks Air Museum houses one of the largest and most historically significant collections of American aircraft including the World War II fighters, dive and torpedo bombers. The aircraft collection begins with the 1903 Wright Flyer (only replica in collection) and continues though the 1980's era represented by the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and Blue Angels F-18 Hornet. The collection now numbers more than 190 aircraft and continues to grow, many are the last surviving examples of their kind. Yanks restores all aircraft to airworthy condition, in the restoration of these rare aircraft, only original factory specifications and materials are used.

The Chino facility encompasses 176,000-square-foot (16,400 m2) under roof and covers 10 acres (40,000 m2). In addition to the display hangars, public access is permitted, on a supervised basis, to the main restoration hangar and boneyard where historic aircraft can be seen either awaiting their turn or in various stages of restoration. Yanks master craftsmen restore and repair using proper materials in wood, fabric, metal and electrical. Some of the aircraft will not be flown due to their rarity, but are restored to fully airworthy condition.


Aircraft collection[edit]

190 Aircraft displayed from 1903 through 1984 including the Inter-War period include the Ryan Brougham, American Eagle A-101 and Swallow TP.

Rare types on display from World War II include the P-51A Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, P-38 Lightning, P-47M Thunderbolt, B-25 Mitchell, SB2C Helldiver and F6F Hellcat.[1]

Aircraft Collection Aeronca C-2 Sport, Aeronca PC-3 Sport, Aeronca K Scout, American Eagle A-101, Beech D-17S Staggerwing (UC-43), Bell UH-1H Huey, Bell AH-1F Cobra, Bell P-39N Airacobra, Bell P-63A Kingcobra, Bell 47D-1 Sioux, Bellanca 300-A Viking, Boeing B-52F Stratofortress*, Brunner Winkle Bird BK, Canadair Sabre 6 (N/A F-86E), Canadair Sabre 6 (N/A F-86F), Cessna 172-A Skyhawk, Cessna T-37 Tweety Bird, Cessna AW, Cessna T-50 Bobcat (UC-78), Cessna Command-Aire, Cessna 3C-3, Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer, Convair C-131 Samaritan (R4Y-1), Convair F-106B Delta Dart, Curtiss JN-4D Jenny, Curtiss JNS Jenny, Curtiss C-1 Robin, CurtissC-2 Robin, Curtiss CW-1 Junior, Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver, Curtiss O-52 Owl, Curtiss P-40E Warhawk, Curtiss C-46F Commando, Double Eagle, Douglas A-4A Skyhawk, Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, Douglas A-4E Skyhawk, Douglas AD-4N Skyraider, Douglas C-47A Skytrain, Douglas KA-3B Skywarrior, Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless, Ercoupe 415-D, Fairchild PT-26 Cornell, Fieseler 103 V-1 Rocket, Fleet 7B Fawn, General Dynamics F-16B Viper, General Dynamics F-111D Aardvark, Grumman G-21A Goose, Grumman F-11 Tiger, Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, Grumman A-6E Intruder, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, Grumman TBF-1CAvenger, Grumman G-44 Widgeon, Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat, Grumman UH-16 Albatross, Grumman F9F-2 Panther, Grumman F9F-6 Panther, Grumman F9F-8P Cougar, Hawker P-1101 Hunter T-7, AV8/GR-3 Harrier, Kellett KD-1 Autogyro, Kreider-Reisner C-2 Challenger, Lear 23, Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star, Lockheed EC-121T Super Constellation, Lockheed UC-40D Electra Junior, Lockheed P-38L Lightning, Lockheed T-33A, Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, Martin 404*, McCulloch HUM-1(MC-4A), McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, McDonnell F-4C Phantom II, McDonnell F-4J/S Phantom II, McDonnell F/A-18 Hornet, McDonnell F/A-18 Hornet*, Moth Aircraft GH-4 Gipsy Moth, Noorduyn Norseman, Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3, North American TB-25J Mitchell, North American P-51D Mustang, North American Fury FJ-1, North American F-100C Super Sabre, North American T-6D/SNJ-5 Texan, North American P-51A Mustang, Northrop T-38A Talon, Northrop F-5 Tiger II, Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever, Porterfield 35-70 Flyabout, Republic F-105D Thunderchief, Republic F-84E Thunderjet, Republic F-84F RE Thunderjet, Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, Republic YP-47M Thunderbolt, Ryan B-1 Brougham, Schultz ABC, Schweizer SGS.2-12, Sikorsky S-58B, Sikorsky CH-3C, Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard, Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly, Standard J-1, Stearman 4D, Stearman YPT-9BCloudboy, Stinson L-5E Sentinel, Swallow TP, Taylor J-2 Cub, Thomas Pigeon, Thomas-Morse S-4C Scout, Travel Air 2000, Vickers PBY-5 Super Catalina, Vought A-7B Corsair II, Vought F4U-4 Corsair, Vought OS2U-3 Kingfisher, Vultee BT-13B Valiant, Waco 10 GXE, Waco UEC, Waco CG-4A Hadrian, Wright Flyer (Replica), Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka 11,

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Greenfield project[edit]

Work is now underway to create a second Yanks Air Museum facility in Greenfield, California. The facility will include 440 acres (1.8 km2), the campus will be centered on the new 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) museum facility. An active airport will support both museum flight operations and the private aviation needs of museum visitors and local aviators. Other features of this master planned complex also include an advanced-technology education center, a quality level hotel and spa, winery, restaurants, service facilities, shops, and a recreational vehicle park. [2]

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References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ogden, 2007, p. 168
  2. ^ Yanks Greenfield Expansion. The Yanks Air Museum. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ogden, Bob. Aviation Museums & Collections of North America. London: Air-Britain, 2007. ISBN 0-85130-385-4.

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Coordinates: 33°58′45.36″N 117°38′47.81″W / 33.9792667°N 117.6466139°W / 33.9792667; -117.6466139