Chino Airport

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Chino Airport
Airport type Public
Owner County of San Bernardino
Location Chino, California
Elevation AMSL 650 ft / 198 m
Coordinates 33°58′29″N 117°38′12″W / 33.97472°N 117.63667°W / 33.97472; -117.63667
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 4,919 1,499 Asphalt
8L/26R 4,858 1,481 Asphalt
8R/26L 7,000 2,134 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 168,393
Based aircraft 947

Chino Airport (IATA: CNOICAO: KCNOFAA LID: CNO) is a county-owned airport about three miles southeast of Chino, in San Bernardino County, California.[1] The Federal Aviation Administration's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2007–2011 classified it as a reliever airport,[2] due to its proximity to the LA/Ontario International Airport and the John Wayne Airport (in Orange County).[3]


Cal-Aero Academy was an independent flying school at Chino Airport when World War II started. The U.S. Army Air Forces contracted with the school to provide primary flight training for Army Air Cadets. During the war, Cal-Aero operated the training base with Stearmans and BT-13s. The name "Cal-Aero" is preserved at the airport and it can be seen on several buildings.

After the war, hundreds of combat aircraft were flown into Chino for disposal. This agricultural area was employed as a vast parking lot for warplanes. Soon, the entire area was filled with everything from T-6s to B-24 Liberators. Most planes met an undignified end in portable smelters which were brought there to melt down the warplanes into aluminum ingots.

Chino Airport is the home of two aircraft museums, the Planes of Fame and the Yanks Air Museum, and the airport is one of the centers of aircraft restoration and preservation with several different companies that do this work at the airport.

On 13 June 2013, a private jet crashed into an empty office building near a hangar. Maintenance workers were testing the jet engines when the plane jumped over the chocks and the workers lost control. Since the building was empty, nobody was seriously hurt, but the jet was destroyed.[4]


Chino Airport covers 1,097 acres (444 ha) and has three asphalt runways:[1]

  • 3/21: 4,919 x 150 ft (1,499 x 46 m)
  • 8L/26R: 4,858 x 150 ft (1,481 x 46 m)
  • 8R/26L: 7,000 x 150 ft (2,134 x 46 m)

In the year ending March 27, 2006 the airport had 168,393 aircraft operations, average 461 per day: 99.9% general aviation and <1% military. 947 aircraft are based at the airport: 77 percent single-engine, 18 percent multi-engine, four percent jet, and one percent helicopter.[1]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  • Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for CNO (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-10-25
  2. ^ FAA National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems: 2007-2011
  3. ^ Chino Airport at San Bernardino County Department of Airports
  4. ^ Ezzeddine, Tena (14 June 2013). "Jet Slams Into Empty Offices at Chino Airport". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

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