Chino Airport

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Chino Airport
Chino Airport by D Ramey Logan.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCounty of San Bernardino
LocationChino, California
Elevation AMSL650 ft / 198 m
Coordinates33°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 operations168,393
Based aircraft947

Chino Airport (IATA: CNO, ICAO: KCNO, FAA LID: CNO) is a county-owned airport about three miles southeast of Chino, in San Bernardino County, California, United States.[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 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 basic and primary flight training for Army Air Cadets.[4] 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.

Starting in early 1945, training aircraft surplused by the cessation of pilot training programs, and post-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.

During the mid-1960s, the field was used as the location setting for the TV series 12 O'Clock High, as the fictitious Archbury Army Air Field, which was home base to the (equally fictitious) 918th Bomb Group. The airfield itself and a number of World War II-era buildings were used for exterior shots.

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.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

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, no one was seriously hurt, but the jet was destroyed.[5]


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)

General aviation[edit]

In the year ending March 27, 2009 the airport had 173,193 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]


  • Encore Jet Center[6]
  • Threshold Aviation Group[7]

Airport businesses

  • M.I. AIR Aviation Education[8] - flight school
  • Dubois Flight School[9]
  • AIA Flight School[10]
  • Mach One Air Charters[11] - jet charter provider with multiple FAA violations for unsafe operations[12][13]

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • 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 Form 5010 for CNO PDF, effective 2007-10-25
  2. ^ FAA National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems: 2007-2011
  3. ^ Chino Airport Archived 2007-11-24 at the Wayback Machine at San Bernardino County Department of Airports
  4. ^ Associated Press, “Cal-Aero Will Become Primary Training School”, ‘’The San Bernardino Daily Sun’’, San Bernardino, California, Wednesday 31 May 1944, Volume 50, page 10.
  5. ^ Ezzeddine, Tena (14 June 2013). "Jet Slams Into Empty Offices at Chino Airport". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved 14 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Encore Jet Center
  7. ^ Threshold Aviation Group
  8. ^ M.I. AIR Aviation Education
  9. ^ Dubois Flight School
  10. ^ AIA Flight School
  11. ^ Mach One Air Charters
  12. ^ Transcript of FAA Action Against Chino Charter Company Mach One Air Charters
  13. ^ FAA Docket 2015-0643 FAA vs Mach One Air Charters, Dan Hill

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