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-51A Mustang on display
Location Chino Airport, Chino, California
Coordinates 33°58′45.36″N 117°38′47.81″W / 33.9792667°N 117.6466139°W / 33.9792667; -117.6466139
Type Aviation museum
Website http://www.yanksair.com

The Yanks Air Museum is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization and museum dedicated to exhibiting, preserving and restoring American aircraft and artifacts, located at Chino Airport in Chino, California.

Chino facility and exhibits[edit]

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 1980s 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]

A total of 190 aircraft are displayed, covering the period from 1903 through 1984 including the Inter-War period that includes the Ryan Brougham, American Eagle A-101 and Swallow TP.

Rare types on display from World War II include the P-51A Mustang, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, P-47M Thunderbolt, North American B-25 Mitchell, Douglas SBD Dauntless, Curtiss SB2C Helldiver and Grumman F6F Hellcat.[1] Many of them were built in Southern California.[2]

Aircraft Collection

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.[3]

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References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ogden 2007, p. 168.
  2. ^ Parker 2013
  3. ^ "Yanks Greenfield Expansion". The Yanks Air Museum. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ogden, Bob. Aviation Museums & Collections of North America. London: Air-Britain, 2007. ISBN 0-85130-385-4.
  • Parker, Dana T. Building Victory: Aircraft Manufacturing in the Los Angeles Area in World War II. Cypress, California: Dana T. Parker Books, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9897906-0-4.

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