Exciting November Flying Event at the Planes of Fame Air Museum
Rare de Havilland DH.98 “Mosquito” to Fly on November 20
For November, we’re combining our monthly “Flying Demo Day” with our “Hangar Talk” to create a very special day.
On Saturday, November 20, 2021 we’ll be presenting information about, and then flying, a de Havilland DH.98 “Mosquito” multirole combat aircraft. This visiting two-seat aircraft is powered by two 1700 horsepower Merlin inline engines. The airframe is unique in that it is primarily comprised of wood, making this aircraft among the largest operational and powered wooden aircraft of the Second World War.
“Mosquitos” were developed during World War II and served with the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force as well as scores of others during the conflict. Their design and power gave them the speed to serve a variety of roles, including fighter-bomber, night fighter, reconnaissance, and more. The DH.98s continued in service with the RAF and other services until the 1950s.
Regular Museum Admission prices (Members admitted free) are in effect. Doors to Planes of Fame open at 10:00am with the “Hangar Talk”presentation beginning at 10:30am and lasting until 12:00pm.
Bring your cameras or get your phones ready as visitors to the Museum will then watch the two Merlin engines power up and the “Mosquito” will taxi away at 12:15pm and then fly over the Museum for approximately 20 minutes. Upon its return, guests will be able to participate in a Q&A session with pilot Steve Hinton, who will be flying the “Mosquito.”
This DH.98 “Mosquito” is part of the Charles Somers Warbird Collection and is made possible through his generosity. One of only three surviving “Mosquitos” that still fly (over 7,500 were built), it was built by de Havilland as an FB-Mk.VI in a fighter-bomber configuration and served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force after the war. It was restored to flight in New Zealand and made its first flight after restoration in 2019. The aircraft will be on display at Planes of Fame beginning Wednesday, November 17 with plans for it to remain onsite for several days after the November 20 flying event.
Also on November 20th will be the judging for the 4th Annual Ed Maloney Scale Model Contest – featuring scale model submissions from Museum members and volunteers. This fun event will be judged by everyone in attendance with prizes awarded in several categories. More information can be found below.
November 20th is also the deadline for entries in the 5th Annual “Student Art Contest”. This event, also featured below, is open to students in grades 1 thru 6, regardless of where they reside. If you know a young artist, encourage them to submit their masterpiece and a chance to win some nifty prizes.
We’ll cap off the November 20 event with food and coffee service and scores of historical re-enactors will be onsite to provide further insight into the military engagements of WWII. The Museum’s B-17 “Flying Fortress” will be open to visitors and our Museum Guides will happily conduct visitors on an escorted tour of the Museum. Should be a great day for everyone.
Calling All Museum Members and Volunteers
The 4th Annual Ed Maloney Scale Model Contest is Drawing Near
Submit Your Entry Form Today – Model Contest Slated for Saturday, November 20, 2021 “Hangar Talk”
The Ed Maloney Scale Model Contest is back! Open to all active Museum Members and Volunteers, this fun and challenging event pays tribute to the Museum’s founder and his love of scale model building.
Over the course of Ed’s life, he built hundreds of models and today, the Museum is home to over 7,500 scale models and kits.
Here’s your chance to continue the tradition by displaying your handiwork for judging. Prizes for First Place, Second Place, Third Place are available in four Scale Aircraft Divisions (Novice Model Builder, Intermediate Model Builder, Advanced Model Builder, Junior Model Builder) and our new “Motor Pool”Division which allows for submission of military vehicle models.
To enter, submit your Entry Form today. Each member or volunteer may submit up to three models in this year’s contest.
Bring your models to the Museum on Saturday, November 20, 2021 and during our “Hangar Talk” presentation on that day, your entries will be judged and prizes awarded!
For more information, contact Ted Mount at [email protected].
Calling All Student Artists!
5th Annual Student Art Contest is Underway
All children grades 1st thru 6th are invited to participate in the Planes of Fame Air Museum’s 5th Annual Student Art Contest.
With the theme of “Soaring to New Heights” student artists are encouraged to draw or paint whatever comes to mind on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper and submit it into our contest. There are three categories based upon grade level (1st-2nd; 3rd-4th; 5th-6th) and the contest is open to children no matter where they live. There are some pretty nifty prizes for the top three entries in each category!
For complete rules and submission information, visit here: 5th Annual Student Art Contest | Planes of Fame Air Museum.
But hurry, the Contest closes on Saturday, November 20, 2021.
Planes of Fame Air Museum
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Open Wednesday – Sunday
10:00am – 4:00pm
14998 Cal Aero Drive • Chino Airport • Chino, CA 91710