The Grumman F7F Tigercat was originally designed for aircraft carrier use but was cancelled after 364 were built. They were used as night fighters in the Korean War and soon replaced as the jet age came to the the Navy and Marine Corps.
The experience of 22 warbirds starting and launching at one time was something to behold. The sky was filled with P-51s, F8Fs, FM-2s, P-38's, B-25s, F6Fs, F4Us, F7Fs, P-40s, TBM-3s, SNJ-5s, F-3F, J2F, T-33, F-86, MiG-15, SBD, VAL, ZERO, Yak-3, Firefly, and more. A 3-ship F8F Bearcat Aerobatic Team demo was presented by ASB.TV. Silver Wings performed a wing walking act, Rob Harrison flew aerobatics a his Zlin 50 LX, Brian Sanders flew the Hawker Sea Fury with a smoke system, the A-10 Thunderbolt II West team put on a great demo, and the C-17 did their awesome demo.
The Chino Planes of Fame Air Museum had more than 100 WW II era aircraft at the museum and on the flight line- what a sight! The Chino Airport is rich in history with it being a major WW II training base for aviators going to both the Pacific and European Theater of Operations.
The Planes of Fame Air Museum today was a vision of Ed Maloney. He lived near the Chino Airport and witnessed more than 5,000 WW II aircraft being cut up for scrap. Ed Maloney personally bought as many surplus aircraft and parts as he could afford and set out on a mission to restore them. Working from his backyard, Ed painstakingly restored each warbird and opened a small air museum for the public. The first museum was in Claremont, California and was the first of it's kind in the western United States. The location and size of the museum changed several times and grew past Ed's initial lofty visions. The growing collection of the restored WW II aircraft became known as the Planes of Fame Air Museum. We can thank Ed Maloney and his vision for what we have today.