YANKS AIR MUSEUM 2018


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Yanks Air Museum continues to increase their collection, working on restorations and preservation of historical (American) aircraft.
Funding is by memberships, sponsors and donations.
The collection began in 1973 with the acquisition of the Beech Staggerwing and from there grew to more than 200 aircraft.
I had visited the museum twice before but found it closed when I showed up. This time I took no chances and opted for Yanks Air Museum at Chino (CNO) instead of the Planes of Fame (which I visited in 2008).

 

 

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Douglas C-47D N60480 (c/n 9530); ex/ US Air Force 42-23668 and N7252N
N60480 R07Jan08 Charles F.Nichols, Baldwin Park,CA. Markings previously quoted as '23668/QA' are now lacking.

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B-25J / TB-25J N6116X

N6116X, registered to Charles Nichols on 22May2002

History:
Delivered to U.S. Army Air Force in 1945 as 44-86893, struck ff charge in June 1958.
Stored at Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, December 1957-1959.
To Ace Smelting Inc, Phoenix, AZ, May 18, 1959; reg'd as N8196H
Merrill & Richard Wien, Fairbanks, AK, May 19, 1959-1961
Merric Inc, Fairbanks, AK, June 8, 1961-1962. Flown as tanker #5
To Frontier Flying Service of Fairbanks, AK  19May1962-1963
To RJD Company, Fairbanks -  03Feb1963-1967
Next Aero Retardent, also of Fairbanks, reg'd 04Apr67
Donald G. Gilbertson/James Anderson/Aero Retardent, Fairbanks - 01Dec1967-1977
To Pacific Alaska Airlines, also of Fairbanks 13Jun1977-1979
Back to Donald Gilbertson, Fairbanks, 28Aug1979-1982; flew in blue USN scheme as 'Tite Pussy' (!)
To Aero Heritage Inc, Melbourne Australia, June 4, 1982-1985 but at Stockton (CA), restored to airworthy, Stockton 1982-1983
Ferried to Brisbane from USA, 20Dec 1983.
At Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, 1985-1999, reg'd as VH-XXV; flew as A47-31/KO-P
Last flight on 30Nov1987, put into long term storage at Canberra, 1987-late 90s
Yanks Air Museum, Chino, CA, March 1999-2015, reg'd N6116X in May 2002 (shipped from Sydney to USA during March 1999)
Arrived at Chino with minor shipping damage, April 1999.
Restored to airworthy, Chino,CA, f/f  22Jun2002
warbirdregistry.org/b25registry/b25-4486791.html (last info 2015)
More info on: https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-25/44-86791.html

 

 

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Curtiss JN-4D Jenny, N1104 (c/n A-6)

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Cessna AW, NC8782; first produced in 1928

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1. Curtiss C-1 Robin NC3865B (c/n 469)
2. Brunner-Winkle Bird BK, NC731Y
3. Stearman 4-D Junior Speed Mail (a.k.a. 'Mailwing'), NC3865B (c/n 469)
4. Fleet 7, N684M 'Little Rosey'

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On the ceiling: Aeronca C2, NC12587

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The blue plane is Travel Air 2000, NC6217 c/n 669
On its right: Ryan B-1 Brougham, N6956 (c/n 141)

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The Brougham was the basis of the design of Lindbergh's NYP, hence the similar appearance.

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NC17490 'Porterfield - aircraft corporation - Kansas City,MO '

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1. 1929 De Havilland DH-60M Gypsy Moth; NC917M (c/n 118)
2. American Eagle A-1, N4289
3. Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3, N695M
4. Swallow TP, NC8761 'Swallow'


1. Thomas-Morse S-4C Scout, N39735 (s/n 39735). Restoration completed during 2009
2. Travel Air 2000, NC6217 (c/n 669)
3. 1928 Kreider-Reisner C-2 Challenger
4. 1928 Command-Aire 3C-3, NC136E (c/n 532)

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WACO UEC, NC18613 (c/n 3684)

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Travel Air A-6000-A, N4942V

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Stearman YPT Cloudboy, N795H
Originally delivered new in September 1930 as a Stearman 6-A, with a 165hp Wright J-6 engine, this aircraft was
later retrofitted with a 215hp Lycoming engine, becoming a 6-L. Now on display in the Yanks Air Museum, painted
to represent a US Army YPT-9B.

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1917 Standard J-1 trainer

The J-1 was designed by Charles Day, who was also responsible for the Curtiss Jenny.
During WWi the J-1 was ordered to supplement the Jenny in filling the Air Service's growing need for training aircraft. The J-1 was limited by it's early powerplant, the Hall-Scott A-7.
The Armistice of 1918 resulted in the cancellation of over 2.700 J-1s. When the J-1 was withdrawn from military use, several companies bought them and re-engined them to improve reliability and performance.
With the Jenny, the J-1 was a popular aircraft during the heyday of the barnstormers. However, the Air Commerce Act of 1926 ruled that passenger aircraft could not be built of wood, and grounded them all. This resulted in the destruction of all but a few of the J-1s.'
yanksair.org/collection/standard-j-1

Yanks Air Museum, vintage cars
Vintage cars, and yes, yet another replica of the Wright Flyer!

 


North American P-51A/F6 Mustang, 36274/H-XA or AX-H..?

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North American P-51D Mustang, NL74930 / J-JA

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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt N3152D, 45-49346

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Republic YP-47M Thunderbolt N27385 (42-27385 )
It entered in the 1947 Bendix Trophy Race as #42, the 'Reynolds Bombshell'

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WW2-vintage weapon of mass destruction!

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Curtiss O-52 Owl 40-2769, N61241 ('02769')

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Vultee BT-13B Valiant, N4425V

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N3N N45280, BuNo.2827
The N3N was the last biplane in US military service and was retired from the U S Navy in 1961. The Army
Air Forces Stearman aircraft were retired more than a decade earlier in 1948. Yanks Air Museum has acquired
more than twenty N3N's with plans to recreate the Naval Aircraft Factory assembly line circa 1936!

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Lockheed P-38L/F5G Lightning, N718

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1. Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, N4629V. (BuNo.86564; c/n 5618)
2. 1943 Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless; BuNo. 10518, c/n 2478, N4864J.
3. FJ-1 Fury, 120349 (102/S). In Oct.1953 it broke the record for the fastest flight between Seattle-L.A. in Feb.1948
4. Bell P-39N Airacobra, N81575 ('28740')

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Bell P-63C-5 King Cobra, N94501 'Fatal Fang' (269080)

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North American SNJ-5 (AT-6D) Texan, N43771 (c/n 88-15762; ex US Navy BuNo.43771)
Purchased and restored in 1976 by Stan Hoefler, Yanks' former curator.
Over 2.000 AT-6's remained in service after WWII, also serving abroad as the famous T-6F Harvard.

 

 

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Beech UC-43B Staggerwing, N51746 (c/n 4890)
Ex/ USAAF 43-10842; painted as a UC-43 Traveler assigned to the American Embassy in London

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Lockheed UC-40A (12-A) Electra Jr, N93R (c/n 1257)

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Grumman G-44 Widgeon N33Q (c/n 1398)
Joe Baugher.com: 'USN J4F-2 BuNo.37768, to N9870H (NC9870H). BuNo.37768 wfu 31Jul1946.
To civil registry as NC9870H 04Dec1946, to N33Q 09Jan1975.'

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Grumman JRF-5 Goose, N329 (c/n B140)

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F-18 in Blue Angels aerobatic team colours

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1. Grumman F9F-8P Cougar
2. Canadair F-86E Sabre jet
3. Northrop T-38A Talon
4. North American F-100C Super Sabre

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Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, BuNo. 149636

 

 

 

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The workplace

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Interesting projects going on there. At home I found CF-GUE had been a registration of a Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman,
c/n 542 had moved to Alaska to be operated for Renfros Alaskan Adventures, but its career ended on 11Jul09 when
a forced landing at Akiachuck Village (nr Bethel) caused substantial damage. Photos (2016) on www.aerialvisuals.ca show scrapped remain in open storage at Bethel. In May 2018 I received confirmation those remains were still there.

Christen Wright (Director, Yanks Air Museum) wrote me in May 2018: "The Yanks Norseman was acquired in 2010
and has been here in storage since then. Our registration number is N420QN."

 

 

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Boeing B-52F Stratofortress, 57-0042; Built as a Boeing B-52F-105-BO Stratofortress in 1957.
Served with the USAF until retirement and conversion into a GB-52F ground training airframe at Chanute AFB.
Formerly on display at the Museum of Flying, Santa Monica, CA.

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Douglas KA-3B Skywarrior, BuNo.138965. This A-3 was delivered to the Navy 15Jul1957 and served with VAQ-134
aboard USS Ranger and VAQ-208 at NAS Alameda. She was then retired to AMARC during July 1975 and allocated
the PCN '2A110'. She was rescued from the desert in Oct. 2003 and now waits in the Yanks Air Museum yard for
a space in the restoration hangar. Last operator was VAQ-208/CVWR-20.

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Northrop T-38 jet trainer and Lockheed F-104 Starfighter; behind the Republic F-105 Thunderchief

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When I was a military aviation enthusiast in the 1979s/early-1980s I was fond of the Grumman A-6 Intruders.

On BuNo.160995: the first TRAM A-6E (BuNo 155673) flew on 22March1974, but development was slow and it was
not until 29Nov78 that the 1st production TRAM A-6E was ready (BuNo.160995). The first TRAM A-6E was
delivered to the Navy on 14Dec78. The first deployment with an A-6E TRAM took place on 10Sep79, with
VA-35 aboard the USS Nimitz. Ultimately 228 A-6Es were converted to TRAM configuration.
The TRAM system was widely used during 'Desert Storm'. The famous footage from Desert Storm which depicted
what General Norman Schwartzkopf described as "the luckiest man in Iraq", shows a TRAM view during an A-6E
attack on a bridge: a truck just happened to cross the bridge immediately before the laser-guided bomb hit!
TRAM = Target Recognition Attack Multi-sensor
Source: www.joebaugher.com

BuNo.155644: first noted in storage at Naval Air Depot, NAS North Island, CA. In Nov.2002 noted in
compound behind restoration hangar at Yanks Air Museum, Chino, CA Nov 2002. ¬JoeBaugher.com

 

 

 

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Consolidated PB4Y-2 Super Privateer, N2872G (c/n 66300)

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1+2. Martin 404 (cockpit) N40407 (c/n 14107); ex PBA - Provincetown-Boston Airline (link)
3+4 Curtiss C-46A Commando, N74173 (c/n 289)

From 'Piston Engined Airliner Prod List' (TAHS, 2007)
c/n 289
Dlvd to US Army Air Force 28Feb45 43-47218 --- Indian Govt bt 10Apr46; wfu & stored --- YV-C-ERB for RANSA 1955 --- N5134B Miami Acft & Engine bt 19Jan56 --- Riddle AL bt 14Jan59 --- Airlift Intl nn 29Jan63
--- Zantop Air Transport lsd 16Jul64 --- bt 04Aug66 --- Universal AL nn 21Sep66 --- Aviation Assoc of Georgia bt 15Mar68 --- Bellomy-Lawson Aviation bt 17Jun68 --- Central Caribbean AL lsd Jul68 --- Universal Air Lsng bt 28May69 --- Florida Caribbean AL bt 10Jun70 --- Universal Air Lsng repo  19Mar73 --- Rich Intl AW bt 19Mar73 --- N137R Rich Intl AW rr 09Aug73 --- N74173 Rich Intl AW rr 20Jan76 --- Bellomy-Lawson Aviation Inc bt 26Sep84 --- Aerial Transit Company bt Feb85 --- Southwest Aviation bt Nov89 --- Charles F. Nichols bt Jan2001; wfu & std Las Cruces,NM --- Later placed on display Chino,CA
But... ATDB.aero has a different version; all of the above, stopping at "N137R for Rich Int'l" and then "Scrapped, to rebuild N74173 c/n 22487". And 'c/n 22487 preserved at Chino'.
TAHS has it the other way around (date 1970). Airliners.net also refers to c/n 289 for this Curtiss Commando.

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Curtiss C-46A Commando, N74173 (c/n 289)
FAA on N74173

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Douglas A-4E Skyhawk (A4D-5), BuNo.151038. This Aggressor A-4 '16' served with VF-45 'Blackbirds' at NAS Key
West,FL before being retired to AMARC during June 1994 where it was stored with the PCN/Inventory No.'AN3A0789'.
Now it is awaiting restoration at the Yanks Air Museum.

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Convair C-131F, N9030V (c/n 296); ex/ US Navy BuNo.141013.

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Fairchild C-123K Provider, N87DT (c/n 20030); ex/ USAF 54-0581
Upon my visit to Chino in 2008, I'd found N87DT parked out on the airfield; it was reg'd 17Apr2017 to Yanks Air Museum

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While serious attempts have been made to erase markings / serials, tailnumber N87DT is more or less visible.

 

 

 

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Grumman SA-16B Albatross, N7124S (G-258); in U.S. Air Force colours and carrying the serial 51-7195

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Lockheed EC-121T Warning Star (L-1049A), N548GF (c/n 4363); ex/ USAF 53-548

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Cockpit of C-121
 

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H&P, Hawkins and Powers aerial firefirghters of Greybull,WY - now a museum artifact

 
LINKS:
en.wikipedia.org:_Yanks_Air_Museum
www.aviationmuseum.eu/Blogvorm/yanks-air-museum/

www.airliners.net/search?keywords=yanks&page=7

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Created: 26-May-2018

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