Chino, CA - Aces of the Red Star will be the subject of the monthly special event hosted by Planes of Fame Air Museum at the Chino Airport on Saturday, November 1, 2008. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a seminar describing the exploits of Russian fighter pilots from the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, World War II and the Korean War, and conclude with a flight demonstration by a Russian fighter plane from the Planes of Fame collection. Under the banner of communism, Russian fighter pilots were heavily involved in the Spanish Civil War which actually served as a training exercise for the much greater conflict against Nazi Germany in World War II. Subsequently, Russian fighter pilots, generally flying under foreign colors, were very active against their former American and British allies during the Korean War and, until the collapse of the Soviet Union, provided covert support to client states in other conflicts as well.
Historic Aircraft such as this Russian MiG 15 Jet will be in action over the Chino Airport during the Aces of the Red Star event.
In numerical terms, Russian operations against the Germans on World War II’s Eastern Front were particularly staggering. Producing aircraft in huge numbers, the Russians reportedly flew 3,223,000 individual combat missions during the war, losing 46,100 aircraft in the process before overwhelming the Germans.
Established in 1957 as the first permanent air museum in the American West, Planes of Fame Air Museum is an independent, non-profit, educational institution staffed primarily by a core of dedicated volunteers. The museum supports its operations with admission fees, donations, facilities rentals and proceeds from the use of its aircraft in various productions.
A pioneer in the concept of restoring historic display aircraft to flying condition, the museum also has a special membership program available to the public. One of the advantages of membership is the opportunity to actually experience the thrill of orientation flights in genuine warbirds. At each monthly special event, members in attendance, including last-minute sign-ups, can have their names entered into a free drawing for a warbird orientation flight.
Planes of Fame Air Museum is open to the public every day, except Christmas and Thanksgiving, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. General admission is $11, youngsters 5-11 are admitted for $4, and admission is free for accompanied children under 5.
Source: The Air Museum Planes of Fame
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