Chino’s Planes of Fame Air Museum showcases US military aerial history

John R. Beyer

According to Docent Scott, I was looking at the only original World War II Japanese Zeros: the Mitsubishi A6M5.

“There are about six or so, still left and able to fly, but this one is one hundred percent original: all Mitsubishi parts,” Docent Scott stated.

That was rather impressive, but so was Docent Scott and his knowledge of all the planes located at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California.

I already knew a lot about planes, though. For instance, they have wings, usually a functioning engine, and someone to pilot it. And hopefully, someone is serving adult beverages to the passengers.

The Mitsubishi Aircraft Company produced these long-range fighter planes for the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1939 until 1945. The plane, known as the Zero — named after the last digit of the Imperial year 2600 (also known as 1940, the first year they were delivered), were to be utilized during World War II atop the navy’s aircraft carriers.

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