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Yanks Air Museum

Experience the Legacy of American Aircraft

The P-40 Warhawk. (Courtesy Yanks Air Museum)Imagine a time back in historical America, when adventurous men and women flew our legendary aircraft for fun, for show, for profit, to set new world records or to fight and defend our freedom at all costs. Come to Yanks and see the aircraft that turned the tides, and changed the fate of America’s history forever. Oh, and don’t forget, these aircraft can fly!

At Yanks Air Museum, in Chino, California, the desire to honor and preserve historical aircraft has held a prominent place in their legacy since 1972. Founded by Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, who began the search for these world-renowned aircraft, that now span more than a century and a wide variety of eras, wars, conflicts, and events. When you step into one of their hangars, you are instantly transported to another time. You’ll feel a sense of wonder and awe as you explore airpower and how it has changed the world.

Featuring more than 200 aircraft, plus hundreds more vehicles and exhibits, the Yanks Air Museum has become one of the most-loved aviation attractions in Southern California and the world. Located at Chino Airport, veterans, visitors, pilots and enthusiasts travel here from all over to experience their unique collection, and relive a part of history.

For more than 40 years, the Yanks Air Museum has maintained a standard of excellence in acquiring, restoring, preserving, and showcasing an astonishing number of civilian and military aircraft. At Yanks Air Museum, they restore invaluable relics, and icons of historical periods, all with human stories to tell. These aircraft are lifesaving machines not just in times of war, but in rescues, disaster relief and humanity of all kinds. Comprising one of the largest collections of historic American aircraft in the world, the Yanks Air Museum is a secret gem not to be missed.

The Yanks Air Museum’s C-47. (Courtest Yanks Air Museum)From the point of acquisition, Yanks’ aircraft are uniquely and authentically restored to their original factory specifications, by a handful of carefully selected and talented master craftsmen. The museum grants visitors access to the boneyard where aircraft await restoration and to view the restoration process as it occurs, inside the facility. For many, this back-stage exposure to the before and after process of restoration is one of the most popular and memorable experiences we offered.

Not just a coat of paint, aircraft are restored completely inside and out. When you jump into the cockpit, you are ready-for-take-off. Some of the aircraft currently under restoration are the P-40 Warhawk and F4U Corsair. Join the mailing list for flight information on these aircraft.

This world-class aviation museum, has spanned the gamut of honoring legendary aircraft, and came into its own as the ultimate destination for seeing, experiencing, learning and flying some of the greatest aircraft on Earth.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m., the Yanks Air Museum continues a tradition of affordable fun that will accommodate and enlighten with every visit. General admission starts at only $16, featuring $5 entry for children ages 5-11, and offering discounts for groups and affiliates.
Not to be missed are the Open Cockpit Days on the third Saturday of most every month, where children and visitors of all ages can climb aboard and into the cockpits of featured aircraft. There is truly no better way to experience an emotional connection to the past than to step aboard and immerse yourself in that time and place.

Bring the whole family and spend the day discovering many fun activities, like jumping from the C-47 Skytrain! Or you may want to go for a flight on an historic aircraft or check out a free “planes” ride for the kids. The museum’s goal is to open minds (young and old) to new opportunities and provide a place to delight all ages. Check out the events calendar on the website for more details.

There is virtually no end to the wondrous experiences a person can have at the Yanks Air Museum. In July, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s historic flight the museum will feature the flight of their Lockheed Electra Jr. aircraft. Visit Yanks Air Museum in May and you could be one of the lucky winners of a flight on board this aircraft. Put yourself in Amelia’s shoes for a short time and travel back to 1937 when aviation was new and experience a world of adventure. Keep an eye out for this flight opportunity for both visitors and members.

A long list of Yanks aircraft await their rebirth, while master craftsman work diligently to restore them to flight. Many of the aircraft are the only surviving examples of their kind and some are so rare that they may never fly. These aircraft embody the very essence of Yanks Air and its commitment to preservation.
Yanks Air Museum is the perfect venue for your “special event!” Let us host an unforgettable birthday, wedding, reception or meeting. Only eight miles South of Ontario Int’l Airport, Yanks has a one of a kind atmosphere and a unique ambiance. Dine beside iconic aircraft while you eat, drink, dance, and socialize. Your time at Yanks is guaranteed to be an event to remember! For more information email or call 909/597-1735.

From group tours to in-depth interactivity, the Yanks Air Museum provides all the excitement and knowledge of aviation history, in the setting of one of the world’s best collections. Spanning America’s first flight, every world war and conflict, the aircraft honor our veterans, and inspire the future.

Membership is available to all patrons, and there are many membership levels to choose from, each one guaranteeing the visitor access to a vast array of timeless air classics. By becoming a member, you are supporting one of the greatest aircraft restoration and display endeavors on anywhere.

There are a myriad of ways the Yanks Air Museum sets the standard for excellence in aviation exhibition and restoration. Come experience it for yourself!

For more information, call 909/597-1735, or visit online at  

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