Flying Leathernecks at Planes of Fame

CHINO, CA – Flying Leathernecks will be the theme of the monthly special event to be hosted by Planes of Fame Air Museum at the Chino Airport on March 1, 2008. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a seminar on the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation and conclude with a flight demonstration by the Planes of Fame Vought F4U-1 Corsair, a World War II fighter plane that came to symbolize Marine Corps aviation in that conflict.

Together with the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps is subordinate to the Department of the Navy. The Corps traces its history back to the earliest days of the nation when the leather collars that topped off its uniforms resulted in Marines being referred to as “Leathernecks.”

Actually used as a readily deployable expeditionary force, the Marine Corps is unique in that it is composed of forces intended for land, sea and air operations in one package. Dating back to World War I, Marine Corps aviation has always been primarily intended to directly support the Marines on the ground. Marine Corps aviation provides worldwide support to ground forces from land bases, alongside U.S. Navy squadrons aboard aircraft carriers and from the decks of amphibious assault ships.

The very first permanent air museum in the American West, Planes of Fame is an independent, non-profit, educational institution staffed primarily by a core of dedicated volunteers. The museum supports its daily 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, Planes of Fame also has a special membership program available to the public, with the opportunity to experience the thrill of orientation flights in genuine warbirds being one of the benefits of membership. At each monthly special event, members in attendance, including last-minute sign-ups, can have their names entered into a free drawing for a member-supported warbird orientation flight.

For more information about The Air Museum ‘Planes of Fame’ and its events, please call 909-597-3722; or visit the ‘Planes of Fame’ website at


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