Yankee Air Museum Launches Drive-In Airshows To “Keep ‘Em Flying” During Pandemic

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After canceling their annual Thunder Over Michigan airshow this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yankee Air Museum decided they still wanted to put on a flying event. They settled on not one but two socially-distanced, drive-in airshows that they’re calling “Friday Night Flights”. The lineup is comprised of Yankee’s own flying warbirds: the… Read more

Warbird Operators Plan Special Flyovers To Mark 75th Anniversary Of WWII Victory This Friday

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UPDATE: Some flyovers have been pushed back due to weather. Be sure to check our forums for details! ORIGINAL POST: Although airshows across the country are currently grounded, flyovers have become a major event in recent weeks. Now, some air museums and warbird operators are launching some flyovers of their own. On Friday, May 8th,… Read more

Pilot Killed In Flying Wing Crash Identified

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Photo Courtesy of Planes of Fame Air Museum The pilot killed in Monday’s N9M Flying Wing crash has been identified as David Vopat. He was flying the one-of-a-kind aircraft near its home base in Chino, CA when it crashed into a prison yard in nearby Norco. You can read more about the N9M in our… Read more

Last Surviving N9M Flying Wing Crashes in California; Pilot Killed

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Photo Courtesy of Jeff Cook / Live~N~Loud Photography Update: The pilot has been identified. The last remaining example of a Northrop N9M Flying Wing prototype crashed near Chino, California today, taking the life of the pilot, whose name is being withheld for now. The aircraft was owned and operated by the Planes of Fame Air… Read more

Planes Of Fame Airshow Lawsuit Settled; Popular Event Will Continue

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The legal dispute between the Planes of Fame Air Museum, the Flying Tigers Aviation FBO, and the Yanks Air Museum has been settled. The lawsuit, which aimed to end the popular Planes of Fame airshow put on by the museum, was initially filed immediately before the 2017 airshow. Several airport tenant companies alleged that the… Read more

Historic “Memphis Belle” B-17 Moved Into US Air Force Museum Hangar

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On March 14th, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force marked completion of the B-17F “Memphis Belle” restoration project. In view of invited media and 300 Air Force Museum Foundation members, the “Memphis Belle” was towed from the Museum’s restoration hangar to the WWII Gallery where it replaced “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby”, a B-17G… Read more

USAF Thunderbirds Museum Reopens At Nellis AFB

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds have re-opened their team museum at their home base of Nellis AFB. The museum helps tell the Thunderbird story, from its beginnings, to today. Inside the museum, you’ll find artifacts and other memorabilia including documentation on the team’s formation. The picture below shows the designation and order to create… Read more

Yankee Air Museum Reclaims Rosie The Riveter World Record

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The Yankee Air Museum has reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Rosie the Riveters this weekend. A total of 2,096 women and girls dressed up as the famous WWII icon, wearing her signature blue coveralls with a red and white polka-dotted bandana. The group included 44 women who actually worked in… Read more

A New Home and New Name for the Yankee Air Museum

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Exciting changes are in store for the Yankee Air Museum near Detroit! After a long campaign to “Save the Bomber Plant”, YAM has finalized the purchase of a portion of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant to act as the museum’s new home. The plant was used by Ford to produce thousands of B-24 Liberator… Read more