Heroes of TV shows and movies can still fly at Planes of Fame Museum

CNET | 7/7/2019 | Geoffrey Morrison
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Welcome to the Planes of Fame Air Museum.

The Planes of Fame Air Museum lives up to its name. Out front is one of the most famous planes of the 20th century: a Boeing B-17. This example was actually the last B-17 on active duty, and was used in the filming of the '60s TV show Twelve O'Clock High.

Hulu - Remake - Catch-22 - Museum - Planes

If you watched Hulu's remake of Catch-22 then you saw another of the museum's planes, their flyable B-25. Several other aircraft here were featured in movies and TV shows, and others are the sole survivors of their type. The rarest aircraft here is the only remaining original and still flying Mitsubishi Zero in the world, with the original Nakajima Sakae radial engine. It also appeared in Tora, Tora, Tora and much, much later, Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor.

Many of the rare aircraft at the museum are actually airworthy, often thanks to the on-site restoration shop and its dedicated team. All of this makes for a rather fascinating museum. Let's take a look around.

Rarest - Planes - Collection - Ryan - FR

One of the rarest, and certainly one of the weirdest, planes in the collection is the Ryan FR Fireball. In the front is a radial engine, quite typical for a WWII aircraft. Behind the cockpit, however, is an early jet engine, the General Electric J31. The plane was able to fly on either, or both, engines. The museum's example is the only one left and was restored on site.

The Planes of Fame museum has a small boneyard of planes awaiting restoration.

Example - Heinkel - Jet - Interceptors - Display

There's also an example of the single-engined Heinkel He 162, one of the earliest jet interceptors. It's one of two on display in the US.

The collection of Japanese WWII aircraft is one of the most impressive in the world,...
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