The Fame Game


The Consolidated Privateer from Casa Grande, Arizona in action during the 2019 Planes of Fame Air
Douglas C-53 Skytrooper ‘D-Day Doll’ from the Inland Empire Wing of the Commemorative Air Force on its way home from the 2019 event.

Although it was always intended to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the annual Planes of Fame Air Show at Chino, California on May 4 and 5 was also dedicated to the memory of the company’s David Vopat. A commercial pilot and flight instructor with a passion for historic aviation, David became a Planes of Fame volunteer seven years ago, and was best known for flying the museum’s unique Northrop N-9MB. Tragically, he lost his life when the ‘flying wing’ crashed on April 22.

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