CHINO, Calif., May 14, 2010—Lyon Air Museum (LAM), based at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., sent its prized World War II-era bomber Boeing B-17G “Fuddy Duddy” Flying Fortress to participate in the Planes of Fame Chino Air Show 2010 at the Chino Airport.

The Chino Air Show 2010 will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The flying show will take place each day between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The “Fuddy Duddy” will be among more than 40 historic aircraft performing in the skies above the airport for the enjoyment of spectators. On the ground, Jonna Doolittle Hoppes will lead panel discussions with the veterans in attendance.

Hoppes is an author and journalist. Her first book, “Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle,” is a memoir of her famous grandfather, aviator Gen. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, an American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as a brigadier general, major general and lieutenant general in the U.S. Army Air Forces during the Second World War. While a lieutenant colonel, he earned the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the April 18, 1942, Doolittle Raid, the top-secret attack of 16 B-25 medium bombers that flew from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to hit targets in Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya, Japan.

“We welcome the opportunity to participate in this wonderful annual event at the Planes of Fame Air Museum,” said Mark Foster, LAM president. “The ‘Fuddy Duddy’ fits in perfectly with the other aircraft on display at the Chino Air Show, and LAM shares the Planes of Fame Museum’s dedication to collecting, restoring, preserving and displaying World War Two-era aircraft and memorabilia for the educational benefit of current and future generations.”

Foster began his career in the historic aircraft field as a Planes of Fame Museum volunteer, also working in aircraft restoration. He was later named vice president and general manager of the famed museum before joining LAM in 2008.

The B-17 Flying Fortress “Fuddy Duddy,” which began flying in April 1945, was used as a VIP transport in the Pacific arena at the end of World War II. It once carried U.S. Army Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Douglas A. MacArthur. In civilian life, the plane worked as a fire bomber and was occasionally used for motion picture filming, flying on screen in movies such as the 1962 Steve McQueen movie, “The War Lover” and the 1970 Pearl Harbor blockbuster “Tora Tora Tora.” Specifications include:

  • Power: Four 1,200-horsepower Wright Cyclone R-1820 9-cylinder radial piston engines driving 11 feet/7-inch-diameter Hamilton Standard propellers
  • Weights: Basic Empty Weight – 34,000 pounds; Gross Weight (Wartime) – 65,500 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 1,700 gallons
  • Range: 1,850 miles
  • Wing Span: 103 feet/9 inches
  • Length: 74 feet/4 inches
  • Height: 19 feet/1 inch
  • Service Ceiling: 35,600 feet
  • Typical Armament: Twelve Browning M-2 .50 caliber machine guns. Fire rate approximately 13 rounds per second, per gun

Lyon Air Museum (LAM) is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707. P: 714/210-4585. F: 714/210-4588. Email: Web:

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily – Seven Days a Week. Admission rates: General admission–$8; Seniors and Veterans–$6; Ages 5-17–$4; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more–$1 off each visitor. Pre-arranged school groups—Free.

Ned Madden
Rodheim Marketing Group