CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today CLICK HERE

Farewell to preservation pioneer

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:00 06 October 2016

Ed Maloney passed away in August, aged 88

Ed Maloney passed away in August, aged 88

Archant

Edward T Maloney, one of the great pioneers of vintage aircraft preservation in the US, died on 19 August 2016 at the age of 88

Words: Frank Mormillo

Ed Maloney is credited with saving more than 200 World War II and other historic warbirds from destruction and he founded the Planes of Fame Museum at Chino, California, which now houses more than 150 historic aircraft and replicas, many of which are airworthy.

Growing up in Southern California, Ed Maloney had the foresight to recognize that today’s scrap is tomorrow’s history and began collecting airframes for a future museum.

His first item was reportedly the Ohka rocket in the current collection, acquired in 1946. Maloney opened his first aviation museum at Claremont in January 1957, moved it to Ontario in the 1960s and then to Chino Airport, where it has been located since 1973.

Were it not for Maloney, a long list of rare and unique aircraft such as the Northrop N-9MB Flying Wing, original Mitsubishi Zero, Boeing P-12E and P-26A Peashooter, three P-51 Mustangs, an F4U Corsair, P-40 Warhawk and the last active USAF B-17 Piccadilly Lilly II, might well have been lost.

A celebration of Ed Maloney’s life was held at Chino Airport in September, at the end of which a ‘Missing Man’ formation was flown with John Maloney in the P-26, Steve Hinton the Zero, Steven Hinton Jnr flying the Thunderbolt, John Hinton the Corsair and Rob Patterson in the Mustang

More from News

Fri, 10:25

This important judgement means that the High Court has given permission for the case to go ahead because it considers that the claim meets the threshold of arguability

Read more
Thu, 11:29

Fairoaks 2020, the volunteer campaign group fighting plans to close Fairoaks Airport to create 1,000 homes on its Green Belt site, has been swift to galvanise support from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of General Aviation and also from other sectors of the industry

Read more
Tue, 17:25

L3 Commercial Aviation have announced the launch of the L3 Pilot Pathways Female Scholarship program, which will provide 10 scholarships to female candidates applying for its Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) training program

Read more
Tue, 17:13

CAP 1616 describes the different stages of the airspace change process and the activities involved and the second edition will give updated guidance on the regulatory process for changing airspace design including community engagement requirements

Read more
Tue, 16:39

The German Ultralight Aviation Association (DULV) have granted the the coaxial helicopter RotorSchmiede VA115 ultralight its type certificate and RS Helikopter GmbH will deliver the first helicopters in time for the 2019 season

Read more
Mon, 15:25

Tim Hardy has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Light Aircraft Association, succeeding Brian Davies who has stepped down after five years in the post. David Mole has been appointed vice-Chairman in addition to his role as the Association’s secretary

Read more
Friday, November 30, 2018

Drone experts from all over the world have gathered in Amsterdam on 27-28 November 2018 for this year’s EASA High Level Conference on Drones

Read more
Friday, November 30, 2018

The SkyBeacon ADS-B unit from uAvionix has had its STC data package accepted by the FAA with 272 aircraft AML

Read more
Friday, November 30, 2018

The Solent LAIT membership has formulated its ’10 Golden Rules’ of good advice to help pilots avoid infringing notified airspace

Read more
Friday, November 23, 2018

Although the deadline has now passed for your official objections, the Fairoaks 2020 campaign say the concerned councils are still accepting comments on the development

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Pilot weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine