Old aircraft sit outside this small museum, forming an intriguing airplane graveyard. Step inside the museum, and you’ll find even more planes and aviation memorabilia that may have otherwise been lost forever.
Planes of Fames Museum was born from the passion of Ed Maloney’s desire to “preserve, inspire, educate, and honor” the aviation industry. Maloney started the first museum in 1957 with 10 planes. The original location was moved to Chino, California and this second, smaller location is in Valle, Arizona.
But just because it’s smaller than the original museum doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive. Visit this museum, and you’ll discover an impressive collection of beautifully restored vintage planes. The collection, which continues to grow, includes cars and other war artifacts as well. There are hands-on exhibits within the museum and the airplane boneyard is available to walk through outside for a close up-look at the antiquated equipment.
Many planes have been restored to flying condition and are on display and in the sky annually for an aviation show. In addition to the museum, you’ll also find a well-stocked aviation-themed gift shop.
Know Before You Go
The location in Valle is only open April 1 through October 30, Monday through Sunday from 9.a.m to 5 p.m. Guided tours are available with advanced notice. General admission is $10 for adults, $5 children ages five through 11, and $8 for veterans and active service military $8. AAA discount is available.
From Williams Rte 66 (I-40) head north on AZ-64 for 27 miles. Turn left onto Airpark, then swing left into the parking lot.