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Ed Maloney’s Legacy – Chino Air Show 60 Years Later

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Legacy. Everyone leaves one and every person has a choice in how theirs will be defined. By a person’s actions, they determine how they are to be remembered. While everyone experiences some degree of success in this endeavor, some accomplish this in spectacular fashion. One of those people, the late Ed Maloney created a lasting tradition of excellence within the warbird community that is simply unrivaled. Now, 60 years later, that tradition once again manifested itself in a magnificent airshow in Chino, California.

In the mid 1950’s Ed began acquiring some of the aircraft being rapidly cast off by an equally rapidly advancing United States Military. Unable to simply let these aircraft be discarded and scrapped, Ed opened the first museum with 10 aircraft in 1957...

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Flying with the GEICO Skytypers

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Since 2006, the GEICO Skytypers have been a crowd favorite performing at fifteen air show sites annually. The Long Island, NY based team has thrilled audiences with precise close-formation maneuvers in their six SNJ-2 WWII trainer aircraft as far west as Oshkosh, WI; with most shows taking place east of Chicago, north to Maine and south to Florida. At the recent New York air show where the Skytypers were performing; a young teenager commented to his friend, “These are a bunch of old guys flying really old airplanes.” Those within ear-shot offered no response, seemingly to agree with the youth’s assessment.

Following the Stewart AFB Newburg, NY air show, the GEICO Skytypers moved onto their next show site – NAS Oceana, VA – where four of us were offered a media-photo ride with the te...

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