Chino Airport (IATA: CNO, ICAO: KCNO, FAA LID: CNO) is a county-owned airport about three miles southeast of Chino, in San Bernardino County, California. The Federal Aviation Administration's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2007–2011 classified it as a reliever airport, due to its proximity to the Ontario International Airport and the John Wayne Airport (in Orange County).
|Owner||County of San Bernardino|
|Elevation AMSL||650 ft / 198 m|
Cal-Aero Academy was an independent flying school at Chino Airport when World War II started. The U.S. Army Air Forces contracted with the school to provide basic and primary flight training for Army Air Cadets. During the war, Cal-Aero operated the training base with Stearmans and BT-13s. The name "Cal-Aero" is preserved at the airport and it can be seen on several buildings.
Starting in early 1945, training aircraft surplused by the cessation of pilot training programs, and post-war, hundreds of combat aircraft were flown into Chino for disposal. This agricultural area was employed as a vast parking lot for warplanes. Soon, the entire area was filled with everything from T-6s to B-24 Liberators. Most planes met an undignified end in portable smelters which were brought there to melt down the warplanes into aluminum ingots.
During the mid-1960s, the field was used as the location setting for the TV series 12 O'Clock High, as the fictitious "Archbury Army Air Field," which was home base to the (equally fictitious) 918th Bomb Group. The airfield itself and a number of World War II-era buildings were used for exterior shots.
Chino Airport is the home of two aircraft museums, the Planes of Fame (Current Location Planes of Fame Air Museum Grand Canyon Location) and the Yanks Air Museum, and the airport is one of the centers of aircraft restoration and preservation with several different companies that do this work at the airport.
On 13 June 2013, a private jet crashed into an empty office building near a hangar. Maintenance workers were testing the jet engines when the plane jumped over the chocks and the workers lost control. Since the building was empty, nobody was seriously hurt, but the jet was destroyed.
- 3/21: 4,919 x 150 ft (1,499 x 46 m)
- 8L/26R: 4,858 x 150 ft (1,481 x 46 m)
- 8R/26L: 7,000 x 150 ft (2,134 x 46 m)
In the year ending March 27, 2009 the airport had 173,193 aircraft operations, average 461 per day: 99.9% general aviation and <1% military. 947 aircraft are based at the airport: 77 percent single-engine, 18 percent multi-engine, four percent jet, and one percent helicopter.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History's Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
- FAA Airport Master Record for CNO ( PDF), effective 2007-10-25
- FAA National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems: 2007-2011
- Chino Airport at San Bernardino County Department of Airports
- Associated Press, “Cal-Aero Will Become Primary Training School”, ‘’The San Bernardino Daily Sun’’, San Bernardino, California, Wednesday 31 May 1944, Volume 50, page 10.
- Ezzeddine, Tena (14 June 2013). "Jet Slams Into Empty Offices at Chino Airport". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- http://machoneaircharters.org/ Transcript of FAA Action Against Chino Charter Company Mach One Air Charters
- https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FAA-2015-0643 FAA Docket 2015-0643 FAA vs Mach One Air Charters, Dan Hill
- San Bernardino County Department of Airports
- (PDF), effective October 10, 2019
- Resources for this airport:
- Airport information for KCNO at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.