Lawsuit seeks to halt annual Planes of Fame Air Show

Chino, CA — Citing financial losses and other hindrances to doing business, a group of tenants at Chino Airport has filed suit against fellow airport tenant Planes of Fame Air Museum in an attempt to halt its upcoming annual Planes of Fame Air Show.

In this file photo, hundreds of people wait for the planes take off during the 2016 Planes of Fame Air Show at the Planes of Fame Air Museum at the Chino Airport in Chino. A lawsuit seeks to stop the annual air show.

The lawsuit was announced Saturday by the law firm Borchard & Callahan in Mission Viejo, which is representing the plaintiffs, which include tenants Yanks Air Museum and Flying Tigers Aviation.

The lawsuit “alleges that the Air Show physically blocks and obstructs various airport businesses from operating by erecting fences and other barriers that keep would-be customers from accessing their businesses, creating huge traffic jams that keep customers away and by shutting down the air space, which grounds flight schools and other businesses not affiliated with the show,” according to a news release.

The lawsuit alleges that even though the event lasts two days, the setup and takedown extend the event’s impact to an entire week.

At a hearing scheduled April 20 in San Bernardino County Superior Court, the plaintiffs will request that the 25th annual show, scheduled for May 6-7, not be allowed to happen, the news release states. The plaintiffs also seek to be compensated for lost business since 2013.

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