Sunday, July 11, 2021

Accident occurred July 11, 2021 at Chico Air Museum, Butte County, California

CHICO, California - A car crashed through a chain link fence and ended up hitting an antique plane at the Chico Air Museum.

At around 10:30 Sunday morning, Chico Police said a student driver mistook the accelerator pedal for the brake pedal while making a turn.

The driver then hopped the curb into the fenced yard of the Chico Air Museum and collided with an airplane.

The president of the air museum, Brian Baldridge, said it’s going to take hours of volunteer time to get the plane in its original condition.

“This is a really rare airplane, and the unfortunate thing is there is quite a bit of damage to it,” he explained. “The horizontal stabilizer and the tail cone section is going to take hundreds if not thousands of hours of sheet metal work to get it back to where it was.”

Baldridge said it already took them a long time to get this plane to where it was but said they will be able to get it fixed.

Police said the driver and passenger in the car were not injured in the accident.


  1. t-33? tried running tail number nothing comes back?

    1. Yep. T-33A to be exact. You can see it in the Googlemap overhead satellite parked at the corner intersection of Ryan Ave. & Fortress St. Ground photo taken by a visitor:,-121.8584479,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipP25710qpo8Cn1ecZ_HrcQBmFmhFIyTC2yV3TOQ!2e10!3e12!!7i4032!8i1960!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xae26f10f8584e3f!8m2!3d39.8035433!4d-121.8583625