CHINO - The Planes of Fame Air Museum will host its monthly Living History Flying Day on Saturday.

The topic is "Jets of the Korean War," featuring the North American F-86 Sabre. The featured speaker is retired Navy Capt. Royce Williams, an F9F Panther pilot during the Korean War.

The F-86 Sabre will be on display and perform a flight demonstration.

At noon, following the presentation, there will also be a membership-sponsored raffle flight.

Williams had boyhood dreams of becoming a military pilot. In 1943, he enlisted, and he became a naval aviator.

He became carrier qualified in the F6F Hellcat on the old USS Ranger (CV-4.) He flew the F6F, and later the F4U Corsair and the F8F Bearcat.

Williams eventually transitioned to jets, where his first operational deployment was on board the USS Oriskany, flying the F9F-5 Panther.

While deployed in 1952 to Korea with the VF-781, he engaged seven Soviet-piloted MiG-15s. It is believed that Williams downed three of the bogies, although official reports credited him with only one.

With his Panther badly shot up, he limped back to the Oriskany. MiG kills were rare for the Navy in Korea, and the Panther was generally outclassed by the MiG-15 in most dogfights.

Williams retired from the Navy in 1980. He served as an exchange pilot with the USAF flying the F-86 and F-100.

He also served as commander and executive officer on the USS Enterprise flying the F8-E Crusader, and later on board the USS America flying the F-4 Phantom 11.

Williams's decorations include the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Combat V, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star Medal.

Museum doors open at 9 a.m. with the program beginning at 10 a.m. at Planes of Fame Air Museum, 7000 Merrill Ave., Chino.

Information: 909-597-3722.