Monday, September 28, 2015

Sights to See: Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, California


updated August 15, 2017
Palm Springs Air Museum 745 N. Gene Autry Trail/Vista Chino, (760) 778-6262.  Located near the airport, this collection of flyable World War II aircraft is one of the world’s largest.  Displays include art, photos, sounds from the past, and continuous movies and videos chronicling the war’s European and Pacific Theaters.  The primo exhibit is a tour of a B-17 Flying Fortress.  Many of the docents are veterans who actually once flew the planes.  They are happy to share their personal experiences, offing insight into what you are viewing.  One of the most famous “warbirds” here is a P-40 that starred in the Disney film, Pearl Harbor.  Children’s programs and activities are scheduled regularly, and “A Wild Goose Hunt” activity sheet appropriate for grade-schoolers encourages kids to open their eyes and use their imaginations to find the answers.  Freedom Fighters Cafe serves up simple sandwiches and salads, plus quesadillas.  Flying demonstrations are scheduled October through June, and events related to the Young Eagles program are scheduled.  Usually in May, the Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop and Air Fair includes a ceremony honoring fallen heroes as well as live music and a beer garden.

entry to Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calfornia
entry to Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calfornia

greeter Don Short at Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calfornia
greeter Don Short at Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calfornia

historic airplane at Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calfornia
historic airplane at Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calfornia
 
historic airplane at Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calfornia
historic airplane at Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calfornia

China Clipper display at Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calfornia
China Clipper display at Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calfornia


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