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100th Bomb Group Reunion

100th Bomb Group Reunion at Palm Springs Air Museum Features Special Program on Gen. Curtis LeMay and the Strategic Air Command, Followed by Flight Exhibitions


On Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM the 100th Bomb Group with have its annual reunion. Special guest speaker will be Janie LeMay Lodge, daughter of Gen. Curtis LeMay. Gen. LeMay entered the Army Air Corps in 1930, commanded the 305th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force, commanded B-29 operations in the Pacific, molded the Strategic Air Command into a formidable nuclear strike force, and was appointed Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. He also promoted Air Force Flying Clubs and the use of air bases for sports car racing. Janie LeMay Lodge will discuss her father, the complex man who influenced the Air Force and the United States for over three decades.   

The 100th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force flew over 306 missions between June, 1943 and April, 1945.  At the beginning the losses were tremendous. With a strategic plan that included the Tuskegee Airmen escorting the heavy bombers, the losses were finally stemmed and the road to victory was assured. Flight exhibition follows the program.  The program is included with museum admission, which ranges from $8 - $15.

The Tiger Squadron will be visiting as well this weekend. The six planes of the Tiger Squadron will be based at the museum for local operations this weekend. They'll arrive Friday afternoon, and be operating through Sunday afternoon. You can count on a few passes after the Saturday program.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, www.PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org 760-778-6262.  General admission price ranges from $8-$15 dollars. Children under 6 and all active military & their families with ID are free. There are Senior & AAA discounts. The Palm Springs Air Museum is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, educate and honor our veterans. Over 28 flyable planes and interactive exhibits are housed in 65,000 square feet of climate-controlled hangars.  There is also an educational center with flight simulators upstairs in the 8,500 volume library and the new Berger Foundation Youth Exploration Center in the B-17 Hangar. 


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