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Upcoming Air Museum Events


Air Museum

Sat, 14 Feb at 1 PM – Living & Working in Space, presentation by Capt. Wendy Lawrence, retired NASA astronaut.


21 Feb at 1 PM to 2:15 PM- The Shadow Army: European Resistance During WW Two by Dr. Edward Gordon

As the tyrannical regime of Nazi Germany spread its grip over Europe, its criminal oppression of peoples spawned increasingly powerful resistance movements in every occupied country. This program will trace how and why resistance forces grew as WWII continued and how underground movements differed from country to country. This program is part of a four part series of WWII-related presentations delivered by noted historian Dr. Edward Gordon. Each program can stand alone but you won't want to miss a single one.


Fri evening, 27 Feb – 6 PM to 9 PM -  P-51 UNVEILING of restored P-51 Mustang, Bunny,  with special Tuskegee Airmen guests including Lt. Col. Bob Friend, Rusty Burns and others. Tribute - First look at P-51 – wine & appetizers - $15 for members; $25 for non-members & at the door – RSVP – Vikki@PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org or call 760-778-6251


28 Feb at 1 PM: FLIGHT BY RESTORED P-51 Red Tail Mustang - Bunny- & special flight exhibitions by other P-51 Mustangs. Short Tuskegee Program follows the P-51 flights.

 

6 Mar – 4 – 6 PM:  Documentary screening: The Bob Hoover Project: Flying the Feathered Edge. A legend of the greatest generation, 92 year old Robert A. "Bob" Hoover is demonstrably the most beloved figure in aviation today. In FLYING THE FEATHERED EDGE Bob Hoover tells his own story – and shares, with his trademark charm, the hard earned wisdom of a life spent pushing the edge of the envelope while contributing to aviation's many developments. Producer/Director, Kim Furst will host this screening, sharing a project that has become a true labor of love for her. Join us for an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres and possibly a couple of very special guests.  Please RSVP to Carol at: 760-482-1836 or Membership@PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org

 

7 Mar – 1 PM to 2 PM - Canada Military Tribute: Canadian Airmen in WW1

Presentation by Major Bill March, RCAF

During the First World War over 20,000 Canadians volunteered to serve with the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Canadians excelled in aerial combat. In fact the Commonwealth's highest scoring airman to survive the war was a Canadian: Lieutenant Colonel W.A. Bishop VC, with 72 victories. On this first weekend in March we honor our neighbors to the north and pay tribute to their military sacrifices for the cause of freedom.

 

MARCH 9 – 15:  B-29 Fifi Returns! - CAF AIR POWER TOUR – Inside tours & flight experiences available: Book a Flight on Fifi


Fri, 13 Mar at 1 PM - Warbird Run Ups & Chris Demarest Meet & Greet - wine & cheese; Advance Tickets: Members $15; Non-members $20; At the Door - $25


14 Mar at 1 PM to 2:15 PM - Fireball in the Night: Bombing of Japan 1943 - 1945, presentation by Dr. Ed Gordon

The story of the end of the Pacific war is a unique mixture of military strategy, modern science, and ancient traditions. In the end, Japan's leaders had two choices – defeat or the possibility of total annihilation. Never in the history of warfare would air power play such an important role in the outcome of a war. This presentation on the bombing of Japan will chronicle the events that made U.S. airpower a decisive factor in the fall of Japan in 1945. This program is part of a four part series of WWII-related presentations delivered by noted historian Dr. Edward Gordon. Each program can stand alone but you won't want to miss a single one.


21 Mar at 1 PM to 2 PM - The Wild Weasel in Desert Storm: The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defenses, presentation & book signing by Lt. Col. Braxton "Brick" Eisel

Centered on the Persian Gulf region and the Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM this presentation looks at the recollections of F-4G Wild Weasel aircrews. Lt Col. Eisel shares a slice of what life and war were like during that period. At times, the war was scary; at other times, it was funny as hell. Usually, if you survive the former, it turns into the latter. Book signing follows presentation.


28 Mar at 1 PM to 2 PM - Beaufighters in the Night: 417th Night Fighter Squadron USAAF, presentation by Lt. Col. Braxton "Brick" Eisel and Mr. Dan Whitney

In the early days of WWII, the US sent observers to England to study how the latest form of air warfare would take shape and it very soon became apparent that a night fighting capability was of increasing importance. When the U.S. joined the battle against the Reich they found themselves without a suitable American aircraft and were forced to utilize RAF Beaufighters. Having ‘re-learned to fly' this British design the 417th were sent to North Africa to take up the fight. Don't miss this fascinating and little known story.


4 Apr from 1 to 2 PM - Development of the Northrop B-2 Stealth Bomber;

The most expensive and specialized airplane ever built, the B-2 carries a price tag of more than two billion dollars. Highly effective and extremely technically advanced, it has been an integral part of the USAF arsenal for the past 20 years. Most recently it played an integral role in the strike attacks against Qaddafi’s Libya. Come and hear directly from the men who worked at Northrop to manage, design, develop, and account for this massive project creating a truly game changing aircraft.

 

11 Apr at 1 PM to 2:15 PM -   Killing Hitler: The Assassination Plots that Failed to Stop a Madman, presentation by Dr. Ed Gordon

It is alleged that between 1921 and 1945 over 50 assassination attempts failed to kill the Führer. As time passed Hitler's assassination fears led to the growth of the SS Lifeguard detachment from a few men to an entire division. In April 1945, a remnant of this force was still on duty at the Führer's Berlin bunker when

Hitler finally ended his own life by shooting himself. This program is part of a four part series of WWII related presentations delivered by noted historian Dr. Edward Gordon. Each program can stand alone but you won't want to miss a single one.


18 Apr at 1 PM to 2 PM - Air War Korea: F-86 Sabre & Unveiling of our F-86 Sabre, presentation by Blaine Mack

WWII was over and propellers were giving way to jet engines as North American Aviation’s F-86 Sabre entered active duty. The aircraft was to serve a pivotal role in the Korean War by going toe-to-toe with the MiG 15. Out gunned but not out piloted, learn how training and tactics won back air superiority for the NATO allies.


25 Apr at 1 PM to 2 PM - Age of the Atom: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, presentation by Richard Grosser

The story of the atomic bomb started around the turn of the century when a small number of physicists began to think about, discuss, and publish papers about the phenomenon of radioactivity. From there a chain of events resulted in the end of a war, the start of a showdown and now, an ongoing diplomatic dilemma. Historian Richard Grosser delves into The Age of the Atom and what it means to us today.


Mon, 25 May – 1:00 to 2:30 PM - Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair

This is a very special day at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Our brief Memorial Day service at 1 PM is dedicated to all of our fallen comrades who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. In their honor, we highlight that service with a fly-by and flower drop of 3,000 red and white carnations from a B-25 Mitchell bomber. The entire day is filled with flight exhibitions, musical performances, WWII re-enactors, children's activities and lots & lots of flying aircraft.

 

 

 

*Programs subject to change

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