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Palm Springs Air Museum -- CORSAIR FLIES!

Palm Springs Air Museum,Corsair

Palm Springs Air Museum Program Reveals True Events &
History of VJ Day (The Day WWII Ended in the Pacific)
Meet and Hear the People Who Were There!

WHEN:               Sat. October 10, 2009 – 1:00 PM – FLIGHT DEMO AFTER!!


WHERE:            Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry


WHAT:                   This historic event marked the end of the war with Japan and the dawn of the atomic age. All of our Panel Speakers experienced this momentous event from different viewpoints and different locations.  Hear how Japan went from a Despotic Dictatorship to a Thriving Modern Democracy. Hear Emperor Hirohito’s actual surrender speech.

WHO:                  Les Carlyle  – 19 years old, at sea, when war ended

                             Al Gutierrez – A child on the home front when the war ended

                             Tom Henry – 18 years old, in the Philippines, getting ready to invade Japan when the war ended

                             Richard Grosser – Program Moderator / Power Point Presenter

                             Mark Foster – Pilot of the F4U Corsair


Regular adult admission is $12. Active Military with ID and children 5 and under are free. The family rate for 2 adults and up to 3 children 6-12 years is $25.

The museum is located at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, 760-778-6262. Discounted admissions are not valid on Saturdays and holidays. The Palm Springs Air Museum is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and honor our veterans while educating future generations. Over 28 flyable planes and interactive exhibits are housed in 75,000 square feet of climate-controlled hangars. For more information, please visit www.PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org

The F4U Corsair

·        First flew on May 20, 1940

·        First single engine plane capable of 400 mph speed in level flight

·        Longest production run of any single engine fighter – produced from 1940 until 1953

·        12,571 Corsairs spread across 15 varieties

·        Corsair’s “kill” ratio was 11:1 – one Corsair lost for every eleven enemy planes shot down

·        Saturday’s Fly By is the Corsair from Chino Planes of Fame Air Museum, piloted by Mark Foster.


o   Largest engine of its era

o   13 foot blades

o   Inverted gull wing

o   Cockpit behind the wing, instead of in front, therefore, the cockpit is raised 6-7 inches higher, resulting in better views

o   Used modified landing technique – came in at an angle, so could always see the carrier

o   Brits redesigned the shock struts on the landing gear so the plane wouldn’t “bounce” on landing

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