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blank 03/24/10 12:35PM Events, Palm Springs Air Museum, PV2 Harpoon, Warbirds, WWII

Brand New Aleutian Island Program with New PV2 Harpoon At Palm Springs Air Museum!

PV2 Harpoon

On Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM, the Palm Springs Air Museum presents WWII vets Howard Bernstein and Blaine Mack in a program about the Aleutian Islands Operations. Both served and flew planes in the Aleutian Islands, but were stationed on different locals. See the PV2 Harpoon, the newest plane at the Palm Springs Air Museum and one used heavily in the Aleutian Islands.

The Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon was a “workhorse of the air war” and filled many roles in WWII, after entering Naval service in March, 1945.  PV-2s were used as bombers, patrol bombers, and attack aircraft. The PV-2 has a longer range capacity and more defenses, so the PV-2 normally operated without fighter escort because they could defend themselves. Bernstein was stationed in the Aleutians where Harpoons were used to bomb the Japanese home islands by equipping them with long range fuel tanks. During the last few months of WWII, Harpoons conducted bombing and rocket attacks on the Japanese Kurile Islands, Truk Island, Wake Island among others. 

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 75,000 square feet of climate-controlled hangars.



745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-6262  www.PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org

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