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Palm Springs, California 92262
The Price of Freedom
2013-2014 Commemorative Program Season
All dates are Saturdays at 1:00 PM unless otherwise noted. Flight exhibitions are scheduled with most events, but please
realize that these are vintage planes subject to maintenance surprises and weather delays, so there is the possibility
that a flight may be cancelled at the last moment.
OPENING ON MONDAY, NOV. 11 - The U2 Incident Mobile Exhibit (Nov. 11th - Mar. 25th)
- TEMPORARY EXHIBIT
A traveling exhibit, "Cold War Crisis: The U-2 Incident," is coming to the Palm Springs Air
Museum. The exhibit will include photographs and memorabilia and tell the story of Francis
Gary Powers, a U.S. pilot who was shot down over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960 during
Operation Overflight. The exhibit will be at the museum from November through March
Sat, Dec 14 - 1 PM (until all the children have met Santa) : Santa Fly-In
Santa will land on the Museum ramp with his bag full of goodies for all the good little girls and boys to see. Kids are invited
to sit on Santa’s lap to share their wishlisht and pose for a photograph with Santa under the wing of a vintage warbird.
Parents don’t forget your cameras! Children under 12 years old admitted free with a paying adult.
21 DEC - 1 PM - Code Talkers in the Pacific: the unbroken code of the Navajo
Known as Navajo Code Talkers, they were young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of
WWII. At a time when America's best cryptographers were falling short, these modest sheepherders and farmers were able
to fashion the most ingenious and successful code in military history. Serving with distinction in every major engagement of
the Pacific theater from 1942 to 1945, their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening
the war's end. Flight exhibition scheduled.
25 DEC - Museum Closed.
28 DEC - 1 PM - They Will Never Forget by George Ciampa
This is filmmaker George Ciampa's newest documentary furthering his cause of remembering those who
fought and died to liberate oppressed citizens in Europe during World War II. This film focuses on adopters of American
soldiers' graves at the Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery in Belgium. This film relates the stories of dozens of
adopters ranging in age from seven to ninety years of age. Come and meet George, see his documentary and learn why his
passion for this important work runs so deep.
JAN—APR World War II Portrait Journey – A Visual Tribute by Chris Demarest is a collection of 50-plus portraits of the men
and women of World War II by guest artist-in-residence, Chris Demarest. Mr. Demarest is an author and illustrator of over
100 titles as well as an official artist for the Coast Guard. For the months of January through April, Mr. Demarest will be
setting up his paints and easel in the Museum where he'll be painting and hanging portraits honoring the "greatest
generation”. All depicting World War II service members on the job, the portraits hang in tribute to those who served both
home and abroad.
4 JAN - Program Change - Updated Details Pending
11 JAN - 1 PM - The Battle of Britain Halts the Wehrmacht by Dr. Edward Gordon
How did Britain's great air victory over Germany in 1940 ensure the final outcome of
the Second World War? Learn the answers to this question and many little known
secrets about one of the key air battles of World War II. Ed Gordon has personally
toured some of the key sites of the Battle of Britain, and his first-person accounts will
unlock how a handful of allied pilots scored the first crucial defeat of the Nazi war
machine. Flight exhibition scheduled.
18 JAN - 1 PM - Army Aviation: Helicopter Warfare from Vietnam to Today by Lew Jennings
Both Army Aviation and the helicopter came of age during the conflict in Southeast Asia. From
the arrival in Vietnam of the first Army helicopter units in December 1961 until the
completion of the disengagement in 1973, it was America's "Helicopter War." In the years
that followed Army Aviation's role of providing the indispensable vertical dimension to the
modern battlefield has come to be universally recognized. For example, during operations in
Grenada, Panama, and the Persian Gulf region, Army Aviation played major and decisive roles.
Veteran Helicopter pilot Lew Jennings, takes us on a historical journey from his days as a Huey
Cobra pilot in Vietnam to the present state of modern helicopter deployment on the battlefields of Iraq. Flight Exhibition
24 JAN Friday Night - 6 PM
The Story of Our Planes by Stan Stokes
SPECIAL EVENT WITH WINE AND HORS D’OEUVRES
If these planes could only talk, what would they say? Each aircraft has a story
and a history all its own but unfortunately sometimes those histories are lost as
the years go by. Lucky for us, our Museum has the benefit of a person who's
spent much of his career in the company of our warbirds. Famed Aviation Artist
Stan Stokes will share the inside story of many of the planes that make up the
Palm Springs Air Museum's collection. Join us for an enjoyable evening of
informative fun as Stan uses his art and personal insights to explain how a flight
of vintage airplanes came to call the Coachella Valley home. This program is a
must for any devoted supporter of the Air Museum.
Time: 6:00PM, wine and light Hors d'oeuvres served
Price: $10 members, $15 non-members, everybody $20 at the door
Reservations Required, please contact Carol at 760-482-1836 or Membership@PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org
25 JAN 100th Bomb Group by Bob Wolff & Mike Faley
Nicknamed the “Bloody 100th” this WWII bomb group, proud member of the 8th Air Force, suffered
tremendously high losses at the hands of those defending the Nazi occupied continent of Europe during
the war. Every year the surviving members gather here at the Air Museum to share their experiences and
pass along their memories of flack filled skies and the rumbling sounds of B-17s in flight.
FEB 26 —MAR 2 The AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall -
the Traveling Vietnam Wall an 80% replica Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Wall (360ft long, 8ft tall at apex) with flag display
flown over the Wall (14 flags total).
1 FEB When the Desert Fox Met General Patton:
The North African Campaign (1941-1943) by Dr. Edward Gordon
Both Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Germany's Desert Fox, and Lt. General George S. Patton, Jr., old “Blood and Guts,”
established their military careers on the sands of North Africa. This is also the story of Italian dreams of empire, British
determination to turn the tide, and American entrance to the European theater. Learn why the North African Campaign
started turning the tide for the allied forces in Europe.
FRIDAY FEB 7 - Museum closed for Annual Gala Fundraiser
FRIDAY FEB 7 - 6 PM Annual Gala Fundraiser - $350 per ticket - Details Coming Soon
15 FEB Beyond the Call of Duty: African Americans in Uniform during WWII
From the Tuskegee Airmen to the Buffalo Soldiers, African Americans who served their country in WWII faced not only the
dangers of combat but also the challenges of being from a country where segregation was still in full force. For this program
you’ll have a chance to meet and pay tribute to some of these brave men who through their bravery and selfless service
helped to show this nation the way forward towards a more color-blind society.
22 FEB Flying with the Blue Angels by Larry Packer
The Blue Angels, the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron,
was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic
team in the world. All team members come from the ranks of regular Navy
and United States Marine Corps units. Among his many experiences in
world of aviation our featured speaker, LCDR Larry Packer was formally a
member of this highly select squadron. He'll be here to tell the fascinating
story of what it's like to fly some of our Countries most expensive
1 MAR Warriors at 500 Knots by Robert Kirk
As the ground war struggled for success in Vietnam, it became intensely clear
that we had to own the skies for any chance of victory. The F-4 and its pilots
made that possible. Robert Kirk, an F-4 pilot himself, details intense stories of
the undaunted and valiant American pilots with their legendary Phantoms. He
will also dispel some commonly held notions about America's war in Vietnam
and about those who fought that war in our name.
8 MAR A Tribute to the Canadian Armed Forces
Canada participated in many ways during WWII, more than people realize.
Canadian forces landed on Juno beach on D-day, Canada played a large part in the Battle of the Atlantic and by the end of
the war, Canada had the fourth largest allied air force in the world. The Canadian military has fought alongside the United
States in most major conflicts since World War II, including the Korean War, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, and most recently
the war in Afghanistan. Join us in our annual Canadian Military Tribute program.
14 MAR Friday Night
Locked Up Abroad: POW Ernst Brace (As seen on National Geographic)
As the longest POW in Vietnam history, Ernie Brace likely endured more than any
other POW during the war. Held for almost eight years, he faced starvation, sickness,
torture, solitude and desperation. After three-and-a-half years, Brace was transported
from the jungle to the infamous prison in Vietnam dubbed the Hanoi Hilton, and
finally heard the voice of another American: Lt. Cmdr. John McCain. Join us to hear
Ernie's story in his own words.
Time: 6:00PM, wine and light Hors d'oeuvres served
Price: $15 members, $20 non-members, everybody $25 at the door
Reservations Required, please contact Carol at 760-482-1836 or
15 MAR Air Power and the Secrets of D-Day by Dr. Edward Gordon
How did air power provide a key element to the success of the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944? From his own personal
tour of Normandy beaches and first-person accounts, and using graphic pictures and maps, Ed Gordon's presentation
unlocks these and other D-Day secrets that show the critical role air power played in one of the most decisive campaigns of
World War II.
22 MAR The U2 Incident by Gary Powers Jr.
This program is presented in conjunction with the U2 Incident
Shot down by a Soviet surface to air missile on the morning of May
1, 1960, CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers had been on a top secret
mission: to over fly and photograph denied territory from his U2 spy
plane deep inside Russia. His fate and that of the entire U2 program
remained a mystery for days. The story of the U2 incident; its
prologue and aftermath reveals one of the most fascinating and
compelling stories of the cold war. Gary Powers Jr., is the son of this famed aviator and will tell the inside story of his father's
29 MAR - Program Change - Updated Details Pending
5 APR The Last 100 Days of World War II in Europe by Dr. Edward Gordon
By January 1945 the Allies were closing in on what remained of Hitler's Europe. Even though the Germans had spent their
last reserves in the abortive Battle of the Bulge, 10 million solders would still resist, often fanatically, during those last 100
days of war in Europe. Historian Ed Gordon recounts the landmark events that would shape the political destiny of Europe
and the world for the next 50 years.
12 APR Without Wings: History of Vertical Flight by Richard Grosser
Vertical flight was actually the first flight envisioned by man. In fact, the ancient Chinese were playing with a hand-spun toy
that rose upward when revolved rapidly as early as the mid 1500's, and the great Italian Leonardo Da Vinci had used his
fertile mind to make drawings of a machine that we now know as the helicopter. Join us to trace the roots of vertical flight
and unravel the mystery of the helicopter.
19 APR America's Secret MiG Squadron by USAF Col. Gail Peck (Ret.)
The 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron was created by the Air Force to train American pilots and weapon systems officers
to better flight the aircraft of the Soviet Union. Some 69 pilots, nicknamed Bandits, served in the squadron between 1979
and 1988, flying MiG-17s, MiG-21s and MiG-23s. Our presenter Col. Gail Peck (call sign “Evil”) was the original developer of
this program and later served as its first commander in Tonopah, Nevada.
26 APR Operation Vengeance: The Killing of Admiral Yamamoto by Blaine Mack
Operation Vengeance was the military operation to kill Japanese Admiral Isoroku
Yamamoto, architect of the Pearl Harbor attack. The operation took place on April
18, 1943 during the Solomon Island campaign of World War II—exactly one year
following the Doolittle Raid. Come and learn how the US broke the Japanese Naval
code and sent a flight of P-38s on a plan that would alter the course of the war in the
26 MAY (Monday) Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair
This is a very special day at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Our brief Memorial
service is dedicated to all of our fallen comrades, who paid the ultimate price
for our freedoms. In their honor, we highlight the service with a fly-by and
flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from B-25 Mitchell bomber.
This most impressive ceremony is our way of saluting our fallen comrades.
Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home. Activities scheduled all
day long, Memorial Program and Flower Drop scheduled for 1PM.