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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
JAN—APR: NOW OPEN – TEMPORARY EXHIBIT –
WORLD WAR II PORTRAIT JOURNEY – ORDINARY
PEOPLE: EXTRAORDINARY STORIES – 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.
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.
15 MAR Saturday 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
Membership@PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org Cancelled due to health issues.
SUNDAY 16 MAR 1PM: Film Screening “Pearl Harbor: One Last Goodbye”
A documentary film capturing stories from survivors. 6 men, 70 years later, return to Pearl Harbor to relive the memories of
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Ages 89-93, these Pearl Harbor survivors say “One Last Goodbye” to the friends they
lost on Dec, 7 1941. The film’s executive producer, Liz Watkins will be here for the event. Program included with regular
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
24 - 28 MAR Spring Break Robo Camp by SMaRT Education
Build and program robots, make lego machines, use simulators.
9 am - 12 noon (grades 1 - 4)
1 pm - 4 pm (grades 5 - 8)
$150 tuition. Registration & information, call 760-219-5496 or visit DesertRobotics.com
29 MAR 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
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 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.
19 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.
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.