Airplanes: World War II was an air war. The museum is a collection of some of
the most significant aircraft that won this war. From the Grumman cats that flew
from our carriers to engage the enemy at the Battles of the Coral Sea, Midway,
Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Philippine Sea. Airplanes flown by valiant pilots
over the beaches of Omaha supporting and protecting our troops as they
disembarked that early morning on June 6, 1944.
The Beacon: Receive our newsletter via email or delivered to your mailbox. Find
out what fascinating programs are scheduled and what planes will fly in
demonstration. Read historical articles by our knowledgeable staff or by those
who participated in America's wars. Learn about our plans for expansion of our
airplane collection and our educational activities.
Flight Demonstrations: Many weekly programs also include flight
demonstrations of airplanes related to the current subject. Picture our B-25
culminating the discussion of the Doolittle Raid by making low passes several
hundred feet in front of you. Or the P-51 with the powerful hum of the Rolls
Royce Merlin engine demonstrating it's phenomenal speed and agility
commemorating our D-Day event. See and hear the great gull-wing F4U Corsair
and imagine what the enemy must have felt on Rabaul witnessing the same sight
Educational Programs: During the season, members attend weekly programs
on World War II events, battles, personalities and groups. American history as it
was lived--told by those who lived it. Few ever have the opportunity to hear Paul
Tibbets discuss the flight of the Enola Gay and it's mission that ended World War
II. Our members did.
Visitations: Throughout the year, many planes are invited to the museum for
temporary displays. Now rare, one-of-a-kind, aircraft that once filled the skies
many years ago can be inspected up close and personal by our members and
guests. Members only have a special opportunity to meet some of the men and
women who made history such as Paul Tibbets, Sally Ride and Wally Shirra.
Docents: Many of our docents served in World War II and subsequent wars.
Don't miss the opportunity to hear from pilots who flew 35 missions in B-17s or
P-51 pilots venturing deep into enemy territory escorting our bombers. Many of
our volunteers encountered the Japanese first hand in the Pacific as marines and
sailors and submariners. History as it was lived--told by those who lived it.
Library: Full access to the library. A library complete with practically every
Hollywood movie made about World War II. John Wayne in Sands of Iwo Jima,
Gregory Peck in 12 O'clock High. Take your pick from the hundreds of videos both
fiction and documentary--available for members to check out free of charge.
Thousands of books on every possible subject related to the military, airplanes
and World War II. A complete set of Life Magazine dating from the first issue in
1936 into the 50s. History written as it was being made.
Flight Simulators: Either members or their children can tackle the challenges of
flying a P-47 over the French countryside seeking out targets of opportunity or go
air-to-air against some of the best the Germans had to offer.
Displays: Tools of a generation who had to defeat an enemy committed to
destroying the free world. Kiosks and Quonsets displaying specific squadrons,
battles, armaments and aircraft. Aviation art vividly demonstrating air-to-air
combat and specific battles America won to gain ultimate victory.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is continually expanding and committed to
providing our membership the best of what we do. Please join us, enjoy the
benefits and help us become even better.
Business Membership: 760-778-6251
Tours & Programs: 760-482-1839
Private Event Bookings: 760-482-1832
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745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, California 92262