See aircrafts from World War II and the Korean and the Vietnam wars at Palm Springs Air Museum, which houses many pieces still in flyable condition.
“Many of our docents are veterans and are willing to share their experiences and sacrifices for the education of future generations,” said Ann Greer, public relations liaison at the museum. “In addition to flyable and static aircraft, the museum uses permanent and temporary exhibits, related artifacts, artwork and library sources to perpetuate American history.”
The museum opened in Palm Springs, California, on Veterans’ Day in 1996 and houses four hangars encompassing 86,000 square feet, an Education Center and a Library.
The hangars are arranged by “theater of operations.”
In the Army or European Hangar, see the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, P-51 Mustang and the Spitfire — among other aircrafts used in the European Theater during WWII. In addition, the hangar includes the Tuskegee Airmen Mural, “Women Pilots of WWII” exhibit, Norman L. Sirota D-Day Gliders’ Display and interactive experiences.
Weapons and military uniforms are on display in the Pacific or Navy Hangar — highlighting WWII in the Pacific. In addition, see the Pearl Harbor diorama narrated by NBC journalist and author Tom Brokaw.
Multiple aircrafts, exhibits and displays are showcased in the General Miles Korea and Vietnam Hangar.
“The POW Bracelet display is there and there’s a large 18 by 10 LED indoor screen,” Greer said. “Helicopters are on display as well.”
Popular with visitors, vintage warbird rides are available. The C-47, which can hold five passengers, gives visitors the chance to ride a WWII aircraft used in Europe. The P-51 Mustang, the T-28 and the T-33 are able to take one passenger at a time.
Private tours can be arranged in advance. Please reach out to the Palm Springs Air Museum directly to check on current restrictions and regulations in effect at the museum.
For more information, call 760-482-1839 or visit palmspringsairmuseum.org.