2014-2015 Path to Liberty Commemorative Programs Most Programs have flight exhibitions, depending on weather and mechanical issues.* Sponsorship Opportunities Available - call 760-482-1836 for info Click here for calendar view of upcoming programs Current exhibit: World War II Portrait Journey – portraits by Chris Demarest – ongoing 17 Dec Through May 3, 2015: MANZANAR WARTIME PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT BY ANSEL ADAMS  – open from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Christmas and on February 13, 2015.) This exhibition was organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions,Los Angeles, CA. It features fifty photographs by Ansel Adams of theJapanese American relocation camp in Manzanar, California, duringWorld War II. Also included in the exhibition are more than twenty-five various photographs, documents, and works of art that further record this era. You won't want to miss this striking temporary exhibit. Included with regular museum admission. 20 Dec at 1 PM to 2 PM - Learning on the Job: Naval Aviation in WWI Presentation by Dr. Douglas Kroll When the U.S. joined WWI, its total military inventory consisted of only 109 aircraft. Fifty four of them were the obsolete property of the US Navy. Along with that came one dirigible, two balloons and a single naval air station located in Florida. By the end of the war we had 27 naval air stations loaded with aircraft positioned all over the world. Learn from Dr. Douglas Kroll how this amazing transition was made. 27 Dec at 1 PM to 2 PM - Turning Point in the Pacific: Battle of Midway Presentation by Dr. Isaac Eliachar Widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign, the battle of Midway has been called, "the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare”.  Historical Researcher, Dr. Isaac Eliachar brings those pivotal days of WWII to life with his presentation. JAN THROUGH MAY - WW2 PORTRAIT JOURNEY - VISUAL TRIBUTE TO GREATEST GENERATION BY ARTIST CHRIS DEMAREST  3 Jan at 1 PM to 2 PM - Air War Vietnam: F-105 Thunderchief Presentation by Gordon Jenkins Originally designed as a supersonic Cold War nuclear bomber, the F-105 ended up doing most of the USAF's bombing in Vietnam from 1965 to 1970. The pilots who flew the planes loved them but knew that due to the nature of their mission they faced long odds on completing their 100 missions. 10 Jan at 1 PM to 2:15 PM - U-Boat War: Tragedy and Redemption in the North Atlantic Presentation by Dr. Edward Gordon During the Second World War Nazi Germany's U-boat fleet so effectively blockaded fuel and supplies to Britain that the survival of this island nation was severely threatened. This is the story of the people, strategy, tactics and technology that were employed on both sides of the U-boat war. This program is part of a four part series of WWII-related presentations delivered by noted historian Dr. Edward Gordon. Each program can stand alone but you won't want to miss a single one. Thursday Evening, 15 Jan - SPECIAL EVENING OPENING PARTY FOR - SPECIAL EXHIBIT MANZANAR: WARTIME PHOTOS BY ANSEL ADAMS wine & refreshments, Advance Tickets: Members: $15; Non-members $20; Tickets at the door - $25   18 Jan 10 am to 2 pm Meeting of Mentors: T-34 Fly In Built as a replacement for the training planes of WWII, the T-34 Mentor developed into an aircraft cherished by the military and civilian pilots alike. In fact the T-34 remains in service more than six decades after it was first designed. Come visit us as a group of T-34 pilots drop into the Air Museum for a weekend of flight exhibitions, formation flying, contests and just plane fun. 24 Jan at 1 PM to 2 PM- The Cold War: How it Started, How it was Fought & How it Ended, Or Did It? by Richard Grosser The end of World War II set the stage for an epic struggle between communism and capitalism that pitted East against West and pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war. By 1989 the Berlin Wall had come down and the world breathed a sigh of relief… but was the Cold War really over? Join us and historian Richard Grosser to examine the past and look toward the future. 31 Jan at 1 PM to 2 PM - Escape to Reality: Hollywood Directors Go to War, presentation by Kirk Ellis A fascinating story on the subject of the wartime experiences of Hollywood's great directors. John Ford, Frank Capra, John Huston, William Wyler and George Stevens all made major contributions to war documentaries during their service in various branches of the armed forces, and their experiences in Europe and the Pacific had a profound effect on their work subsequent to the war. Come and learn from our speaker Kirk Ellis what happens when Hollywood Directors Go to War. 7 Feb at 1 PM to 2 PM - 100th Bomb Group Reunion Special Guest Speaker Bill Beigel, Military Casualty Researcher Presentation by Bob Wolff/Bill Beigel Nicknamed the “Bloody 100th” this WWII bomb group faced long odds in their B-17s as they braved the skies over Nazi held Europe. Every year the surviving members gather at the Air Museum to share their experiences and pass along the lessons they learned while defending our Country. This year's reunion features special guest speaker Mr. Bill Beigel. He will share his knowledge as a Military Casualty Researcher and relate the story of the final ascent of “As-Cend Charlie.” Fri, 13 Feb – Closed during the day. Fri, 13 Feb at 6 PM to 9:30 PM - Palm Springs Air Museum Gala, honoring Women in Aviation - 6 PM Hosted cocktails, followed by dinner, program and dancing - $350 per ticket; sponsor tables available – call 760- 482-1836 21 Feb at 1 PM to 2:15 PM- The Shadow Army: European Resistance During WW Two by Dr. Edward Gordon As the tyrannical regime of Nazi Germany spread its grip over Europe, its criminal oppression of peoples spawned increasingly powerful resistance movements in every occupied country. This program will trace how and why resistance forces grew as WWII continued and how underground movements differed from country to country. This program is part of a four part series of WWII-related presentations delivered by noted historian Dr. Edward Gordon. Each program can stand alone but you won't want to miss a single one. Fri evening, 27 Feb – 6 PM to 9 PM -  P-51 Donors' Recognition Dinner & Tuskegee Tribute First look at P-51 - CLOSED EVENT FOR DONORS TO THE P-51 RESTORATION - MINIMUM DONATION OF $1,500; To donate, call 760-482-1836 28 Feb at 1 PM to 2 PM - Beyond the Call of Duty: The Tuskegee Airmen Story; Unveiling of our P-51 Mustang From Tuskegee, Alabama to the skies over North Africa and Italy, the Tuskegee Airmen served beyond the call of duty to defend our sometimes less than grateful nation. Come and learn their story, see the planes they flew and meet a few of the men who gave and taught us so much. SPRING - B-29 Fifi Returns! - CAF AIR POWER TOUR - exact dates TBD 7 Mar – 1 PM to 2 PM - Canada Military Tribute: Canadian Airmen in WW1 Presentation by Major Bill March, RCAF During the First World War over 20,000 Canadians volunteered to serve with the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Canadians excelled in aerial combat. In fact the Commonwealth's highest scoring airman to survive the war was a Canadian: Lieutenant Colonel W.A. Bishop VC, with 72 victories. On this first weekend in March we honor our neighbors to the north and pay tribute to their military sacrifices for the cause of freedom. 14 Mar at 1 PM to 2:15 PM - Fireball in the Night: Bombing of Japan 1943 - 1945 Presentation by Dr. Ed Gordon The story of the end of the Pacific war is a unique mixture of military strategy, modern science, and ancient traditions. In the end, Japan's leaders had two choices – defeat or the possibility of total annihilation. Never in the history of warfare would air power play such an important role in the outcome of a war. This presentation on the bombing of Japan will chronicle the events that made U.S. airpower a decisive factor in the fall of Japan in 1945. This program is part of a four part series of WWII-related presentations delivered by noted historian Dr. Edward Gordon. Each program can stand alone but you won't want to miss a single one. 21 Mar at 1 PM to 2 PM - The Wild Weasel in Desert Storm: The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defenses, Presentation & book signing by Lt. Col. Braxton "Brick" Eisel Centered on the Persian Gulf region and the Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM this presentation looks at the recollections of F-4G Wild Weasel aircrews. Lt Col. Eisel and Mr. Whitney share a slice of what life and war were like during that period. At times, the war was scary; at other times, it was funny as hell. Usually, if you survive the former, it turns into the latter. Book signing follows presentation. 28 Mar at 1 PM to 2 PM - Beaufighters in the Night: 417th Night Fighter Squadron USAAF Presentation by Lt. Col. Braxton "Brick" Eisel and Mr. Dan Whitney In the early days of WWII, the US sent observers to England to study how the latest form of air warfare would take shape and it very soon became apparent that a night fighting capability was of increasing importance. When the U.S. joined the battle against the Reich they found themselves without a suitable American aircraft and were forced to utilize RAF Beaufighters. Having ‘re-learned to fly' this British design the 417th were sent to North Africa to take up the fight. Don't miss this fascinating and little known story. Fri, 3 Apr evening - Development of the Northrop B-2 Stealth Bomber Wine & refreshments: Advance Tickets: Members $15; Non-members $20; At the door - $25 4 Apr from 1 PM to 2 PM- The Unseen War: Allied Air Power & the Takedown of Saddam Hussein, Presentation & Book Signing by Dr. Ben Lambeth America's second war against Iraq differed notably from its first. Operation Desert Storm was a limited effort by coalition forces to drive out those Iraqi troops who had seized Kuwait six months earlier. In contrast, the major combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 was a more ambitious undertaking aimed at decisively ending Saddam Hussein's rule. Meet author Dr. Ben Lambeth and learn about air power's role in the downfall of a dictator. 11 Apr at 1 PM to 2:15 PM -   Killing Hitler: The Assassination Plots that Failed to Stop a Madman, presentation by Dr. Ed Gordon It is alleged that between 1921 and 1945 over 50 assassination attempts failed to kill the Führer. As time passed Hitler's assassination fears led to the growth of the SS Lifeguard detachment from a few men to an entire division. In April 1945, a remnant of this force was still on duty at the Führer's Berlin bunker when Hitler finally ended his own life by shooting himself. This program is part of a four part series of WWII related presentations delivered by noted historian Dr. Edward Gordon. Each program can stand alone but you won't want to miss a single one. 18 Apr at 1 PM to 2 PM - Air War Korea: F-86 Sabre & Unveiling of our F-86 Sabre, presentation by Blaine Mack WWII was over and propellers were giving way to jet engines as North American Aviation’s F-86 Sabre entered active duty. The aircraft was to serve a pivotal role in the Korean War by going toe-to-toe with the MiG 15. Out gunned but not out piloted, learn how training and tactics won back air superiority for the NATO allies. 25 Apr at 1 PM to 2 PM - Age of the Atom: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, presentation by Richard Grosser The story of the atomic bomb started around the turn of the century when a small number of physicists began to think about, discuss and publish papers about the phenomenon of radioactivity. From there a chain of events resulted in the end of a war, the start of a showdown and now, an ongoing diplomatic dilemma. Historian Richard Grosser delves into The Age of the Atom and what it means to us today. Mon, 25 May at 1:00 to 2:30 PM - Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair This is a very special day at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Our brief Memorial Day service at 1 PM is dedicated to all of our fallen comrades who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. In their honor, we highlight that service with a fly-by and flower drop of 3,000 red and white carnations from a B-25 Mitchell bomber. The entire day is filled with flight exhibitions, musical performances, WWII re-enactors, children's activities and lots & lots of flying aircraft. Bob Hoover Documentary: information & date pending *Programs subject to change   
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