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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.                         Ongoing Exhibits   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. April Monday, April 14 through Wed, April 16:  Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour!  B-17, B-24 and P-51 C: Interior Tours & Flight Experiences: All interior tours and flights are NOT included with museum admission.Reservations not necessary for Interior Tours.  Interior Tours:  Mon, Apr 14: 12 Noon - 5 PM;                       Tues, Apr 15: 9 AM - 5 PM                       Wed, Apr 16: 9 AM - 12 Noon Flight Experiences:  B-17 and B-24:  $450 - these flights take place BEFORE OR AFTER the Interior Tours. Call 978-562-9182 for reservations. Flight Training in the world’s only fully dual control P-51C. Participants can actually fly the Mustang on half hour or hour long introductory flights. Special training flights allow a true once in a lifetime opportunity to fly one of the most recognizable fighters from WWII.  $2,200 & $3,200 -- again BEFORE or AFTER Interior Tours.  Call 978-562-9182 for reservations. 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 Pacific. May 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.
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