Special Promotion Now Through Dec. 31, 2014: Show your movie ticket stub from Planes Fire & Rescue at our Giftshop, and get two same priced single admissions for the price of one! Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Click here for details.   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  Current exhibit: World War II Portrait Journey – portraits by Chris Demarest – ongoing Sat, 22 - 3rd Annual Props & Hops: Beer Fest: 12 noon to 6 PM – South Hangar & Tarmac The Palm Springs Air Museum hosts our annual Props and Hops CRAFT BEER Festival featuring craft beers from all over the region, local musical acts, food vendors and flight exhibitions. This event grows in popularity every year and is quickly becoming the premier craft beer event in the valley.  $40 includes 8 four- ounce tastes plus event glassware while supplies last.  (admission to full museum requires extra ticket) – MUST SHOW PROOF OF 21 YEARS OF AGE & OLDER. For more information, visit Sat, 29 Nov - A Young Man in the Wild Blue Yonder: A B-25 Pilot in WWII – 1PM Presentation & Book Signing by David Hayward Would he “wash out” of flying school? Would he survive flying 53 combat missions as pilot of a B-25 medium bomber in the China-Burma-India Theater? David Hayward, a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps, takes us through his adventures and challenges as a young man serving his country in World War II. 6 Dec at 1 PM to 2 PM - Pearl Harbor Program: Little Known Role of Japanese Mini-Subs Presentation by Michael Carra:  Five mini-subs were to participate in the Pearl Harbor strike. Most never made it to their target, but the fate of one has for many years remained a mystery. Looking at a variety of new evidence our speaker, Michael Carra suggests that the missing sub played a much larger role than anyone ever imagined. 13 Dec at 1 PM to 3 PM - Ho, Ho, Ho and Away We Go: Santa Claus Fly-In He'll be landing on the Museum ramp with his bag full of goodies for all the good little girls and boys to see. Kids are invited to sit on Santa's lap and share their wish list and pose for photograph with Santa under the wing of a vintage warbird. Parents don't forget your cameras! Children under 12 years and younger are admitted free with a paying adult. Goody bags for all children.  Santa will leave after all children have received their goody bags. 17 Dec Through May: MANAZNAR 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. Fri Evening, 16 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   Sat, 17 Jan Through May: MANAZNAR WARTIME PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT BY ANSEL ADAMS 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 Sat, 4 Apr at 1 PM - The Unseen War: Allied Air Power & the Takedown of Saddam Hussein, Presentation & Book Signing by Dr. Ben Lambeth Sat. 11 Apr at 1 PM -   Killing Hitler: The Assassination Plots that Failed to Stop a Madman, presentation by Dr. Ed Gordon Sat, 18 Apr at 1 PM - Air War Korea:  F-86 Sabre & Unveiling of our F-86 Sabre, presentation by Blaine Mack Sat, 25 Apr at 1 PM - Age of the Atom: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, presentation by Richard Grosser
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