Planes & Airshows

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All Aircraft On This Page Available for Flight Demonstrations

Rides:
C-47 “What’s Up Doc?“* $195/per seat P-51D
“Bunny” Spring 2018
P-17 Stearman $150/per flight

Flight Duration: Flights are 20 minutes long. Longer flights are available upon request at an additional charge.
*Requires 5 passengers per flight.

Upcoming Air Show Schedule:

April 1 Riverside Airshow:
C-47, P-63

May 5-7 Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino:
C-47, P-63, P-51

May 19-21 Hanger 24 AirFest, Redlands:
C-47, P-51, P-63

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To enhance your visitors’ experience, our trained docents — many of them pilots and veterans — can accompany the aircraft to explain their specifics and share their stories.
Booking Information: 760.778.6262 or E: airshows@palmspringsairmuseum.org

Now aviation buffs can experience the sights, sounds and smells of these remarkable aircraft at your airshow:

C-47
“What’s Up Doc?”

Our C-47 served with a number of armed services from around the world throughout its 58 years as a military aircraft. Not until it was acquired by the Museum in 2003, did she receive a civilian registration. Our C-47 continues to delight Museum visitors as a flyable exhibit. “What’s Up Doc?” painted complete with original nose art and invasion stripes is a flying tribute to the men and machines used to kick off the D-Day invasion. The C-47 airframe has been prized for its versatility and dependability, factors that explain its remarkable longevity of service. At home or on tour, “What’s Up Doc?” is available for docent led tours.

Specifications and Performance –
C-47B Model Engines:
Two Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp, air cooled engines. Horsepower: 1,200 hp. ea. Dimensions: Wing Span: 95 ft. Length: 64 ft 5.5 inches. Weight: Empty: 18,163 lbs. Maximum Speed: 226 mph Service Ceiling: 26,400 ft.

“What’s Up Doc?” is available for rides, (pricing below) accommodating 5 passengers per flight. The aircraft can also be used as a “jump platform” by qualified groups.

P-63 Kingcobra
“Pretty Polly”

Pretty Polly is one of a small handful of P-63s in the world. Her mid-engine design allowed for a 37mm cannon to be located in the nose along with two .50 caliber machine guns for devastating firepower. Her Allison V-12 engine has a remarkable sound when it passes overhead. The Museum’s P-63A (later modified to a P-63C) was initially delivered to NACA, Lewis Center, Cleveland, Ohio for engine cooling tests, and was the fourth Kingcobra ever produced.

Specifications and Performance –
A Model Engine:
One, V-1710-93, 12 cylinder liquid cooled Engine. Horsepower: 1,500 to 1,800 hp., with auxiliary supercharger. Dimensions: Wing Span: 38.4. Length: 32.8 ft. Height: 12.7 ft. Weight Max: 10,500 lbs. Maximum Speed: 410 mph Service Ceiling: 25,000 ft.

P-51D Mustang
“Bunny”

As one of the most iconic aircraft of WWII the P-51 Mustang saw service in virtually every theatre of the war. It was however the famed Tuskegee Airmen of the 332 Fighter Group that added their special touch turning a select group of aircraft into the now famed “Red Tails”. Our P-51D “Bunny” pays homage to those men and one man in particular, Lt. Col. Bob Friend (“Bunny” was his airplane). Lt. Col. Friend is a cherished member of our Museum family and is a constant reminder of why this history is so important to preserve and share.

Specifications and Performance –
D Model Engine:
One, Rolls Royce (Built by Packard) V-1650-7 V-12 liquid cooled engine. Horsepower: 1,200 hp. Dimensions: Wing Span: 37.5. Length: 33 ft. Height: 12.2 ft. Weight Loaded: 11,600 lbs. Maximum Speed: 437 mph

“Bunny” is scheduled to be available for rides in the Spring of 2017.

T-28B Trojan
basic trainer

The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan was a basic trainer that was ordered in four advanced versions, the T-28A for the U.S Air Force and T-28B and T-28C, by the U.S. Navy, with the latter version designed for carrier training operations and the AT-28D. It was the first trainer designed to transition pilots to jet aircraft. In its second life, the AT-28D was used in counterinsurgency missions and later as a ground-support fighter in Southeast Asia. It’s a remarkably strong, fast, and capable airplane, and the big Wright radial engine makes that wonderful music that only a round engine can. The Trojan was the first American fixed wing attack aircraft lost in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Specifications and Performance –
T-28B Engine:
One, Wright Cyclone R-1820-86 radial piston Engine. Horsepower: 1,425 hp., at sea level with auxiliary supercharger. Dimensions: Wing Span: 40.1. Length: 33 ft., Height: 12.8 ft., Weight Empty: 6,424 lbs. Maximum Speed: 343 mph Service Ceiling: 35,500 ft.

DISCLAIMER: All flights are subject to weather, mechanical conditions, and number of seats sold.

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