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February 2017

World War II Portrait Journey – Traveling Exhibit – Dec through April

February 1 @ 10:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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This is a collection of 50 plus portraits of the men and women of World War Two 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. He had documented Coast Guard operations from the Persian Gulf to Hurricane Katrina. Many of his drawings and paintings are in the Coast Guard’s permanent art collection in Washington, DC.  For the months of December through April,…

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From Swords to Plowshares: Metal Trench Art from WWI and WWII Traveling Exhibit

February 1 @ 10:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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From February through April, 2017 – see this traveling exhibit. The metal trench art objects in this exhibition are as varied and unique as the military and civilian artists who created them. The works date from the origins of this brass art form in the trenches of France during the First World War, to post World War Two pieces. Makers of trench art utilized artillery shells, bullets, shrapnel, aircraft parts, currency and other miscellaneous metal scrap and applied materials. The…

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March 2017

“The Hun” – the North American F-100 Super Sabre

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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The North American F-100 Super Sabre was an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1971. The first of the Century Series of USAF jet fighters, it was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight. This fascinating program will cover the its early development and its work with SAC, TAC and the Thunderbirds. We all also delve into its deployments during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold…

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Liberty Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B – $75 adults, $50 children ($70 online advance booking)

March 7 @ 10:00 am - March 19 @ 5:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Come see this unique airplane with three motors, arriving March 7 and on display through March 16. Book a Flight March 16, 17, 18 or 19, enjoy an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy Ford Tri-Motors in the world. You won’t want to miss the “Tin Goose” when it visits. Climb aboard one of the first mass-produced airliners and step back in time to aviation’s golden age. A flight on EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor is a flight back…

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Special Reception – From Swords to Plowshares: Metal Trench Art from WWI and WWII

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Wine and cheese reception – $15 members, $20 non-members with RSVP, $25 at the door – Makers of trench art utilized artillery shells, bullets, shrapnel, aircraft parts, currency and other miscellaneous metal scrap and applied materials. The ingenuity and skill ranged from primitive artillery shell vases to elaborate lamps, cigarette lighters and ashtrays exhibiting high artistic craftsmanship. The captivating decorative appeal of trench art often reflected stylistic influences of the time, such as Art Nouveau. Often folk art designs with…

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An Airplane Named Terry: Flyboys and their War Brides

March 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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While hundreds of bright yellow aircraft of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan scrolled Canadian skies during the Second World War, the influx of trainees altered the nation’s social landscape. Of 130,000 graduates, 4,000 foreign “flyboys” earned wings–and wives—while in training. For their brides a new husband meant a one-way ocean passage to a distant land. Join artist, Bev Tosh, the daughter of a New Zealand military pilot and his Canadian war bride, for a fascinating presentation on this untold…

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Canadian Military Tribute: The Canadian Air Force in the Gulf War, Kosovo, and Afghanistan

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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   Since the Second World War, Canadian defense policy has consistently stressed three overarching objectives: the defense of Canada itself, the defense of North America in cooperation with US forces, and contributing to broader international security. During the Cold War, a principal focus of Canadian defense policy was contributing to the security of Europe in the face of the Soviet military threat. However, since the end of the Cold War, the Canadian military has also become more deeply engaged in…

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Dr. Ed Gordon – Hitler’s Willing Collaborators

March 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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   Since the Second World War, the names Quisling and Leval have become synonymous with the word “traitor.” Yet during the 1930s many right-wing fanatics across the European continent participated in Nazi political movements. Even in the United States, the German-American bund supported Adolf Hitler’s goals and policies. In 1939 at the beginning of World War Two, Pan-Nazi parties were willing collaborators in the Nazi occupation of Europe. Over the course of the war, 1.5 million non-Germans volunteered to fight…

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The Luftwaffe’s Jet Pilots

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Join us for an extremely unique opportunity to hear directly from two World War Two German jet pilots who were literally on the forefront of the jet age. This is a perspective on adversary aircraft that you’ve never heard before. Piloting the He 162 and Me262 respectively, these men witnessed the end of World War Two in Europe from the cockpit of Germany’s last ditch effort, the “wonder weapons”. Presented by Harald Bauer and Special Guest.  Included with regular museum…

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April 2017

Hell’s Angels: the True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War Two

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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At the outbreak of World War Two, the United States was in no way prepared to wage war. Although the US declared war against Germany in December of 1941, the country lacked the manpower, the equipment, and the experience it needed to fight. Even had an invasion force been ready, a successful assault on Nazi-occupied Europe could not happen until Germany’s industrial and military might were crippled. Because no invasion could happen without air superiority, the first target was the…

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