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January 2018

From (Almost) Nothing to Victory: The United States Army Air Forces in World War II

January 13, 2018 @ 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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Award-winning writer and former fighter pilot Jay A. Stout describes how the United States mobilized its industry and its people to turn its hobby-set aviation arm into the greatest air force that ever was. Surprising facts and figures buttressed by anecdotes—and punctuated by terrifying accounts of air combat—make this a "don't miss" presentation. Presenter: Jay Stout

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“Divided on D-Day”- West Coast Book Launch with Author Edward Gordon

January 19, 2018 @ 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 to 760-482-1836; $25 at the door

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Divided on D-Day PART I: “The Greatest Invasion: From Planning to D-Day”

January 20, 2018 @ 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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D-Day was proceeded by over two years of disputes among British and American political and military leaders on when and where to attack Hitler’s Fortress Europa and who should be the principal military commanders of this campaign. In Part I of “Divided on Day,” historian Dr. Ed Gordon examines the oft overlooked story of the intricate planning for D-Day, and how many of the plan’s objectives were met on June 6, 1944. Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon

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Meeting of Mentors: T-34 Fly –In

January 27, 2018 - January 28, 2018
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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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, pilot discussions, formation flying, contests and just plane fun.

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February 2018

Beyond the Call of Duty: Tuskegee Airmen Tribute

February 3, 2018 @ 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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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.

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100th Bomb Group Reunion

February 10, 2018 @ 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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Nicknamed the “Bloody 100th”, this WWII bomb group, proud member of the 8th Air Force, suffered tremendously high losses at the hands of those defending the Nazi occupied continent of Europe during the war. Every year the surviving members gather here at the Air Museum to share their experiences and pass along their memories of flack-filled skies and the rumbling sounds of B-17s in flight. Presenter: Bob Wolff

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Save the Date for our Annual Gala!

February 16, 2018
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Divided on D-Day Part II: “Stalemate and Breakout”

February 17, 2018 @ 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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On June 7, 1944, over 150,000 Allied soldiers were confined to a narrow beachhead extending 50 miles along the Normandy coast. In Part II of “Divided on D-Day,” Historian Dr. Edward Gordon examines the reasons why British, Canadian, and American forces remained trapped in Normandy for 54 days. Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon

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March 2018

Canadian Military Tribute Day

March 3, 2018
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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11:00 AM: Pride of the Bush Pilots: the de Havilland Beaver Officially known as the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Mk.I Beaver, it's listed as one of the 10 greatest Canadian inventions. More significantly, almost all backcountry pilots who've flown the aircraft have a soft spot for the reliable workhorse. With a stout nine cylinder Pratt & Whitney radial engine, Beavers fly over emitting a roar evocative of steep mountains, unruly bears and true wilderness. The Beaver can be fitted with…

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Exotic Aircraft of World War II

March 10, 2018 @ 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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Between 1939 and 1945 more than 575 different types of military aircraft were developed by the combatant nations. Not nearly that many became household names like the Mustang, Zero or Spitfire. This is a look at the lesser known winners, losers and wild aircraft designs that were thought up during WWII. We’ll discuss the rocket and jet planes for both Allied and Axis countries and talk about why America was so successful in the aviation development race. Presenter: Michael Carra

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