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April 2017

F4U Corsair – Open Cockpit

April 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Museum guests are treated to the extra special experience of being allowed to sit at the controls and pose for pictures. From 10:30-12:30 each Saturday, a selected aircraft will be opened up and made accessible to the public Museum Volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions and provide the historical back drop for the aircraft you are sitting in. Guests are strongly cautioned to dress appropriately for climbing into the planes and also reminded not to leave their…

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Operation Downfall: The Planned Invasion of Japan

April 22 @ 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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Operation Downfall was the codename for the Allied plan for the invasion of Japan near the end of World War Two. The proposed operation was abandoned when Japan surrendered following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The operation was set to begin in November 1945. if Downfall had taken place, it would have been the largest amphibious operation in history. Depending on the degree to which Japanese civilians would have resisted the invasion, estimates ran up to the millions…

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Preserving History: Picturing Kitty Hawk, Presenter Tim Wolcott, timothywolcott.com

April 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Photographer Tim Wolcott  was tasked  by the Library of Congress to restore  the original images of the Wright Brothers first flight for the 100 Anniversary of their great achievement. The process took more than year because every piece of the restoration had to be invented.  Every image was painstakingly restored using a unique way of back lighting the negative to get an exact copy of the original glass plate without destroying it. Join us for a fascinating evening with the…

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B-17 Rides for Sale! Fly on The Madras Maiden B-17!

April 29 @ 10:00 am - April 30 @ 3:00 pm

The Madras Maiden B-17 usually flies between 10am and 3pm each day with ground tours after the day’s last flight. B-17 flights start at $450 for non Liberty Foundation members and $410 for foundation members. Take a flight in the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress named the Madras Maiden! Call 918-340-0243 to schedule your flight! Must pay museum admission.

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P-40 Warhawk Open Cockpit

April 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Sit inside the cockpit of a vintage warbird. Today’s open cockpit is the P-40 Warhawk, inside an air conditioned hangar. Please remember to wear comfortable clothing and rubber soled shoes.

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May 2017

Open Cockpit Weekend!

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Corsair, P-40 Warhawk, P-47 Thunderbolt, and the Grumman Wildcat will be open for visitors to sit in their cockpits from 10 am to 2 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   Included with regular museum admission, and of course Air Museum members get in free. Visitors will be able to climb into the cockpits of these rare vintage warbirds. Physical restrictions apply. Please wear loose clothing, and remember to bring your camera!! Rubber soled shoes are recommended.

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Open Cockpit Weekend – Day Two

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Four of our vintage warbirds will have their cockpits open so visitors can climb inside. Be sure and bring your camera!  Climb and sit in the cockpit of these vintage airplanes: the F4U Corsair, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-47 Thunderbolt and the Wildcat. All the airplanes will be inside climate controlled hangars. Included with regular museum admission, and of course, Palm Springs Air Museums get in free.

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Open Cockpit Weekend – Last Day!

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Last day for visitors and members to get a chance to sit in four vintage aircraft!  The cockpits of the Corsair, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-47 Thunderbolt and the Wildcat will be open inside the climate controlled hangars! Physical restrictions do apply, remember to bring your camera and wear loose clothing and rubber soled shoes. Included with regular museum admission.  

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Tigercat Open Cockpit

May 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sit in the cockpit of the vintage Grumman Tigercat. Loose clothing and rubber soled shoes recommended. Physical restrictions apply. Included with museum admission.

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Phantom II Open Cockpit

May 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Open Cockpit 10:30 am to 12:30 pm – some physical restrictions apply, please wear loose clothing for climbing inside and sitting in the cockpit. Rubber soled shoes also recommended. Open Cockpit occurs inside the hangars, not outside. Included with regular museum admission.

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