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April 2017

Open Cockpit: AT-6 Texan

April 1 @ 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 all summer long, 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…

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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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Open Cockpit: F4F Wildcat

April 8 @ 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 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 cameras…

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Guadalcanal – The Cactus Air Force

April 8 @ 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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Detailed account of the heroic effort of Army, Navy, and US Marine pilots in the early days of World War II. The Battle of Guadalcanal was one of the first prolonged campaigns in the Pacific. This was the battle that strained the logistical capabilities of the combatant nations involved. For the U.S., this need prompted the development of effective combat air transport for the first time. A failure to achieve air superiority forced Japan to rely on reinforcement by barges,…

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Tigercat Open Cockpit

April 15 @ 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 in the cockpit of a vintage warbird. Today is the F7F Tigercat. Inside an air-conditioned hangar. Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and rubber soled shoes. Physical restrictions may apply.

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Fieseler 156 Storch: The Nazi’s Answer to Short Take Off and Landing

April 15 @ 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 Storch was deployed in all European and North American theaters of World War Two. This includes its use in the 1943 rescue of deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and its inglorious role as the victim of the last dog fight on the Western Front.  This aircraft was so valued that during the war, a number of “Störche” were captured by Allies including one that became the personal aircraft of Field Marshal Montgomery. Come and hear the story of this…

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30 Seconds Over Tokyo – 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid Program with Blaine Mack

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid with Blaine Mack, followed by B-25 Pacific Princess Flight Exhibition. Included with regular museum admission. Palm Springs Air Museum members get in free.

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B-25 Flight Exhibition by Pacific Princess

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 12:10 pm

As the final event of the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the B-25 Pacific Princess will depart from the Palm Springs Air Museum tarmac, will make a couple of passes over the Museum and head for home.

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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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