About Us

There is always something new at the Palm Springs Air Museum, which is home to one of the world’s largest collections of static & flyable aircraft from WWII through the War on Terror. Unlike many other museums, our air-conditioned hangars have no ropes to keep you from interacting with our exhibits. In addition to our aircraft, exhibits and activities allow visitors of all ages to gain a fresh perspective of the history of US Military operations from the last 100 years.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant facility. All hangars are easily accessible by wheelchair / walkers and scooters. A few wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis, gratis, for the convenience of our visitors while they are here.


This Hangar includes exhibits and aircraft used by the Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Highlights include the Pearl Harbor diorama narrated by NBC journalist and author Tom Brokaw, the Grumman “cats”; the Avenger, Corsair, Dauntless and Invader. The PBY Catalina Flying Boat is usually on the Tarmac. Ship models, uniforms and weapon display cabinets complement the large wall Pacific Map and the aviation art by American Stan Stokes and Englishman Robert Taylor.

Be sure and check out the Honor Wall showing our docent veterans!


This Hangar features exhibits and aircraft used by the Army in the European Theater during World War II.

Highlights of this hangar include the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, P-47 Thunderbolt, P40 Warhawk, the flying Red Tail P-51 Mustang, P-63 King Cobra, Spitfire.

Other highlights in this hangar include the Tuskegee Airmen mural, the large wall European Map with interactive display, the Women in Aviation exhibit, and the Norman Sirota Gliders Display showing how gliders landed at Normandy on D-Day.


This Hangar includes exhibits regarding the B-17, including housing our B-17G “Miss Angela,” which visitors can tour.

Highlights also include the Berger Youth Exploration Center with fun, interactive activities for young people, F-16 Flight Simulator, the Gen. Ken Miles Aviation Science Center.

Visitors can grab a bite to eat at the Victory Canteen, and even see our mechanics working on one of our vintage aircraft in the shop!


This Hangar includes exhibits and aircraft used during the Korea and Vietnam wars.

Highlights include the Korean War Remembrance Wall, Edward and Mona Sher POW Bracelet exhibit, Presidential Experience Display (including Ken Marts’ “Presidents Who Served” display), and the Frederick Noble Engine Display.

This hangar also hosts our Saturday Programs during the season, and is the primary hangar used for private events.


This state of the art Hangar houses our brand new F-117A Nighthawk “Black Devil.”

The hangar also houses numerous displays centered around the F-117A and the War on Terror, including the “History of the Skunkworks” mural by Stan Stokes, Global War on Terror (GWOT) Timeline, GWOT memorial brick display, “Brotherhood of Stealth” display, and the F-117A cutaway.


The Gift Shop is located right inside the museum entrance, and has the best collection of aviation/military themed gifts in the world. From t-shirts, ball caps, models, toys, puzzles, you know name it, and the gift shop has it!

It’s truly a shopper’s paradise that you won’t want to miss when you visit.


Our 12,700 volume research Library is located upstairs above the main lobby. In the outer room of the Library are computer flight simulators to entertain and teach the principles of flight to people of all ages.

In the inner room, there is a copy of every single Life magazine that guests are welcome to flip through and enjoy.


The Ron Auen Theatre is located adjacent to the visitor services desk, and has a continuous run of documentary movies throughout the day.

It houses numerous, highly detailed airplane models that guests are welcome to look at, and even has some special movie posters signed by famous actors.


Executive Committee:

  • Fred W. Noble – Immediate Past Chairman
    Dan Gilbertson – Chairman
    Fred Bell – Vice Chairman/Managing Director
    Dick Shalhoub – Vice chairman
    William L. Bramer – Secretary/Treasurer
    William Hughes – Committee Member
    William Page, M.D. – Committee Member
    Todd Hooks – Committee Member
    Robert Gilliland Jr. – Committee Member

Honorary Directors

  • Mrs. Donald Cravens
    Thomas Martin
    Thomas L. Philips
    Stan Stokes
    Charles Taylor – In Memoriam
    Lewis Webb – In Memoriam

Board Members:

  • Gary Annunziata, D.O.
    Frank Castner
    Martin Garrick
    Tim Goulet
    Morton Gubin, M.D.
    David Thompson, D.D.S.
    Linda Evans
    Kenny Holley
    Polly Pond Holley
    Fred E. Jandt, Ph.D.
    Andy Jessup, Sr.
    James Kaplan
    Rod Vandenbos
    Karen Miles
    Richard Oliphant
    John Parker
    Bill Rutherford
    Carl Scholl
    Victor Wolf
    Steven Chlavin