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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

P-47 Thunderbolt Open Cockpit

March 25 @ 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-47 Thunderbolt, inside an air conditioned hangar. Please remember to wear comfortable clothing and rubber soled shoes.

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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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B-25 Executive Sweet Flight Exhibitions

March 31 @ 10:00 am - April 2 @ 5:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum,
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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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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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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Fieseler 156 Storch: The Nazi’s Answer to Short Take Off and Landing

April 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 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…

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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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