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November 2018

TRAVELING EXHIBIT Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy

November 16, 2018 - January 20, 2019
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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  In the days before Dec 7th, 1941 President Roosevelt, knowing that Americans could not afford to let England fail, called the nation to serve in a different way: Our Allies "ask us for the implements of war, the planes, the tanks, the guns, the freighters which will enable them to fight for their liberty and for our security. Emphatically we must get these weapons to them, get them to them in sufficient volume and quickly enough, so that we…

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December 2018

F7F Tigercat Open Cockpit

December 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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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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Korea: History of the Forgotten War

December 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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The Korean War was the first major conflict of the Cold War between the Western powers and the Communist nations in the years following World War Two. Although it lasted only 3 years, it cost millions of lives and devastated both North and South Korea. The threats and hostilities actually continue on today because military actions ended with a truce, not a treaty. We’ll discuss why this war is so often overlooked and why it shouldn't be in light of…

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P-47 Thunderbolt Open Cockpit

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

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For Love of Life & Country

December 29 @ 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 Eagle Scout to USAF Lt. Col, with combat experiences in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts the story of Dean Hunter’s military career is one that you’ll have to hear first hand to believe. Accidently sent to Korea as a Marine Pvt. without any combat training, Hunter went on to become one of the highest-decorated officers for heroism in the US Air Force. Author, educator and American hero Dr. Dean Hunter relates his experiences from ground pounder to pilot…

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January 2019

The Shoot Down of Korean Air Lines Flight 007

January 5, 2019 @ 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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KAL flight 007 was scheduled to fly from New York City to Seoul via Anchorage, Alaska. On 1 September 1983 however, the Boeing 747 airliner serving the flight was blown out of the sky by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor. The Soviet Union initially denied knowledge of the incident, but later admitted shooting down the aircraft, claiming that it was on a spy mission. Our speaker was a 20 year old United States Marine intercept operator with a front seat on…

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Combat Search & Rescue in Southeast Asia

January 12, 2019 @ 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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In the Vietnam War, SAR (Search and Rescue) became a big priority for the United States due to the vast scale of the war and an environment largely covered in thick jungle growth. The American military’s ability to perform effective Combat Search and Rescue missions was in the early days of the Vietnam War not adequate and wasn’t set up for such tasks. The rescue forces were mainly designed for cold war and local base rescue – not a jungle…

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Leyte Gulf: The Battle that Doomed Japan’s Navy (75th Anniversary Special Presentation) Presented by Dr. Ed Gordon

January 19, 2019 @ 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 October 20, 1944, General Douglas MacArthur watched the Sixth Army storm ashore on the Philippine island of Leyte. Meanwhile Admiral Soemu Toyoda, commander of Japan’s Combined Fleet, had deployed it into three separate naval forces to engage and crush the U.S. army and navy units mounting this invasion. This is the story of one of the largest and most decisive naval battles in military history. At its conclusion, the Japanese Combined Fleet was so badly mauled that it never…

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Meeting of Mentors: T-34 Fly –In

January 26, 2019 - January 27, 2019
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, formation flying, contests and just plane fun.

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February 2019

Misconceptions About the Tuskegee Airmen

February 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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The members of the 332d Fighter Group and the 99th, 100th, 301st, and 302d Fighter Squadrons during World War II are remembered in part because they were the only African American pilots who served in combat with the Army Air Forces during the war. They are more often called the Tuskegee Airmen since they trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field. In the more than sixty years since World War II, several stories have grown up about the Tuskegee Airmen, some…

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