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January 2020

Temp Exhibit – The Last Good War: Facts & Voices of WWII – Photography by Thomas Sanders

January 1 @ 10:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm

World War II remains one of the most galvanizing and defining events in the history of America. Seemingly overnight, the entire nation unified behind a singular cause. An entire generation’s identity was forged, in part, by what many still refer to as the “last good war.” Sixty years later, a young photographer named Thomas Sanders began traveling the country photographing and interviewing hundreds of World War II veterans. The more he shot, the more he listened, and the more captivated…

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February 2020

Fri, Feb 21 – Annual Gala – We Did It Together!

February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday, February 21, 2020 - Annual Gala - Joe Mantegna returns as Celebrity Guest Emcee.  Celebrity Headliner is Frankie Avalon. 5:30 pm cocktail reception, dinner and program. $395 individual ticket. Table sponsors range from $25,000 for a table of twelve down to $5,000 for one table of ten. Black tie or military uniform. SPECIAL TRIBUTE IN MEMORIAM FOR TUSKEGEE AIRMAN LT. COL. BOB FRIEND. For info, please call Carol at 760-482-1836.  

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Spitfire Supermarine Open Cockpit

February 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Open cockpit in our Supermarine Spitfire! This is an incredible opportunity! The British fighter aircraft that is a hero of the Battle of Britain and featured in the motion picture "Dunkirk". Climb on in and sit in the pilot's seat of this tremendously powerful plane with later designed Rolls Royce Griffon engines producing over 2,300 horsepower! Imagine what it was like to be one of the flyers to whom Winston Churchill spoke "Never was so much owed by so many…

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Fork-Tailed Devil: The P-38 Lightning Story

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

From its beginnings under the watchful eyes of  Clarence “Kelly” Johnson to its starring role in the Yamamoto shoot down, the P-38 Lighting served valiantly in all theatres of action during WWII.  Most distinctive because of its split tailed design the Lightning quickly became a favorite of American pilots around the globe. True to its name, the P-38 was akin to a force of nature: fast, unforeseen, and immensely powerful. Come hear the story of the plane and the pilots…

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Fork-Tailed Devil: The P-38 Lightning Story

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

From its beginnings under the watchful eyes of  Clarence “Kelly” Johnson to its starring role in the Yamamoto shoot down, the P-38 Lighting served valiantly in all theatres of action during WWII.  Most distinctive because of its split tailed design the Lightning quickly became a favorite of American pilots around the globe. True to its name, the P-38 was akin to a force of nature: fast, unforeseen, and immensely powerful. Come hear the story of the plane and the pilots…

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P-40 Warhawk Open Cockpit

February 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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. Physical restrictions may apply.

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Murder of a Tuskegee Airman – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

February 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This is a story of a Red Tail P-51 pilot shot down over Austria in a dogfight during the last days of WWII. The pilot was held for three days, awaiting transport to an interrogation center in Germany. On the third evening, two Luftwaffe officers showed up with false papers and the airman was released to their custody. He was found hanging from the lamp post later that morning. Jerry Whiting discusses the situation in Austria at that time and…

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March 2020

Canadian Military Tribute

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Canada participated in many ways during WWII, more than people realize. Canadian forces landed on Juno beach on D-day, and played a large part in the Battle of the Atlantic. By the end of the war, Canada had the 4th largest allied air force in the world. The Canadian military has fought alongside the United States in most major conflicts since World War II, including the Korean War, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, and most recently the war in…

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Meet Gary Powers, Jr – Reception & Commentary following “Bridge of Spies” Movie Screening

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$20

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. Join us for a screening of this fascinating film complete with special in person commentary from film contributor and son of Francis Gary Powers himself, Gary Powers Jr. Presenter: Gary Powers Jr. WINE AND LIGHT HORS D’OEUVRES WILL BE SERVED…

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The U2 Incident by Gary Powers, Jr., son of Francis Gary Powers

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

On 1 May 1960, a United States U-2 spy plane was shot down by the Soviet Air Defense Forces while performing photographic aerial reconnaissance deep into Soviet territory. The single-seat aircraft, flown by pilot Francis Gary Powers, was hit by a surface-to-air missile but Powers parachuted safely and was captured. The incident occurred around two weeks before the scheduled opening of an east–west summit in Paris. In the days directly leading up to the conference, tensions increased dramatically between the…

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