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January 2021

Meeting of Mentors: T-34 Fly –In

January 30, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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. Program free with regular paid admission.

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Meeting of Mentors: T-34 Fly –In

January 31, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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. Program free with regular paid admission.

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February 2021

Turkey Shoot: The Battle of the Philippine Sea

February 6, 2021 @ 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 Battle of the Philippine Sea (nicknamed the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot" by American pilots) was the Japanese Navy's last ditch attempt to hold on to the Marianas Islands. It marked the final large-scale carrier-versus-carrier battle of WWII in the Pacific. The battle resulted in heavy losses on the part of the Japanese - in men, planes and carriers. Pitted against each other were an American force of 7 fleet carriers and 8 light carriers against the Japanese task force…

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F-117 Stealth Fighter Experience

February 6, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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  This is YOUR opportunity to view the F-117 Stealth Fighter #-833 with an exclusive visitor experience! The Palm Springs Air Museum is launching a series of 6 limited events for the public to view this incredible aircraft up close and personal with an experienced interpreter as a guide for the evening. Each experience lasts 90 minutes and will feature a different Skunk Works Expert or F-117 pilot to interpret the airplane, and will include a different Limited Edition T-Shirt…

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Red Tails and Liberators

February 16, 2021 @ 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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This is a heartwarming and true story close to our presenter’s heart. As a young boy, Jerry Whiting’s father told him a story about these pilots called “Red Tails”. Jerry’s dad was a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber, flying out of Italy in WWII. He talked little about the war and his role in it, but often shared a story about the Red Tails. He described them as a group of black fighter pilots who escorted the bombers on…

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Okinawa: Crucible of the Pacific

February 20, 2021 @ 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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Of all the Pacific battles of World War II, Okinawa stands out as the most severe trial of the U.S. armed forces – their crucible. The Japanese launched a “typhoon of steel” against the U.S. invasion which was the last and largest amphibious assault in the Pacific. American forces faced a Japanese army defense force of 130,000 men and an unprecedented 3,000 kamikaze sorties targeting the U.S. invasion fleet. In a last desperate throw of the dice, the Japanese navy…

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March 2021

Bridge of Spies (Movie Screening)

March 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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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. Wine and Light Hors d'oeuvres will be served by LULU of Palm…

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The U2 Incident

March 6, 2021 @ 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 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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Canadian Military Tribute: The untimely death of the CF-105 Avro Arrow

March 13, 2021 @ 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 as we pay honor to our neighbors to the north in this our annual Canadian Military Tribute program. Most Americans, even those involved in aviation, know very little of Canadian aviation history in general and the Avro CF-105 Arrow heavy fighter / interceptor in particular. In a nutshell, Canada built the foremost aircraft in this category during the late 1950’s, but it was felled by  a short-sighted government decision to scrap it in the middle of flight-testing and…

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Fireball in the Night: The Bombing of Japan

March 20, 2021 @ 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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This program on the bombing of Japan and the dropping of the atom bomb will chronicle the events that made U.S. airpower a decisive factor in the fall of Japan in 1945. The story of the end of the Pacific war is a unique mixture of military strategy, modern science, and ancient traditions. In the end, Japan’s leaders had two choices – defeat or the possibility of total annihilation. Never in the history of warfare would air power play such…

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