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February 2018

Save the Date for our Annual Gala!

February 16, 2018
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Divided on D-Day Part II: “Stalemate and Breakout”

February 17, 2018 @ 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 June 7, 1944, over 150,000 Allied soldiers were confined to a narrow beachhead extending 50 miles along the Normandy coast. In Part II of “Divided on D-Day,” Historian Dr. Edward Gordon examines the reasons why British, Canadian, and American forces remained trapped in Normandy for 54 days. Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon

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March 2018

Canadian Military Tribute Day

March 3, 2018
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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11:00 AM: Pride of the Bush Pilots: the de Havilland Beaver Officially known as the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Mk.I Beaver, it's listed as one of the 10 greatest Canadian inventions. More significantly, almost all backcountry pilots who've flown the aircraft have a soft spot for the reliable workhorse. With a stout nine cylinder Pratt & Whitney radial engine, Beavers fly over emitting a roar evocative of steep mountains, unruly bears and true wilderness. The Beaver can be fitted with…

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Exotic Aircraft of World War II

March 10, 2018 @ 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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Between 1939 and 1945 more than 575 different types of military aircraft were developed by the combatant nations. Not nearly that many became household names like the Mustang, Zero or Spitfire. This is a look at the lesser known winners, losers and wild aircraft designs that were thought up during WWII. We’ll discuss the rocket and jet planes for both Allied and Axis countries and talk about why America was so successful in the aviation development race. Presenter: Michael Carra

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DogFights: the making of the History Channel Series

March 17, 2018 @ 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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Please join us for a presentation with Brooks Wachtel, co-creator and co-Executive Producer of the hit History Channel series "DogFights." Using never-before-seen footage, Mr. Wachtel reveals the fascinating story of this ground-breaking show which was unprecedented in its use of CGI to recreate epic air-combat. He recounts the troubled birth, the highs and lows and how the changing television landscape sadly grounded this high-flying series. Presenter: Brooks Wachtel

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Divided on D-Day Part III: “The Bumpy Road to Germany”

March 24, 2018 @ 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 August 1, 1944, General Patton’s Third Army was finally unleashed. In a spectacular two-week breakout, his forces seized most of Brittany and made a lightning advance eastward toward Le Mans. In Part III of “Divided on D-Day,” historian Dr. Ed Gordon will recount how this remarkable advance was followed by a bloody fall and winter stalemate. Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon

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Researching the Silent Generation: Solving the mysteries of WW2 military service

March 31, 2018 @ 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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So many American families have at least one relative, who served in World War II, but few of us know much about their service and experiences in the war, since few of them spoke about it after the war was over. This presentation is perfect for descendants of WW2 veterans, POWs, genealogists, history buffs, or anyone interested in learning how to locate and understand WW2-era military records.   Researcher Bill Beigel will share the fascinating stories of people he’s researched and…

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April 2018

American Military Special Forces

April 7, 2018 @ 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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Dick Couch is a New York Times best-selling author with twenty-two titles to his credit and is a leading authority on military special operations and special-operations training. In this presentation Dick will address the expanding global role of deployed American special operations forces in the ongoing war on terror. He will also talk about the past, current, and future mission sets of our four special-operations ground-combat components—the Navy SEALs, the Army Special Forces (the Green Berets), the Army’s 75th Ranger…

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Battling Hollywood

April 14, 2018 @ 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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When the studios plunged into the war effort, the result was a spate of propagandistic films from all fighting fronts -- some great, some terrible -- along with the occasional masterwork that challenged popular conceptions of the conflict and dared to confront the realities of combat. This program will explore Hollywood's depiction of the war as it happened with a bounty of clips ranging from "Battleground" to "They Were Expendable" and beyond. Presenter: Kirk Ellis

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A British Teenager’s Experience of WWII

April 21, 2018 @ 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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Born in the County of Norfolk England in 1928, Mick Dawson left Litcham Secondary Modern School at the age of 14, December 1942. A wartime airfield for the American Army Air Force was under construction nearby and Mick got a job with the electrical contractor there as an apprentice. The 392nd Bomb Group with their B-24s occupied the base from August 1943 until the end of the War in Europe.   During that time Mick had a front row seat to…

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