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April 2019

Guadalcanal – “The Cactus Air Force”

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This is a detailed account of the heroic effort of Army, Navy, and US Marine pilots in the early days of World War II. Cactus Air Force refers to the ensemble of Allied air power assigned to the island of Guadalcanal from August 1942 until December 1942 during the early stages of the Guadalcanal Campaign, particularly those operating from Henderson Field. Six aviators who served in the "Cactus Air Force" received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Battle of Guadalcanal.   Hear their stories and…

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Honoring Women in Aviation

April 6 @ 6:00 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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$20

Join us as we pay tribute to the ground breaking and high-flying women of aviation. Explore our “Women in Aviation” exhibit and then come face to face with the pilots who helped to make that history. This evening will be an opportunity to meet and greet some of the greatest female legends of flight both military and civilian. Wine and Light Hors d‘oeuvres will be served by LULU of Palm Springs. Members $15, Non-Members $20, Please RSVP to 760-482-1836

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Medal of Honor Recipients of World War II

April 13 @ 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 earliest action for which a U.S. serviceman earned a World War II Medal of Honor was the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, for which seventeen U.S. servicemen were awarded a Medal. The last action to earn the MOH prior to the end of hostilities in World War II, were those of Melvin Mayfield on July 29, 1945. During the war, 472 United States military personnel received the Medal of Honor. This program will highlight individual accounts of…

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WWII: The US Invasion of North Africa

April 20 @ 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 November 1942, Operation Torch became the US military's first step toward defeat of Nazi Germany in Europe. But why were we fighting there in the first place when US commanders favored Operation Sledgehammer, a landing in Occupied Europe as soon as possible? The question looms especially large when you consider the nearly 400,000 Axis and Allied troops that were either killed, injured, or died of disease by the end of the campaign. Revisit with us the historical battles that…

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May 2019

Annual Memorial Day Air Fair and Flower Drop

May 27
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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This is a very special day at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Our brief Memorial service is dedicated to all of our fallen comrades, who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. In their honor, we highlight the service with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from B-25 Mitchell bomber. This most impressive ceremony is our way of saluting our fallen comrades. Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home. Flight…

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