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January 2020

SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

January 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Set within the framework of World War II in Europe, this program recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgium border on February 8, 1944. Some men died. Some were captured and became prisoners of war. Some men evaded capture and were missing in action for months before making it back to England. Their individual stories and those of…

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Meeting of the Mentors – T-34 Fly In

January 25 @ 10:00 am - January 26 @ 3:00 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.

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F7F Tigercat Open Cockpit

January 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sit in the cockpit of this Grummon Warbird, inside our climate-controlled hangar. Some physical restrictions apply. Included with museum admission. Comfortable clothes and rubber-soled shoes recommended.

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February 2020

P-47 Thunderbolt Open Cockpit

February 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Open cockpit in our P-47 Thunderbolt! Climb in and see what it's like sitting in the pilot's seat of this huge fighter bomber from World War II! So come on in, get on in, and shoot that selfie in our fully air conditioned hangars! And spend the entire day! Open Cockpit Free with your regularly paid admission.

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From East Garrison to the Ranch House

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

This is a real story told by the person who lived it, Peter Gravett. As one of twelve children, born into an industrious and religious centered home where traditional values were taught and education was encouraged, the book tracks him from his pre-teen years through high school and his first tour of duty in the Army through four illustrious careers including achieving the rank of Police Watch Commander for the Los Angeles Police Department and Major General of the United…

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Turkey Shoot: The Battle of the Philippine Sea

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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 of…

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AT-6 Texan Open Cockpit

February 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Open cockpit in our AT-6 Texan! Climb on in and sit in the pilot's seat of the advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force, and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s. Later flying combat in many Air Forces around the world! So get in some flight training like it once was and shoot that selfie in our fully…

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Becoming the Bloody 100th – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The 100th Bombardment Group earned a somber reputation among the other American B-17 and B-24 8th Air Force units based in WWII England. What contributed to their “Bloody Hundredth” nickname? Join us for a look beyond the rumors and myths that followed the 100th in 1943. Veteran B-17 pilot and operations officer John Luckadoo offers eyewitness insight while 100th Bomb Group Foundation director Chris Barrett reviews pivotal events in the stateside training and early overseas combat experiences of the 100th’s…

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F4F Wildcat Open Cockpit

February 15 @ 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 Grumman F4F Wildcat from World War II. A truly historical aircraft, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942. Take the controls in that pilot's seat and see what it is like. Makes for a really cool selfie too! Much to do here too so spend the day! Open Cockpit Free with…

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Hollywood & the Home Front – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

During World War II, the War Department realized the importance of not only keeping up the morale of America’s fighting forces abroad, but the morale of those at home. The result was an unprecedented push by Hollywood to contribute morale-building war dramas, troop entertainment, and training films to the war effort. These films told Americans at home that they too could serve in the defense of their country by purchasing war bonds, participating in scrap drives, planting Victory Gardens, and…

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