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March 2019

Vanished Hero: The Life, War and Mysterious Disappearance of Americas WWII Strafing King

March 23 @ 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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A hell-bent-for-leather fighter pilot, Elwyn G. Righetti remains one of the most unknown, yet compelling, colorful, and controversial commanders of World War II. Arriving late to the war, he led the England-based 55th Fighter Group against the Nazis during the closing months of the fight with a no-holds-barred aggressiveness that transformed the group from a middling organization of no reputation into a headline-grabbing team that had to make excuses to no one. However, success came at a high cost in…

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MASH BASH

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$49

MASH themed party - Live rock 'n roll music by Anonymous 5; food; no-host bar; families welcome, but anyone age 20 or younger, must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older. MASH era aircraft will be on display. Presented by Lee and Phil Hixon. $49 per person - click here to buy online; $39 per person for museum members, through the giftshop.

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F-104 Starfighter Open Cockpit

March 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sit in the cockpit of a vintage warbird. Today is the F-104 Starfighter. Inside an air-conditioned hangar. Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and rubber-soled shoes. Physical restrictions may apply.

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Vietnam – The Helicopter War

March 30 @ 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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Over 12,000 helicopters were used in the Vietnam War, which is why it became known as "The Helicopter War". Almost half of the helicopters, 5,086, were lost. Helicopter pilots and crews accounted for nearly 10 percent of all the US casualties suffered in Vietnam, with nearly 5,000 killed and an untold number of wounded. Lew Jennings flew 726 Air Cavalry Cobra Gunship Helicopter missions receiving over 50 combat decorations including Three Distinguished Flying Crosses for Valor. His presentation of “Vietnam…

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April 2019

F4F Wildcat Open Cockpit

April 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Sit in the cockpit of a vintage warbird. Today is the F4F Wildcat. Inside an air-conditioned hangar. Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and rubber soled shoes. Physical restrictions may apply.

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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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F4U Corsair Open Cockpit

April 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Sit in the cockpit of a vintage warbird. Today is the F4U Corsair. Inside an air-conditioned hangar. Please remember to wear comfortable clothes and rubber soled shoes. Physical restrictions may apply.

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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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P-40 Warhawk Open Cockpit

April 20 @ 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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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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