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February 2020

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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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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Fri, Feb 21 – Annual Gala – We Did It Together!

February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday, February 21, 2020 - Annual Gala - Joe Mantegna returns as Celebrity Guest Emcee.  Celebrity Headliner is Frankie Avalon. 5:30 pm cocktail reception, dinner and program. $395 individual ticket. Table sponsors range from $25,000 for a table of twelve down to $5,000 for one table of ten. Black tie or military uniform. SPECIAL TRIBUTE IN MEMORIAM FOR TUSKEGEE AIRMAN LT. COL. BOB FRIEND. For info, please call Carol at 760-482-1836.  

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Fork-Tailed Devil: The P-38 Lightning Story

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

From its beginnings under the watchful eyes of  Clarence “Kelly” Johnson to its starring role in the Yamamoto shoot down, the P-38 Lighting served valiantly in all theatres of action during WWII.  Most distinctive because of its split tailed design the Lightning quickly became a favorite of American pilots around the globe. True to its name, the P-38 was akin to a force of nature: fast, unforeseen, and immensely powerful. Come hear the story of the plane and the pilots…

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Fork-Tailed Devil: The P-38 Lightning Story

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

From its beginnings under the watchful eyes of  Clarence “Kelly” Johnson to its starring role in the Yamamoto shoot down, the P-38 Lighting served valiantly in all theatres of action during WWII.  Most distinctive because of its split tailed design the Lightning quickly became a favorite of American pilots around the globe. True to its name, the P-38 was akin to a force of nature: fast, unforeseen, and immensely powerful. Come hear the story of the plane and the pilots…

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P-40 Warhawk Open Cockpit

February 29 @ 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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Murder of a Tuskegee Airman – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

February 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This is a story of a Red Tail P-51 pilot shot down over Austria in a dogfight during the last days of WWII. The pilot was held for three days, awaiting transport to an interrogation center in Germany. On the third evening, two Luftwaffe officers showed up with false papers and the airman was released to their custody. He was found hanging from the lamp post later that morning. Jerry Whiting discusses the situation in Austria at that time and…

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March 2020

Spitfire Supermarine Open Cockpit

March 7 @ 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 Supermarine Spitfire! This is an incredible opportunity! The British fighter aircraft that is a hero of the Battle of Britain and featured in the motion picture "Dunkirk". Climb on in and sit in the pilot's seat of this tremendously powerful plane with later designed Rolls Royce Griffon engines producing over 2,300 horsepower! Imagine what it was like to be one of the flyers to whom Winston Churchill spoke "Never was so much owed by so many…

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Canadian Military Tribute

March 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Canada participated in many ways during WWII, more than people realize. Canadian forces landed on Juno Beach on D-day and played a large part in the Battle of the Atlantic. By the end of the war, Canada had the 4th largest allied air force in the world. The Canadian military has fought alongside the United States in most major conflicts since World War II, including the Korean War, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, and most recently the war in…

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