This is a very special day at the Palm Springs Air Museum.This year’s 1 PM Ceremony commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid. 2nd Lt. Aden Jones was the bombardier on the 3rd plane out of 16 that participated in the Doolittle Raid. Jones passed away before the US Government awarded Congressional Gold Medals to the Doolittle Raiders in April of 2015. We are honored to be able to present the Congressional Gold Medal to Lt. Jones’ sister, Janet Davidson. She is a Gold Star Wife and Palm Springs resident.
The Flower Drop Ceremony 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 a B-25 Mitchell Bomber. The entire day is filled with flight exhibitions, Heatwave Band, Totally Twisted Balloons and Harpo the Clown, and this year’s flying aircraft are the P-51, P-63, T-28, the Bearcat and the B-25. Beer Garden for adults 21 and over.
This year: Rides in the PBJ Marine B-25 for sale starting at 10 am and throughout the day,
$395 rear seats, $595 front seats – to book, visit https://www.cafsocal.com/rides/pbj/
(except during the Flower Drop Ceremony and Flower Drop.) The Missing Man formation will be flown before the flowers drop.
Activities start at 10 am; Flower Drop Memorial Service starts at 1 PM, with a Congressional Gold Medal Presentation to Janet Davidson, sister of 2nd Lt. Aden Jones, Doolittle Raid bombardier on the 3rd plane. This year’s ceremony is dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid; followed by Missing Man formation and flower drop of the 3,000 carnations.
Food vendors include Freedom Fighter’s Cafe, The Big Easy Sandwich Co., The Cone Zone, Knights of Columbus Pizza, G’s Taco Spot, Grills Gone Wild, The Tamale Truck, and more. Beer Garden – must be 21 or older, and cannot leave area with the beer.
Presenting sponsors are Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the HN & Frances C. Berger Foundation, and Houston Family Foundation. Additional sponsors to date are , Ace Printing, Desert Water Agency, Emery Landclearing and Grading, Forest Lawn, Dr. & Mrs. Harold Lamb, McDonald’s (The Shalhoub Family), and TransPay Processing.