Restorations - Palm Springs Air Museum


PBY Catalina “Flying Boat”



Help us keep the PBY Catalina flying!

Your donations will make sure she remains in flying condition for all to see.


Currently under restoration is this PBY Catalina “Flying Boat”, which had seen action in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. Acquired by the Palm Springs Air Museum in 2007, this aircraft was flown down from Washington where it had been used for fighting fires. The purchase of the PBY was underwritten by Board member Howard Bernstein. It was restored to military markings with nose art picturing Howard’s wife, Harriet. In 2018, this PBY is now being restored to active FLYING status, thanks to generous underwriting from Harriet Bernstein (in memory of her late husband Howard); and from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation in memory of Lew Webb.

Bell H-13 Helicopter

Bell H-13 Helicopter, currently hanging from the ceiling of the Miles Korea and Vietnam Hangar, on loan from Richard Oldham.

O-2 Skymaster

The O-2 Skymaster, now on static display, was used in Vietnam as a forward air controller. In laymen terms this small aircraft was a type of scout, flying low and slow over the terrain, and then would signal to bring in the more powerful jets.

F-106 Delta Dart

P-51 Mustang “Bunny”



Help us keep the P-51 flying!

Your donations will make sure she remains in flying condition for all to see.


Thanks to your help, our P-51 Mustang “Bunny” is Restored and Flying! 2012 the plane’s exterior was painted with the markings of the P-51 flown by Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend in WW2.  At a gala honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, nine Tuskegee Airmen signed the Red Tail of this plane.

The Red Tail with the signatures is on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum for posterity and future generations to see.

On February 28, 2015 our restored P-51 “Bunny” was unveiled with several Tuskegee Airmen in attendance.  These heroes signed the top of the left stabilizer.

When not flying, see the P-51 Mustang “Bunny” at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

To Book a ride in our P-51 Mustang or C-47 Skytrain contact us at:
844-377-4151 – toll free

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The P-51 Mustang

For more information on Bunny’s activities, now that she is flying, please like the P-51 Facebook page.

Taking Apart A Mustang

No warbird envokes the memories of fighter aircraft in combat like the P-51 MUSTANG. Serving in WW2 & Korea as a bomber escort and tactical fighter-bomber this aircraft has returned to the skies!

The Mustang in our Museum was delivered to the Army in June 1945 and served initially with the 31st Fighter Squadron, Continental Air Force. In 1951 it was transferred to the 131st Fighter Bomber Wing, Strategic Air Command.

Thank you to all who donated to the P-51’s restoration. Your donation will make sure the Palm Springs Air Museum keeps her flying. All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor. For more information, contact Carol at or call 760-482-1836

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