Major General Kenneth P. Miles Hangar

Major General Kenneth P. Miles Hangar A non-profit military Museum dedicated to educating the public and the preservation of aircraft and artifacts from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Annually over 103,000 visitors tour three climate-controlled hangars totaling 65,000 square feet divided between the Pacific, European and B17 hangars. These hangars contain 46 aircraft, 7 of which are current and licensed to fly, 25 are completed aircraft with 100% original parts. The Museum houses 300 permanent exhibits and 4 traveling exhibits annually. Museums are intended to serve the public and PSAM participates in the Blue Star Museum initiative, offering free admission to all active-duty and reserve personnel and their families. A flourishing membership base of 1,440 active members contributes to the successful integration of the community from children to senior citizens.

Mission: The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living history museum dedicated to educating the public about the role Air Power played in preserving American liberties and way of life. The Museum preserves, exhibits, and flies aircraft from World War Two, Korea, and the Vietnam Wars. Most of the aircraft are in flyable condition. Many of our docents are veterans and are willing to share their experiences and sacrifices for the education of future generations. In addition to flyable and static aircraft, the Museum uses permanent and temporary exhibits, related artifacts, artwork, and library sources to perpetuate American History. Children 5 and under and all active military with ID (and their immediate families) receive free admission. Non Profit Tax ID # 33-0615350

Operating as usual

Palm Springs Air Museum
02/17/2020

Palm Springs Air Museum

Come visit the Palm Springs Air Museum to see the Presidential Experience display inside the Miles Hangar! The Display contains artifacts from both the 41st and 43rd Presidents Bush, including a Bomber Jacket, the TBM Avenger – the type of plane that Bush 41 was flying when he was shot down over the Pacific during World War II, and the F-102, which Bush 43 flew when he was in the service.

The museum opens at 10am today, we look forward to seeing you!

#PresidentsDay

Palm Springs Air Museum
02/17/2020

Palm Springs Air Museum

Come visit the Palm Springs Air Museum to see the Presidential Experience display inside the Miles Hangar! The Display contains artifacts from both the 41st and 43rd Presidents Bush, including a Bomber Jacket, the TBM Avenger – the type of plane that Bush 41 was flying when he was shot down over the Pacific during World War II, and the F-102, which Bush 43 flew when he was in the service.

The museum opens at 10am today, we look forward to seeing you!

#PresidentsDay

01/10/2020
Palm Springs Air Museum

Tomorrow Saturday in the General Miles Hangar... Thanks!

This Saturday... Open cockpit in our F-104 Starfighter! Climb on in and see what it is like sitting in the pilot's seat of this aircraft that set so very many speed and altitude world records. Our own Colonel Bob Lilac was one of the very few test pilots, along with Chuck Yeager, who flew the "N" rocket-powered version to the edges of Outer Space! Take a moment and listen to his story about what that was like! Experience the excitement yourself and take that selfie with you in the cockpit!

Open Cockpit Free with your regular paid admission.
January 11, 2020 10:30am-12:30pm

Join with us for this special presentation...
11/02/2019

Join with us for this special presentation...

This is truly unique! Come in and see and hear about our incredible collection of unique and somewhat unusual World War II German military vehicles. You will see cars that are boats and tracked motorcycles. The Mechanization of the Wehrmacht - Saturday November 2 at 1:00pm.

The forces of Nazi Germany in World War II were some of the most formidable fielded in any war. Backed by German science, engineering and modern mass-production techniques, it was a new type of highly mechanized warfare. Faster paced and deadlier than the armed forces that fought in the Great War just 20 years before, it overwhelmed slower moving enemies and helped Germany subjugate an entire continent.

Come see, hear, and learn about several original examples of German war technology that very nearly ended Western Civilization as we know it.

Presenter – Dr. Shawn Behrenfield
Program free with regularly paid admission.

Palm Springs Air Museum
10/04/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Climb on in the open cockpit of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter this Saturday, October 5th (10:30 am to 12:30 pm). This is the first aircraft to simultaneously hold the world speed and altitude record! The F-104 Starfighter was designed by a Lockheed team led by Kelly Johnson who also developed the P-38 Lightning, the U-2 spy plane and the SR-71 Blackbird. Open Cockpit is free with your regularly paid admission.

10/01/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

It is with great honor that we fly "Bunny" the Red Tail P-51 Mustang created to duplicate the actual P-51 Mustang flown by Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend. And now from the Air Force Association...

"Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan officially named the T-X advanced trainer. The T-7A “Red Hawk” is named in honor of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and the distinctive red-tail color scheme created during WWII by Lt. Col. Robert Friend, a Tuskegee Airman who passed away earlier this year at the age of 99. Secretary Donovan honored him and three surviving Tuskegee airmen at the unveiling. One would have to have a heart of stone to not be moved at that moment. If you missed it -- or maybe want to relive it -- you can watch it here."

Palm Springs Air Museum
09/22/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Today, In honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day this past Friday, perhaps visit our extensive, one of a kind, exhibit of the Vietnam War POW/MIA Bracelets.

Friday and Saturday we hosted two days of programs with author Heath Lee and Taylor Stockdale, the son of Admiral James Stockdale who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his leadership and resistance to his captors in the “Hanoi Hilton”. There was also a panel discussion with former POW's, and family members of POW/MIA's.

Thank You to all who attended our programs and our appreciation to those of you who visit this heartfelt and historical permanent exhibit.

Palm Springs Air Museum
09/21/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Today Saturday at 1:00pm a very important part of our modern history... "The League of Wives : The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the US Gov to Bring their Husbands Home".

This program is presented by author Heath Lee and Taylor Stockdale, the son of Admiral James Stockdale who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his leadership and resistance to his captors in the “Hanoi Hilton”.

Taylor’s mother, Sybil Stockdale, was instrumental in organizing the “League of Wives”. A panel discussion including POWs POW and MIA wives will conclude the program. Book Signing to follow program.

Sept. 21, 2019 Saturday at 1:00PM
Program free with your regularly paid admission.

Palm Springs Air Museum
09/18/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

This is a very special event coming up this Friday evening, September 20th at 5:30pm...

Please join us for our reception and program honoring those service members who were Vietnam Prisoners of War and those who are still Missing In Action. This day is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

This evening the Palm Springs Air Museum hosts an evening Prayer Service followed by a presentation by Heath Lee, the author of “The League of Wives”. This book chronicles the courageous POW/MIA wives and their actions to help secure the release of their husbands during the Vietnam War.

The author will conduct a book signing during this social gathering of POW’s, POW/MIA family members and bracelet donors.

Presenters: Dr. Dave Thompson & Heath Lee
WINE AND LIGHT HORS D’OEUVRES WILL BE SERVED BY LULU OF PALM SPRINGS.
MEMBERS $15, NON-MEMBERS $20, PLEASE RSVP TO 760-482-1836

Friday September 20, 2019 at 5:30pm

Palm Springs Air Museum
09/14/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Which is your favorite, "Pretty Polly" or "Bunny"? At the Reno Air Races this weekend! "Bunny" our Red Tail P-51 Mustang dedicated to Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend. And "Pretty Polly" our P-63 Kingcobra, one of only a very few flying in the entire world!

Come visit us in the race pit and see them up close. Also check out our new fun t-shirts for you! Thanks!

Palm Springs Air Museum
09/13/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are here! At the Reno Air Races through Sunday. Come check it out and visit us too. We have a lot of great new unique T-Shirts in our pit area. And the weather is great. This is the place to be!

09/12/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Your team from the Palm Spings Air Museum at the fastest motorsport in the world, the National Championship Air Races Reno, through Sunday...

Our P-63 Kingcobra "Pretty Polly" flying around the pylons at the Reno Air Races yesterday. There are so few Kingcobras left, that when a P-63 is flying, there is likley no other P-63 flying in the entire world. Come see "Pretty Polly" in our race pit at the National Champioship Air Races Reno through Sunday!

Palm Springs Air Museum
09/05/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Here we go! Tomorrow morning flying off to the Reno Air Races. We are wrapping up the last of our fundraising with some great perks for you. Please take a look and join the excitement for good reason too... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019-2

Our Red Tail P-51 Mustang "Bunny" and our P-63 Kingcobra "Pretty Polly" will be racing to honor Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend (Feb. 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019). Thank You!

Palm Springs Air Museum
08/30/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

You want to do this! Open Cockpit in our F-104 Starfighter! Climb on in and see what it is like sitting in the pilot's seat of this aircraft that set so very many speed and altitude world records. Saturday August 31 2019 10:30am-12:30pm. And Open Cockpits in different aircraft every Saturday.

The "N" rocket powered version flew to the edges of Outer Space! Experience the excitement and take that selfie! In one our air-conditioned hangars. Almost 100,000 sq ft of aircraft and endless displays. Have lunch in the Freedom Fighter's Cafe and spend the day. Thanks!

Open Cockpit Free with your regularly paid admission. Great fun for the kids too!

Palm Springs Air Museum
08/30/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Over July 4th weekend, the Palm Springs Air Museum hosted the Memorial Services of a great American hero, Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend.

Typically only seen by our members, this is the center spread of the Beacon, our membership newsletter. However an important event like this must be shared.

Only a few days away, we race at the prestigious Reno Air Races, flying to honor the Colonel. If you would, please take a moment to join with us doing so. Visit here and Thank You... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019-2

Please join with us at the Palm Springs Air Museum in honoring Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend (February 29, 1920...
08/26/2019

Please join with us at the Palm Springs Air Museum in honoring Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend (February 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019)...

This is very special to us here at the Palm Springs Air Museum and we hope it can be for you too. Our Limited Edition Aircrew Tribute Flight patch dedicated to the life of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend. (February 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019) https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019-2

A unique collectible and first offered here. Fully embroidered three inch flight uniform patch for your jacket or display too. A very special gift with your donation! Please click here and support us in our flying to honor the Colonel at the prestigious Reno Air Races. Thanks! https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019-2

Palm Springs Air Museum
08/20/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Our featured perk! Honoring Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend. (February 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019). With your donation at https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019-2

The unique Tribute Flight Polo Shirt and round Tribute Flightsuit Patch. The logo created for our Team racing at the Reno Air Races 2019.

Please join with us returning to the prestigious Reno Air Races in only a few weeks. Flying in Tribute to Colonel Friend. Take a look; and there are other unique perks too, only available here. Thanks! https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019-2

08/20/2019
United States Air Force

Happy Aviation Day! The Palm Springs Air Museum Red Tail P-51 Mustang "Bunny" will be celebrating at the National Championship Air Races in Reno coming up fast. Join with us and Thanks... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019-2

The U.S. Air Force has been a part of aviation since it was formed on September 18, 1947. The P-51 Mustang was one of the first aircraft employed at that time, by the newly formed USAF Strategic Air Command. Happy Aviation Day from the U.S. Air Force.

We ask your help in honoring a great American Hero. Thanks!
08/16/2019
Honoring Colonel Friend

We ask your help in honoring a great American Hero. Thanks!

Honoring Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend we are returning to the prestigious Reno Air Races. | Check out 'Honoring Colonel Friend' on Indiegogo.

Palm Springs Air Museum
08/09/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Update August 10, 2019... Our crowdfunding for now has closed. Thank You to everyone for your generosity!

We are on our way to the National Championship Air Races Reno for 2019! This crowdfunding only has a few more hours to run so, please check it out and get this flight uniform patch for yourself... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

In celebration of the Life (Feb 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019) of Lt. Col. Robert Friend of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, the Palm Springs Air Museum will race our "Red Tail" P-51 Mustang "Bunny".

Adding to the excitement we will also race our P-63 Kingcobra. A Reno race favorite in 2018. One of the very few still flying in the world!

Please join in and lots of other great perks for you. Thanks... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

Palm Springs Air Museum
07/26/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

Thanks KCET! We are one of the best "Hotspots" for aviation!

07/22/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Honoring Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col Bob Friend, we are taking our T-33 to appear at the upcoming Reno Air Races. The Colonel also flew the T-33 himself. Thanks!

There is beauty in flight. Our Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. A truly wonderful video production by ParkAir Vision.

Honoring Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend (February 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019), our T-33 will appear at the upcoming Reno Air Races. Please join with us in honoring the Colonel and there are some fun perks for helping us out. We do need you! Thanks and click here... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

Pilot Michael Pfleger, backseat Ian L. Sitren. July 4, 2019.

07/10/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

We must express our deepest appreciation to the Alabama Air National Guard 187th Fighter Wing for their tremendous support for the Memorial Service of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert "Bob" J. Friend. Thank You!

07/10/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

When out of the shadows, the world watched the SR-71 "Blackbird" in complete fascination. More spacecraft than aircraft, the man who became synonymous with it, test pilot Bob Gilliland. A Palm Springs Air Museum Honoree, Gilliand at the age of 93, on July 4th, left behind a lasting legacy. Watch with us here, a history of call sign "Dutch 51"...

07/09/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

On Sunday July 7th 2019, the Memorial Service for Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend. (February 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019). Please join with us and watch and listen here to honor a true Amercian Hero.

A very heartfelt Thank You to Scott & Lisa Plummer for this video production.

07/08/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

In Honor of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert "Bob" J. Friend. February 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019. His dedicated Red Tail P-51 Mustang "Bunny" from the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Please join with us in taking "Bunny" to the Reno Air Races this year. The Colonel's favorite event! Many rewards for yoru help too. Click here and Thanks! https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

Thank You to John Parker and the ParkAir Vision Team for this wonderful video!

07/08/2019
Luzdelia Caballero KGUN

Luzdelia Caballero KGUN

#LEGEND Final farewell for late Tuskegee Airman Lieutenant Colonel Robert Friend (who was also a BRUIN!!!). Tune in for details.
Palm Springs Air Museum

07/06/2019
Luzdelia Caballero KGUN

Luzdelia Caballero KGUN

#Tribute A motorcade came into Palm Srings from Corona Del Mar to honor late Tuskegee Airman Lt. Colonel Robert Friend. Watch for the touching details.

Palm Springs Air Museum

07/04/2019
The United States Air Force Band

Let us not forget so very much as we celebrate July 4th. Thank You!

Flag Day marks the adoption of the flag of the United States of America, on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Thirty-seven years later, in 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the words to "The Star Spangled Banner" after witnessing the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry after a fierce battle with the British. It was not until 1931 that an Act of Congress made the piece our national anthem.

The Singing Sergeants present a moving video featuring our national anthem as we celebrate Flag Day 2017.

Palm Springs Air Museum
06/30/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Showing the respect of a grateful nation; the USAF "Red Tail" F-16's from the Alabama Air National Guard will do a flyover and missing man formation at the Memorial Service for Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend.

Here at the Palm Springs Air Museum, the Memorial Service will be Sunday, July 7th 2019 at 11:00am. Public viewing will also be available in our Miles Hangar on Saturday, July 6th from Noon - 5:00pm. There are no Museum admission charges for the Viewing and Memorial.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Palm Springs Air Museum at https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/donate/

Or you may contribute to the Colonel's favorite event, his dedicated P-51 Mustang flying at the Reno Air Races at https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

Thank You!

Palm Springs Air Museum
06/28/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Thank You to the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce for naming us the Non-Profit of the Year 2019. We are greatly honored and grateful to be recognized in our community. Truly Thank You!

06/26/2019
United States Air Force

Honoring Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col Robert Friend by the United States Air Force...

Our hearts go out to Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert J. Friend and his family. Thank you for decades of service and dedication to our country. We wish you clear skies.

We are honored to host the Public Viewing and Memorial for Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend here at the Palm Sprin...
06/25/2019

We are honored to host the Public Viewing and Memorial for Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend here at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

The Public Viewing will be held on Saturday, July 6th from 12 noon to 5 pm. The Public Memorial will be held on Sunday, July 7th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Palm Springs Air Museum. Thank You and Donations can be made at https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/donate/

Join with us as we celebrate and honor the life of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend. Flying his "Red Tail" P-51 Mu...
06/24/2019

Join with us as we celebrate and honor the life of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend. Flying his "Red Tail" P-51 Mustang "Bunny" in Tribute at the National Championship Air Races Reno 2019. https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

Our Limited Edition Aircrew Tribute Flight patch is now available; We do ask your help and have some great other perks too for your contribution from $25 on up. You can even own the actual windshield from "Bunny" that flew the Reno Air Races in 2017 and 2018!

So please jump on in, crowdfunding takes a crowd and we truly need you! Thanks and Click here... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

Address

745 N Gene Autry Trl
Palm Springs, CA
92262-5464

General information

The new Hangar is dedicated to the Korean and Vietnam Wars and will be named in honor of U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kenneth P. Miles – a highly-decorated Vietnam War veteran with a military career spanning three decades of service, including flying 337 missions from 1967 to 1968 over Vietnam alone. The hangar will house aircraft like the F-104 Starfighter, Avenger TB-M, Prowler EA-6B, F-100D Super Saber, F-86 Saber and the F-102 Delta Dagger. The Exhibits will also include memorabilia such as POW/MIA bracelets worn during the Vietnam War and President George Bush’s flight jacket.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(760) 778-6251

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Major General Kenneth P. Miles Hangar

Our newest hangar dedicated to the Korean and Vietnam Wars is now open!!

The aircraft that are currently in the Miles Hangar area: F-102 Delta Dagger (Vietnam War) Northrup Grumman EA-6B Prowler (Vietnam War) F-84F Thunderstreak (Korean War) North American F-86 Sabre (Korean War) C-119 (nose section, Korean War) McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II (Vietnam War) Lockheed F-104 Starfighter (Vietnam War) F-100 Super Sabre (Vietnam War)

Displays currently housed are: –Mural of the planes and helicopters that transported the Presidents (painted by aviation artist Stan Stokes) –Edward and Mona Sher POW wall and POW Bracelet Collection –John Nocita Korean Wall of Remembrance –Commander Ken Marts Presidents Who Served Display –Fred Noble Jet Engine display –Cold War Timeline –Period Vehicles — Presidential Experience –Uniform Exhibits

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