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.

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

COLONEL ROBERT FRIENDFEBRUARY 29, 1920 - JUNE 21, 2019Today we lost our hero Tuskegee Airman Colonel Robert Friend....
06/22/2019

COLONEL ROBERT FRIEND
FEBRUARY 29, 1920 - JUNE 21, 2019

Today we lost our hero Tuskegee Airman Colonel Robert Friend....

COLONEL ROBERT FRIEND
FEBRUARY 29, 1920 - JUNE 21, 2019

Today we lost our hero Tuskegee Airman Colonel Robert Friend.

There is one quote that best embodies his spirit…

"THE GIANT IN FRONT OF YOU IS NEVER BIGGER THAN GOD - WHO LIVES WITHIN YOU"

Looking at his life it would have been easy for him to succumb to the prejudice he faced early on or the horrors of war, and emerge a cynical human being. Bob has said that he persevered in adversity to prove he could do it - for himself.

The balance of his life has been... a beacon of positive energy and an example of putting that energy back out to those around him. We need to remember Bob as a teacher, a man who through his subtle actions, not loud overbearing gestures, made us all better people. In the long view of our lives, how many of us can say that about our actions?

We should... it is what Bob would expect us to do. So as we all struggle with the loss of this wonderful man, we must go back to his teachings - look to the positive. To God’s love that lives within us...

If we can all do that, Bob Friend and what he means in this World will live on. Few of us will be remembered beyond the people who love us. In Bob’s case he will surely be immortal due to the amount of love and joy he brought to so many - WE WILL REMEMBER and his teachings will live on…

06/20/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

The fastest motorsport in the world! Flying past the pylons at the Reno Air Races! In our Red Tail P-51 Mustang "Bunny" and our P-63 Kingcobra "Pretty Polly". Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend. Check it out and help us get there with some fun perks for you. Click here and Thanks... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

Colonel Friend's 100th At The Reno Air Races
06/11/2019
Colonel Friend's 100th At The Reno Air Races

Colonel Friend's 100th At The Reno Air Races

Dedicated to Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend's 100th Birthday in celebration racing at Reno! | Check out 'Colonel Friend's 100th At The Reno Air Races' on Indiegogo.

06/10/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Thank You to everyone who was with us for what was a standing room only event at the Palm Springs Air Museum!

How do you solve one of the unforeseen problems of enduring a 6 1/2 hour mission in a fighter aircraft? You might never have thought of this! Explained by Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Harry Stewart.

Yesterday at the Palm Springs Air Museum for the West Coast World premier of the Colonel's book "Soaring to Glory: A Tuskegee Airman’s Firsthand Account of WWII", along with author Philip Handleman.

The Colonel flew forty-three combat missions as a Tuskegee Airman in World War II. For his flying prowess with the famed 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Red Tails, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Thank You to everyone who was with us for what was a standing room only event!

Palm Springs Air Museum
06/08/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

This Sunday June 9th at 1:00pm... Please be with us here at the Palm Springs Air Museum to meet Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Harry Stewart!

The Colonel flew forty-three combat missions as a Tuskegee Airman in World War II. For his flying prowess with the famed 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Red Tails, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

This will be the West Coast World premier of the Colonel's book "Soaring to Glory: A Tuskegee Airman’s Firsthand Account of WWII", along with author Philip Handleman.

Do not miss the opportunity of being with Colonel Stewart in person and shaking his hand. After the presentation he will be signing his book, just released, for sale here at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

June 9th, Sunday at 1:00pm. Presentation Free with your regularly paid admission.

https://fxn.ws/2WkAnel

06/07/2019
Luzdelia Caballero NBC

Thank You to NBC Palm Springs and Luzdelia Caballero for sharing the story of Marjorie Snell with her husband 101st Airborne Paratrooper Francis "Russell" Snell on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. At the Palm Springs Air Museum.

#PSAirMuseum #PalmSpringsAirMuseum #DDay #NormandyInvasion #101stAirbrone #WorldWarIIHistory

#DDAY The Palm Springs Air Museum gives the widow of a D-Day veteran the flight of a lifetime. Watch this heartwarming story!

06/07/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

On June 6, 1944 101st Airborne Paratrooper Francis "Russell" Snell parachuted into Normandy from a C-47 for the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day. One of the most momentous days in all of history.

June 6, 2019, his wife Marjorie flew in our C-47 "What's Up Doc?", in the same seat position her husband flew in 75 years ago.

Everyone who flew with us today now belongs to a very unique club... Those who flew in a C-47 on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Thank You for sharing today with us at the Palm Springs Air Museum!

06/06/2019
Daytona Everett NBC

75 years ago, June 6th 1944, 101st Airborne Paratrooper Francis "Russell" Snell parachuted from a C-47 in what was the Allied Invasion of Europe at Normandy, D-Day.

Thursday June 6th, Marjorie Snell will join us on board our paratrooper C-47 to fly in his honor. She will even sit in the same seat he sat in on that momentous flight.

Watch the skies around the Coachella Valley starting at 7:00am as we fly our C-47 for four flights in the morning remembering D-Day.

Then at 11:00am please join us here at the Palm Springs Air Museum with Marjorie Snell to share an intimate, personal true story of WWII 101st Airborne Paratrooper Francis "Russell" Snell in their book "Lest We Forget".

Book signing follows the program. Program is Free with regular museum admission.

"Rus" Snell is one of many paratroopers who jumped out of a C-47 on D-Day. Today, I had the pleasure of meeting his wife who tells his story so well (Rus passed away this time last year).

Tomorrow, in honor of D-Day and her beloved husband, she will ride in the same aircraft he jumped out of on that historic day.

We'll be live from the Palm Springs Air Museum tomorrow morning!

06/05/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

Tomorrow, June 6th, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 1944... "an Allied Expeditionary Force will invade the continent of Europe. That day must come." - "Victory At Sea".

From Palm Springs Air Museum's friends, Emmy Award Winner Brooks Wachtel, co-creator with Cynthia Harrison of the History Channel Series "DogFights" and "The History of the Royal Navy"....

ON THIS DAY: 75 years ago allied armed forces launched the largest amphibious assault in history; D-Day, the beginning of the liberation of Europe.

In 2002, Cynthia Harrison and I wrote the history of the Royal Navy for The History Channel... here's a slightly amended portion of the script that covered the RN participation of D-Day.

NARRATOR:
With the U-boat menace finally eliminated, the massive build-up of supplies and men in England for the invasion of Europe is successfully completed.

June 6, 1944. This vast armada was under the control of Admiral Bertrand Ramsey ......– the man who organized the evacuation of Dunkirk. Now almost exactly four years later, he was coming back to France – with a vengeance.

For the invasion, Admiral Ramsey assembled the largest fleet ever seen. 6,833 ships of all kinds were off Normandy on the morning of June 6, 1944, poised to blast through the door of “Fortress Europe.”

ANDREW LAMBERT:
There's firepower of every description, from 15 and 16-inch heavy naval guns right down to four point seven inch guns in converted landing craft for close-in fire support. Every possible opportunity the Royal Navy took to support those troops and get them onto the beach with the least casualty and the greatest opportunity.

NARRATOR:
The invasion is a stunning but costly success. A little over a year later, a defeated Germany lay in ruins. While the Third Reich was crushed on land – it was victory at sea that made it possible. By losing the oceans – Germany had lost the war.

The entire episode, which chronicles the Royal Navy from the end of World War One through World War Two and to the present, is now on YouTube. The show is hosted by Prince Andrew so we had the honor of putting words in the royal mouth.

The act that deals with D-Day starts at 16:50 – but watching the entire show really puts it in context. Besides, I was proud of some of the wordsmithing  (and covering almost a century, the depression, World War Two, the Falklands and the end of empire in an hour show was a bit of a challenge).

Here it is…https://youtu.be/uwoD1rPvnqI

Also in honor of D-Day here is Victory at Sea. This episode first ran on Feb 13, 1953, slightly less than eight years after the end of the war; very close to the event and a memory for many viewers.

The style is very different than modern documentaries – but with a narration that at times is almost poetic and music by Richard Rogers it is a fitting chronicle to those who fought and lived through this amazing time.

Modern documentaries tend to be more even-handed and more detailed factually. But I think we’ve lost something as well. See for yourself…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K75yDdY-fGQ

06/05/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

June 4, 1940 - The British completed the evacuation of 300,000 troops at Dunkirk, France. They’d been chased out of Europe, lost their equipment, but proclaimed it a miracle. Churchill reminded his people that wars were won by victories – not evacuations.

From Emmy Award Winner and Co-Creator of the History Channel Series "DogFights", Palm Springs Air Museum friend Brooks Wachtel...

Cynthia Harrison and I covered this when we wrote the history of the Royal Navy for The History Channel… here’s that section of the script including interviews with historian Andrew Lambert.

Narrator: On May 19th 1940, the German blitzkrieg smashed Holland, Belgium and France. Within a week, 338,000 British and French troops found themselves trapped between the Nazi juggernaught and the sea on the French beaches of Dunkirk. They had to be saved. The result “operation Dynamo” would become legend.

Under the command of Admiral Sir Bertrand Ramsay a “Mosquito Armada” of lifeboats, tugs, yachts, barges and pleasure craft aided the Navy fleet of 39 destroyers, 7 sloops and 36 minesweepers. In all 860 vessels took part.

ANDREW LAMBERT
The Dunkirk evacuation is one of those things that the Royal Navy is very good at because it's been doing it for the last 400 years. That is, removing the army from the continent when it's made a complete mess of things. The evacuation was organized very quickly. It was organized very professionally. It involved every kind of ship that you could possibly bring to bear.

Narrator: For nine days they risked the pounding of the Luftwaffa – 6 of the destroyers were sunk and 19 more damaged – but in the end the army was saved.

ANDREW LAMBERT
The evacuation of the British army from Dunkirk was a shattering blow to British morale. But it was also, very quickly turned into a triumph, PULL UP: Dunkirk suddenly became a miracle. The fact that the British had lost a massive battle had been completely driven off the continent by a rampant German army suddenly disappeared.

Narrator: But Churchill, who had become Prime Minister on May 10th, warned that, “wars are not won by evacuations”.

https://youtu.be/uwoD1rPvnqI?t=654

06/04/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

June 4, 1942 began the pivotal Battle of Midway, 77 years ago today. In retrospect, from Palm Springs Air Museum friend Brooks Wachtel, Emmy Award Winner and Co-Creator of the respected History Channel series "DogFights"...

1942 - The Battle of Midway began. It was the first major victory for America over Japan during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and blunted Japanese expansion in the Pacific. The Japanese navy never recovered from the loss of 4 fleet carriers and their highly trained aviators. Walter Lord called it, “the incredible victory.”

For the Japanese, losing the carriers and their irreplaceable pilots and aircrews was symbolic of the insurmountable problem that would doom them to defeat. The Japanese economy was less than 4% of the world’s industrial output while the United States was near 30%. It was estimated that the United States had 10 times the war making potential of Japan.

A war of attrition would be fatal to Japan.

Their only hope was a quick victory. Admiral Yamamoto, who had been to America, told his superiors that the Japanese Navy could run riot for six months and then he could promise nothing. Midway was six months to the day after Pearl Harbor.

Before Pearl Harbor the chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Stark – with great prophesy - warned the Japanese Ambassador, “If you attack us we will break your empire before we are through with you. While you may have initial success due to timing and surprise, the time will come when you too will have losses but there will be this great difference. You not only will be unable to make up your losses but you will grow weaker as time goes on; while on the other hand we not only will make up our losses but will grow stronger as time goes on. It’s inevitable that we shall crush you before we are through with you.”

It was a blueprint of what happened in the course of the war.
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Thank You

Palm Springs Air Museum
05/30/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

You must be here for a most special event, June 9th, Sunday at 1:00pm.... Meet first hand with a true American Hero... Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart.

The Colonel flew forty-three combat missions as a Tuskegee Airman in World War II. For his flying prowess with the famed 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Red Tails, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

This will be the West Coast World premier of the Colonel's book "Soaring to Glory: A Tuskegee Airman’s Firsthand Account of WWII", along with author Philip Handleman.

Do not miss the opportunity of being with Colonel Stewart in person and shaking his hand. After the presentation he will be signing his book, just released, for sale here at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

June 9th, Sunday at 1:00pm. Presentation Free with your regularly paid admission.

05/30/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

Aircraft start up for the flyover and flower drop, Memorial Day 2019 at the Palm Springs Air Museum. A World War II Mitchell B-25 bomber, F4U Corsair, P-63 Kingcobra "Pretty Polly", Red Tail P-51 Mustang "Bunny", PB4Y-2 Privateer and T-33 jet "Shooting Star".

05/28/2019
The Aviation Shooter

Thank You to all who joined with us at the Palm Springs Air Museum yesterday in honor of Memorial Day and all that it means to so very many.

A very special Thank You to Scott Plummer Vidtography for the wonderful video. And also a very special Thank You to all of the volunteers and staff who made it all happen.

Memorial Day 2019 as seen through the lens of my camera at the Palm Springs Air Musuem. Special thanks to one and all that made this an unforgettable experience.

Palm Springs Air Museum Palm Springs International Airport Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs Air Museum
05/27/2019

Palm Springs Air Museum

Join us for Memorial Day 2019 as we honor those of our Armed Forces who sacrificed all in the name of Freedom and the United States of America.

Today here at the Palm Springs Air Museum, in person, with flying and remembrances and so much more. Or from around the world on our LiveCam at http://bit.ly/2WrgkPC

Thank You!

05/23/2019
Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

For Memorial Day you want to be here! Warbirds flying all day long. You can even fly too. Come watch the only PB4Y-2 Privateer in the world, our Red Tail P-51 Mustang "Bunny", T-33 "Shooting Star" jet, F4U Corsair, P63 Kingcobra, T-28 Trojan, D-Day C-47 "What's Up Doc?", B-25 Mitchell bomber.

Honor in person, World War II B-24 Tail Gunner Lt. Col. Russ Mulvaney, and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend. Presentation by the Palm Springs Air Musuem Pipe Band.

This is a very special day at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Our Memorial Day Service is dedicated to all of our fallen comrades who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.

In their honor, we highlight their Service with a fly-by and flower drop from the World War II B-25 Mitchell Bomber of over 3,000 red and white carnations. This most impressive ceremony is our way of saluting our fallen comrades. Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home. The Memorial Ceremony and Flower Drop scheduled for 1:00 PM.

Food and live entertainment; In-N-Out Burger too and enjoy the Heatwave Jazz Band. Kids fun too!

Please join us for this very unique and important day!

Plenty of Free Parking and nearby Free Parking and Free Shuttle Service. Just follow the signs.

Memorial Day, Monday May 27, 2019 9:30am - 5pm Thank You!

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

Telephone

(760) 778-6251

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