Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum World War II and more recent aviation museum Over 50 vintage aircraft (many flyable) housed in over 90,000 square feet of climate controlled hangars.
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Flight Exhibitions most Saturdays Nov - April, plus children's activities. Warbird Rides available.

Mission: Educational organization dedicated to preserving the history of air power; honoring our veterans; and educating future generations about the role aviation played in maintaining our freedoms and way of life.

Operating as usual

11/11/2020
Warbird Wednesday - The C1-Trader

Well, hello there and welcome to Warbird Wednesday! Today we’re taking a look at the C-1A Trader, a cargo delivery aircraft used by US Navy up until the mid-eighties. The last C-1A was retired from USN service in 1988; it was the second-to-last radial-engine aircraft in U.S military service.

Enjoy the video and thanks for watching!

To purchase the puzzle, please visit https://bit.ly/WWIIPuzzle

Today we honor our veterans and thank all who have served. Look to the skies for our T-28 Trojan and P-51 Mustang today ...
11/11/2020

Today we honor our veterans and thank all who have served. Look to the skies for our T-28 Trojan and P-51 Mustang today as we fly over the City of Palm Springs Veteran’s Day drive-through luncheon at City Hall. 🇺🇸

The City of Palm Springs will be honoring our Veterans this Wednesday with a drive-thru appreciation lunch at the Palm S...
11/09/2020

The City of Palm Springs will be honoring our Veterans this Wednesday with a drive-thru appreciation lunch at the Palm Springs City Hall. Look to the skies to catch a glimpse of the T-28 Trojan and P-51 Mustang as the Palm Springs Air Museum honors our veterans with a luncheon flyover on this special day. 🇺🇸

Join us this Saturday as we celebrate our 25th anniversary with thanks to all who served our country. Come spend the day...
11/06/2020

Join us this Saturday as we celebrate our 25th anniversary with thanks to all who served our country. Come spend the day out in the open air and enjoy flight exhibitions, musical performances, and activities for the kids. At 11AM we will unveil our special tribute display to Vietnam Veteran and Delta Force Founder Col. Tom Henry. Then at 1PM join us for the open-air premiere screening of “Miss Angela: A Fire Bombers Life”. The screening will be hosted by Greg Stathatos of B-17 Archaeology.

Make a day of it and book a ride in one of our classic warbirds! Flights are operated every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm. Book online at https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/warbirdrides/

Check out our F-102 in Texas Air National Guard colors in the Presidential Aviation Exhibit located in the Miles Hangar....
11/02/2020
2 November 1953 - This Day in Aviation

Check out our F-102 in Texas Air National Guard colors in the Presidential Aviation Exhibit located in the Miles Hangar.

On 2 November 1953, the Convair YF-102 prototype, 52-7994 was severely damaged when its Pratt & Whitney J57-P-11 engine flamed out during a test flight. The cause was traced to the engine’s Bendix fuel control. Dick Johnson was unable to restart the engine and was forced to make a gear-up landing in the desert, not far from Edwards Air Force Base. Johnson was seriously injured. The prototype was written off.

https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/2-november-1953/

On 2 November 1953, the Convair YF-102 prototype, 52-7994 was severely damaged when its Pratt & Whitney J57-P-11 engine flamed out during a test flight. The cause was traced to the engine’s Bendix fuel control. Dick Johnson was unable to restart the engine and was forced to make a gear-up landing ...

Happy Halloween from Stealth #833.
11/01/2020

Happy Halloween from Stealth #833.

JUST RELEASED!! Exclusive T-Shirt Designs for the F-117 Experience! You can ONLY get these t-shirts by attending the F-1...
10/31/2020

JUST RELEASED!! Exclusive T-Shirt Designs for the F-117 Experience! You can ONLY get these t-shirts by attending the F-117 Experience, the October event SOLD OUT in just days, so get your tickets for the rest of the event dates now!

Go to http://bit.ly/F-117Experience for more details and to purchase tickets.

Tickets are $45 and include a free t-shirt, interpretation of the airplane by an expert guide, and plenty of photo opportunities. Each experience lasts 90 minutes and is held in the evening. The F-117 is not on regular display, these events are the only way to view the aircraft until complete restoration is complete in Spring 2021. Each event is limited to 117 attendees.

10/28/2020
Warbird Wednesday - F-102 Delta Dagger

Welcome to #WarbirdWednesday! We’re going back to the Century Series with the F-102 Delta Dagger, an interceptor fighter made by Convair. This aircraft was the epitome of the mid-1950’s military complex design thinking. Entering service in 1956, its main purpose was to intercept invading Soviet strategic bomber fleets during the Cold War.

Enjoy the video and as always, thanks for watching!

To purchase a Century Series t-shirt visit http://bit.ly/CenturySeriesTShirt

Stealth Fighter #833 flew 30 missions in Operation Desert Storm as a "Ghost Rider". The Iraqi air defense had another na...
10/27/2020

Stealth Fighter #833 flew 30 missions in Operation Desert Storm as a "Ghost Rider". The Iraqi air defense had another name for the mysterious intruder that came at night - "The Black Devil".

Click here https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/f-117-experience-speakers/ to read more about this incredible speaker lineup and to reserve your tickets!

Learn more about Gertrude Tompkins and the other Women in Aviation accomplishments at our exhibit in the European Hangar...
10/26/2020
26 October 1944 - This Day in Aviation

Learn more about Gertrude Tompkins and the other Women in Aviation accomplishments at our exhibit in the European Hangar.

“Tommy” Tompkins was scheduled to make an overnight stop at Palm Springs, California. She never arrived.

Due to a series of errors, it was four days before the military recognized that Tompkins was missing. An extensive search was undertaken but was unsuccessful.

Gertrude Tompkins (Mrs. Harry M. Silver) was listed as Missing, Presumed Dead. She was one of 38 WASP pilots who died in service during World War II. She remains the only Women Airforce Service Pilots member still listed as missing in action.

26 October 1944: At approximately 4:00 p.m., Civilian Pilot Gertrude V. Tompkins took off from Mines Field, California (now Los Angeles International Airport, or simply, LAX) in a newly-manufactured North American Aviation P-51D-15-NA Mustang, serial number 44-15669, on a flight to deliver it to New...

F-117 Experience Speaker Lineup Announced! The F-117 Experience is a series of 6 limited open air viewings for the publi...
10/24/2020

F-117 Experience Speaker Lineup Announced!

The F-117 Experience is a series of 6 limited open air viewings for the public to see this incredible aircraft up close (socially distanced) with an experienced interpreter as a guide for the evening.

Each experience lasts 90 minutes and will feature an expert speaker, a different Limited Edition T-Shirt for each event, and a chance to look inside the cockpit for each session. There will also be plenty of photo opportunities! Each event is limited to only 117 attendees.

SPEAKER LINEUP BY DATE:
Friday, October 30th - ALMOST SOLD OUT
Steve Justice, Former Director of Advanced Systems Development at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works Division

Friday, November 27th
Sherm Mullin, Lockheed Skunk Works Head, Advanced Tactical Fighter Program

Saturday, November 28th
James “JB” Brown, former Chief of Flight Operations, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Division

Saturday, December 26th
Neil Kacena, Vice President, Advanced Development Programs, Lockheed Martin

Saturday, January 2nd
To Be Announced

Saturday, February 6th
Bob Loschke, F-117 Flight Control Systems Research, Flight Control System Analysis, Development, and Testing – 36 years with Lockheed Martin in-flight systems development

Click here https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/f-117-experience-speakers/ to read more about this incredible speaker lineup and to reserve your tickets!

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Palm Springs Air Museum is open to the public! We are following COVID safe...
10/23/2020

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Palm Springs Air Museum is open to the public! We are following COVID safety protocols with social distancing and masks. All our hangar doors are open and the weather is looking great. Come visit!

A great deal of work goes into preserving our Military Aviation Heritage. Man-O-War getting heavy maintenance so she can...
10/23/2020

A great deal of work goes into preserving our Military Aviation Heritage. Man-O-War getting heavy maintenance so she can be enjoyed by future generations...

10/21/2020
Warbird Wednesday: C-119 Boxcar

Welcome to a slightly different Warbird Wednesday where we show you only a piece of the Fairchild C-119 Boxcar… and not to mention Fred’s take on a British accent.

This is a rare aircraft in that only a few were built before technology changed again and left this particular version obsolete. Watch the video and find out why you can only see the front section of this aircraft when you visit the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Enjoy the video, thanks for watching!

Last days to vote! The Palm Springs Air Museum is honored to have been nominated in the following 5 categories in the De...
10/19/2020

Last days to vote! The Palm Springs Air Museum is honored to have been nominated in the following 5 categories in the Desert Sun Best of the Desert 2020 competition!

Best Family Amusement
Best Event Venue
Best Local Tourist Attraction
Best Local Landmark
Best Place to Take the Kids

Vote here https://desertsun.secondstreetapp.com/Best-of-Desert-2020/

Thank you, we appreciate your support!

It is always an honor and a pleasure to recognize our local gold star families. They made the sacrifice so we can live i...
10/19/2020
Local fallen heroes honored with banners at the Palm Springs Air Museum - KESQ

It is always an honor and a pleasure to recognize our local gold star families. They made the sacrifice so we can live in freedom.

On Saturday, several families of fallen heroes received a banner on their behalf at the Palm Springs Air Museum. News Channel 3’s Caitlin Thropay was there during the special ceremony and introduces us to one of the family members that received a banner. “Growing up, I was always compared to my ...

Our Museum only exists today because of the vision of Bob Pond and the generosity of thousands of people that love aviat...
10/16/2020

Our Museum only exists today because of the vision of Bob Pond and the generosity of thousands of people that love aviation history and support our mission.

Delta LAX Flight Operations, along with their TechOps Engineering Department; and ACS's Ground Support Equipment Division recently helped coordinate the donation of one of Delta's tugs to the PSAM. We'd like to thank General Manager Lourens Van Aswegen for his support and LAX Captain Steven B. Johnson for his help as well.

The generations of military aviators we honor that have gone on to that bright star at sunset are smiling down upon you.

Go to the link below to make a donation:
https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/donate/

10/14/2020

Well, hello there! Welcome to today's episode of #WarbirdWednesday featuring one of the most iconic American aircraft of the 20th century, the F-86 Sabre Jet by the North American Corporation. Keep an eye for an entire "Fred Fun Section"!

Enjoy the video and as always, thanks for watching!

F-86 T-shirt can be purchased here http://bit.ly/F-86SabreTShirt

10/10/2020

We get lots of questions about the removal of the RAM (radar absorbent material) on Stealth #833. Check out the short video on how its done. A huge shout out to the Demil team at Tonopah. You guys rock! Our Country and the aircraft community in general owe you all a huge thank you for the way this airframe was preserved.

To check out more secrets for #833 check the link below for exclusive viewing experience dates to see the plane as it moves thorough it's restoration process.

Each experience lasts 90 minutes and will feature a different Skunk Works Expert or F-117 pilot to interpret the airplane, and will include a different Limited Edition T-Shirt from each experience, and a chance to look inside the cockpit for each session. There will also be plenty of photo opportunities! Each experience will take place in the evening at 5 PM.

For more details and tickets, please visit https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/programs/f117-experience/

The Palm Springs Air Museum is excited to announce the launch of the “F-117 Experience”! To support the intense public i...
10/09/2020

The Palm Springs Air Museum is excited to announce the launch of the “F-117 Experience”! To support the intense public interest in the Stealth Fighter #833, there will be six upcoming F-117A Exclusive Visitor Experiences at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Each experience lasts 90 minutes and will feature a different Skunk Works Expert or F-117 pilot to interpret the airplane, and will include a different Limited Edition T-Shirt from each experience, and a chance to look inside the cockpit for each session. There will also be plenty of photo opportunities! Each experience will take place in the evening at 5 PM.

For more details and tickets, please visit https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/programs/f117-experience/

The F-117 is not on regular display, these events are the only way to view the aircraft until complete restoration is complete in Spring 2021. Each event is limited to 117 attendees.

F-117 EXPERIENCE DATES
Friday October 30th; Friday and Saturday November 27th and 28th; Saturday, December 26th; Saturday, January 2nd; and Saturday, February 6th.

This week the first prototype Lear Jet flew -7 October 1963: The first of two Learjet 23 prototypes, N801L, makes its fi...
10/08/2020
7 October 1963 - This Day in Aviation

This week the first prototype Lear Jet flew -7 October 1963: The first of two Learjet 23 prototypes, N801L, makes its first flight at Wichita, Kansas, with test pilots Henry Grady (“Hank”) Beaird, Jr., and Robert S. Hagan. A light twin-engine business jet, the Learjet 23 is considered a “first” because it was designed from the start as a civil aircraft.

Check out our Lear 24 the Aircraft owned by Clay Lacy that bears his signature in our Miles Hangar. The PSAM is open 10AM to 5PM daily - kids twelve and under are free.

7 October 1963: The first of two Learjet 23 prototypes, N801L, makes its first flight at Wichita, Kansas, with test pilots Henry Grady (“Hank”) Beaird, Jr., and Robert S. Hagan. A light twin-engine business jet, the Learjet 23 is considered a “first” because it was designed from the start as...

10/07/2020

Well, hello there! Welcome to today's episode of Warbird Wednesday featuring one of the first generation fighters to enter the US Air Force; the F-84F Thunderstreak by Republic Aviation. The original Thunderstreak was a straight-wing aircraft, while the next generation F-84F featured a new design with swept wings.

Enjoy the video and as always, thanks for watching!

Purchase the USAF hat here https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/product/hat-usaf/

We want to take a moment and say thank you to The Planes of Fame Museum in Chino. Steve Hinton flew out their P-38 for o...
10/05/2020

We want to take a moment and say thank you to The Planes of Fame Museum in Chino. Steve Hinton flew out their P-38 for our Stealth Fighter arrival. Having Steve and the P-38 at the event made it extra special.

Thank you to Steve, the Planes of Fame family, and Tom Nightingale for making this happen... Please support Planes of Fame whenever you can...

10/04/2020
Arrival of the F-117A Stealth Fighter #833

The F-117A Stealth Fighter #833 arrives at the Palm Springs Air Museum with a flyby salute from two pivotal Lockheed aircraft; the WWII vintage P-38 Lightning and a first-generation jet, the T-33 Shooting Star.

As the revolutionary aircraft enters the ramp from the airport to the Museum it was greeted with a water arch tribute and it’s final radio call from the control tower recognizing its service to our nation.

Thank you to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the United States Air Force, the DeMil Team at Tonopah Nevada, our patrons, and staff for bringing this Historic aircraft to our facility.

The Museum will be announcing more viewing experiences soon.

If you would like to support the Palm Springs Air Museum, please donate at https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/donate/
Thank you!

Thank you to the USAF, the crews at Tonopah Nevada, our staff, and all that came out to view the F-117A #833 retire to t...
10/04/2020
'This is now its forever home': F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter arrives at Palm Springs Air Museum

Thank you to the USAF, the crews at Tonopah Nevada, our staff, and all that came out to view the F-117A #833 retire to the Palm Springs Air Museum today. The Museum will announce more viewing dates in the next week as we accommodate everyone that wishes to view the plane.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/money/business/tourism/2020/10/03/f-117-nighthawk-arrives-palm-springs-air-museum/3579152001/

The aircraft will be a permanent fixture at the museum. Only 59 F-117 Nighthawks were produced.

10/02/2020

Thank you to KMIR/NBC for the very nice story on the arrival the F-117A #833.

If you missed this opportunity to see the plane - stay tuned as we will be announcing more viewing opportunities of this amazing aircraft soon...

Enjoy the video link to their story below:
https://youtu.be/G7yAVk1Pq3I

09/30/2020
A-26 Invader - Warbird Wednesday

Well, hello there! Welcome to today's episode of Warbird Wednesday featuring a unique twin-engine aircraft; the A-26 Invader. Built by Douglas Aircraft Company during World War II, the Invader also saw service during several major Cold War conflicts.

Enjoy the video and as always, thanks for watching!

To buy the Nose Art clock, please visit https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/product/rosie-clock/

Address

745 N Gene Autry Trl
Palm Springs, CA
92262

General information

Museum is open daily 10 to 5. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and usually the 2nd Friday in February, for the annual fundraising gala. Check the website - on occasion the museum may close due to a private event, or if a dignitary is flying into Palm Springs. Our back tarmac is adjacent to the Palm Springs International Airport.

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) 778-6262

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ABOUT THE PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM

There is always something new at the Palm Springs Air Museum, where history comes alive and visitors can get close to the vintage World War II and Korea/Vietnam era aircraft. Named in 2014 as one of the top 14 aviation museums in the world by CNN Travel, 59 flyable and static planes are on display inside four climate-controlled hangars totaling 86,000 square feet inside with more outside on the tarmac. Many of the Museum docents actually flew these planes and served on the ships. The four hangars are organized by theme, with related exhibits lining the walls. Visitors enter through the Lobby, and pay at the Gift Shop to get their wristbands. From the Lobby, visitors can either go straight, past restrooms and the Buddy Rogers Theater to the hangars or head upstairs by elevator or staircase to the 9,200 volume research library and Education Center. In the outer room of the Library are computer flight simulators to entertain and teach the principles of flight to people of all ages.

The Pacific (Navy) Hangar includes exhibits and aircraft used by the Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Highlights include the Pearl Harbor diorama narrated by NBC journalist and author Tom Brokaw, the Grumman “cats”; the Avenger, Corsair, Dauntless and Invader. The PBY Catalina Flying Boat is usually on the Tarmac. Ship models, uniforms and weapon display cabinets complement the large wall Pacific Map and the aviation art by American Stan Stokes. Be sure and check out the Honor Wall showing our docent veterans!

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Amazing day watching the Nighthawk arrive!
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