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. Flight Exhibitions most Saturdays Nov - April, plus children's activities. Warbird Rides available.
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Remembering that 76 years ago the livery of our C-47 was doing paratrooper air drops in Normandy. The plane also was inv...
06/06/2020

Remembering that 76 years ago the livery of our C-47 was doing paratrooper air drops in Normandy. The plane also was involved in every major air operation in WWII including the resupply of Bastogne, Arnhem, and Operation Varsity. She flew in military service until the year 2000. Every plane in our collection has a story - come learn about the men and women that flew each of them and made history...

06/06/2020
Marjorie Snell D-Day 2019

On D-Day June 6, 1944, over 13,000 men made nighttime parachute jumps behind enemy lines, including those from the U.S. 82nd Airborne and 101st Airborne Divisions, the British 6th Airborne Division, and the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

The Palm Springs Air Museum’s C-47 Skytrain has the colors, markings, and nose art that were on aircraft from the D-Day invasion. Black and white bands can be seen on the wings, and on the fuselage just in from the tail. These D-Day invasion stripes were used to identify the Allied aircraft.

The video below is from last year (June 6, 2019) and shows Marjorie Snell, the wife of 101st Airborne Paratrooper Francis "Russell" Snell who parachuted into Normandy from a C-47 for the Allied Invasion of Europe, sitting in the same exact seat as he was in on this momentous day in history over 75 years ago.

We are forever thankful and indebted to our veterans and their families. In honor of D-Day, “What’s Up, Doc” will be soaring the skies of the Coachella Valley today with a crew in paratrooper gear. Stay tuned as we share photos from the day honoring our heroes.

06/04/2020
C-47 Skytrain Flight Experience

Did you catch our Warbird Wednesday video this week? Now, how about actually taking a ride in the C-47 Skytrain? You can! We are now offering warbird rides every Saturday in June between 8am and Noon.

C-47 rides cost $99 and can be booked here https://bit.ly/psamWarbirdRides

For same-day reservations please call the air museum at 760-778-6262. Online same day bookings can not be guaranteed.

Come fly with us!

Great national AOPA article on the Memorial Day Southern California fly-over. Thank you again to our lost warriors, thei...
06/04/2020
Operation SoCal Strong turns eyes skyward with Memorial Day flyover

Great national AOPA article on the Memorial Day Southern California fly-over.

Thank you again to our lost warriors, their families, and our essential workers.

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/june/04/operation-socal-strong-turns-eyes-skyward-with-memorial-day-flyover

Fifteen World War II-era airplanes took to the skies over Southern California on May 25 in a Memorial Day flyover led by the D-Day Squadron.

06/03/2020
C-47 Skytrain

Well hello there, it’s #WarbirdWednesday! Today Fred Bell, Vice Combat Elf, talks about the C-47 Skytrain. This aircraft was credited by President Eisenhower as one of the seven weapons that won World War II.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the museum today! If you plan on visiting, please review our new safety procedures h...
06/01/2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the museum today! If you plan on visiting, please review our new safety procedures here: https://bit.ly/PSAMsafetyprotocols

We are committed to the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers. Thank you for following our new guidelines!

Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX. Teaching kids to dream big and realize that nothing is impossible. Yeah we got that ...
05/30/2020

Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX.

Teaching kids to dream big and realize that nothing is impossible.

Yeah we got that - join us to make their dreams a reality...

NOW BOARDING! The Palm Springs Air Museum will reopen as an open-air facility Monday, June 1st. All hangar doors will re...
05/29/2020

NOW BOARDING!

The Palm Springs Air Museum will reopen as an open-air facility Monday, June 1st. All hangar doors will remain open during business hours. Free admission for children 12 and under with paying adult.

We are committed to the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers, as we welcome you back. Please visit https://bit.ly/PSAMsafetyprotocols for more information about our new safety protocols.

Thank you for your support during our time of closure. We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum!

05/26/2020
Memorial Day 2020 at the Palm Springs Air Museum

If you missed our Memorial Day live stream yesterday, here is the video of the full program. Thank you for watching and joining us in honoring all those who serve and have served our country.

The aircraft are home and the day is done. Make sure our warriors sacrifice for our freedoms is not forgotten. Make ever...
05/26/2020

The aircraft are home and the day is done. Make sure our warriors sacrifice for our freedoms is not forgotten. Make everyday Memorial Day...

The Memorial Day flyover has begun. God Bless our veterans.
05/25/2020

The Memorial Day flyover has begun. God Bless our veterans.

05/25/2020
Palm Springs Air Museum Live Stream - YouTube

Tune in today to follow our Memorial Day Program starting at 10:45am. Palm Springs Air Museum’s webcam will stream live the staging of pilots and vintage warbirds as they prepare for a short Memorial Day ceremony with Pipe Band, burial flag presentations to pilots, and take off of five vintage warbirds into the sky. At 11 am, the formal program will begin: Vice Chairman Fred Bell will give a brief welcome and explanation of the ceremony. Uniformed members of Civil Air Patrol Squadron 11 will present one burial flag to each of the 5 pilots while the Palm Springs Pipe Band plays.

For full program details and flight routes, please visit https://bit.ly/MemorialDay2020PSAM

Live Stream: https://www.youtube.com/c/PalmSpringsAirMuseum/live

Join us online as we salute all those who serve and have served our country in a momentous air display throughout the Coachella Valley and Southern California.

Cameras located at Palm Springs Air Museum If you like this view of our wonderful museum, make sure to check out our web site at https://palmspringsairmuse...

The Museum remains closed for now but we invite you to join us online on Monday, May 25th, for a special Memorial Day Pr...
05/23/2020

The Museum remains closed for now but we invite you to join us online on Monday, May 25th, for a special Memorial Day Program as we salute all those who serve and have served our country in a momentous air display throughout the Coachella Valley and Southern California.

To view the program, follow the live webcam on our YouTube Channel
https://youtube.com/c/palmspringsairmuseum

Starting at 10:45am, the Palm Springs Air Museum’s webcam will stream live the staging of pilots and vintage warbirds as they prepare for a short Memorial Day ceremony with Pipe Band, burial flag presentations to pilots and take off of five vintage warbirds into the sky. At 11 am, the formal program will begin: Vice Chairman Fred Bell will give a brief welcome and explanation of the ceremony. One burial flag will be presented to each of the 5 pilots while the Palm Springs Pipe Band plays.

The aircraft and honorees are as follows:
– P-63 Kingcobra: Cpl. Joseph LaSalle, WWI USMC
– P-51 Mustang: Lt. Col. Robert Friend, WWII USAAF (Tuskegee Airman)
– T-33 Shooting Star: Col. Robert Gilliland, USAF Korean War
– C-47 Skytrain: Maj Gen. Kenneth Miles, USAF Vietnam War
– T-28 Trojan: Col. Ross Miles, USAF Lost Current Service Members

At 11:20 the 5 Aircraft start-up and depart to fly over the Coachella Valley in honor of those who serve and served our country. The aircraft will then meet up with other warbirds over San Bernardino and fly over parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Coachella Valley Route
The Coachella Valley route goes from Palm Springs International Airport to Desert Hot Springs City Hall, Desert Memorial Cemetery, SunLine Transit Center, Sun City / Shadow Hills, Indio City Hall, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Coachella City Hall, Coachella Valley Water District, Cochran Regional Airport, La Quinta City Hall, Indian Wells City Hall, Palm Desert City Hall, Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage City Hall, Cathedral City’s City Hall, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ Tribal Offices, Palm Springs City Hall, and Desert Regional Hospital.

Southern California Route
These five aircraft will join other aircraft from the Inland Empire Wing of the CAF, Flabob Aviation Associates, and the Condor Squadron Threshold Technologies, Inc, over San Bernardino. All aircraft will then fly over the following locations in Southern California: Loma Linda VA Medical Center, Riverside National Cemetery, CHOC Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Orange), John Wayne Airport, Pacific View Memorial Park (Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend’s grave), Newport Beach, Long Beach VA Hospital, The Queen Mary, USS Iowa, Green Hills Memorial Park, Torrance Airport, LAX, Santa Monica Airport, LA National Cemetery, UCLA Medical Center, USC Medical Center, City of Hope, and finally Chino Airport.

The five aircraft will return to the Coachella Valley at 5 PM, flying over the same locations as earlier in reverse itinerary, adding the General Patton Museum.

We were able to flip the script a bit on this Frontline Friday. It was our pleasure to do flyover at the Marine base/hos...
05/23/2020

We were able to flip the script a bit on this Frontline Friday. It was our pleasure to do flyover at the Marine base/hospital at 29 Palms today. What a unique honor to be able to pay tribute to our active duty warriors. Semper Fi - if you look who is leading the way - you will find a Marine...

Go USMC! Go USMC Aviation! Go Navy! Go Naval Aviation!

It's #FrontlineFriday! Go to youtube.com/c/palmspringsairmuseum to watch our live webcam around 12:30pm today to catch a...
05/22/2020

It's #FrontlineFriday! Go to youtube.com/c/palmspringsairmuseum to watch our live webcam around 12:30pm today to catch a glimpse of the C-47 Skytrain, P-51 Mustang, and the P-63 Kingcobra departing to make Frontline Friday Flights over the Coachella Valley.

Today’s route:
Robert E Bush Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms City Hall, Hi-Desert Medical Center, Yucca Valley Town Hall, and Desert Hot Springs City Hall.

#FrontlineHeroes #Flyover

#FridayFlyover route for Friday, May 22nd: Robert E Bush Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms City Hall, Hi-Desert Medical C...
05/21/2020

#FridayFlyover route for Friday, May 22nd:
Robert E Bush Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms City Hall, Hi-Desert Medical Center, Yucca Valley Town Hall, and Desert Hot Springs City Hall.

Thank you to all who serve on the frontlines!

#FrontlineHeroes

MEMORIAL DAY VALLEY WIDE FLY-OVER 🇺🇸Join us as we salute all those who serve and have served our country in a momentous ...
05/21/2020

MEMORIAL DAY VALLEY WIDE FLY-OVER 🇺🇸

Join us as we salute all those who serve and have served our country in a momentous air display throughout the Coachella Valley and Southern California.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020, starting at 10:45am, the Palm Springs Air Museum’s webcam will stream live the staging of pilots and vintage warbirds as they prepare for a short Memorial Day ceremony with Pipe Band, burial flag presentations to pilots and take off of five vintage warbirds into the sky. At 11 am, the formal program will begin: Vice Chairman Fred Bell will give a brief welcome and explanation of the ceremony. Uniformed members of Civil Air Patrol Squadron 11 will present one burial flag to each of the 5 pilots while the Palm Springs Pipe Band plays. The aircraft and honorees are as follows:

– P-63 Kingcobra: Cpl. Joseph LaSalle, WWI USMC
– P-51 Mustang: Lt. Col. Robert Friend, WWII USAAF (Tuskegee Airman)
– T-33 Shooting Star: Col. Robert Gilliland, USAF Korean War
– C-47 Skytrain: Maj Gen. Kenneth Miles, USAF Vietnam War
– T-28 Trojan: Col. Ross Miles, USAF Lost Current Service Members

At 11:20 the 5 Aircraft start-up and depart to fly over the Coachella Valley in honor of those who serve and served our country. The aircraft will then meet up with other warbirds over San Bernardino and fly over parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

The Coachella Valley route goes from Palm Springs International Airport to Desert Hot Springs City Hall, SunLine Transit Center, Sun City / Shadow Hills, Indio City Hall, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Coachella City Hall, Coachella Valley Water District, Cochran Regional Airport, La Quinta City Hall, Indian Wells City Hall, Palm Desert City Hall, Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage City Hall, Cathedral City’s City Hall, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ Tribal Offices, Palm Springs City Hall, Desert Regional Hospital, Desert Memorial Park, and the General Patton Museum.

These six aircraft will join other aircraft from the Inland Empire Wing of the CAF, Flabob Aviation Associates, and the Condor Squadron Threshold Technologies, Inc, over San Bernardino. All aircraft will then fly over the following locations in Southern California: Loma Linda VA Medical Center, Riverside National Cemetery, CHOC Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Orange), John Wayne Airport, Pacific View Memorial Park (Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend’s grave), Newport Beach, Long Beach VA Hospital, The Queen Mary, USS Iowa, Green Hills Memorial Park, Torrance Airport, LAX, Santa Monica Airport, LA National Cemetery, UCLA Medical Center, USC Medical Center, City of Hope, and finally Chino Airport.

05/20/2020
Warbird Wednesday Week 9

What in the #WarbirdWednesday world is Fred Bell wearing on his head today? In today’s video, we look at the role CG-4A gliders played during World War II and continue to explore weapon systems that have gone by the wayside.

Got a great hat idea? Email Greg your suggestions at [email protected]

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The upcoming flight plan for the Front Line Friday flights over DHS and the high desert.
05/20/2020

The upcoming flight plan for the Front Line Friday flights over DHS and the high desert.

A better picture of the police and fire crews at attention at the moment of the fly-by today. We were honoring you - and...
05/16/2020

A better picture of the police and fire crews at attention at the moment of the fly-by today. We were honoring you - and your response was touching. Thank you...

Thank you Desert Care Network for caring for our community! #HealthcareHeroes
05/15/2020

Thank you Desert Care Network for caring for our community! #HealthcareHeroes

Thank you Palm Springs Air Museum for the fantastic vintage aircraft flyover at JFK Memorial Hospital to recognize our #healthcareheroes. #HeroesWorkHere

Snaps from the East Valley fly over today. A special shout out to the police and fire crews that - were at standing atte...
05/15/2020

Snaps from the East Valley fly over today. A special shout out to the police and fire crews that - were at standing attention as we flew past thermal - in this heat. The aircrews saw you and were touched. Stay Strong!

Keep your eye to the sky around 1pm today!Today’s route: City of La Quinta - John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital - Indio C...
05/15/2020

Keep your eye to the sky around 1pm today!

Today’s route: City of La Quinta - John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital - Indio City Hall, Coachella City Hall- Coachella Valley Water District (Coachella) - Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport

#FrontlineHeroes #ThankYou

It's #FrontlineFriday! Go to youtube.com/c/palmspringsairmuseum to watch our live webcam around 12:30pm today to catch a...
05/15/2020

It's #FrontlineFriday! Go to youtube.com/c/palmspringsairmuseum to watch our live webcam around 12:30pm today to catch a glimpse of the C-47 Skytrain, P-51 Mustang, and the P-63 Kingcobra departing to make Frontline Friday Flights over the Coachella Valley.

Today’s route: City of La Quinta - John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital - Indio City Hall, Coachella City Hall- Coachella Valley Water District (Coachella) - Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport

We will be flying again tomorrow at 1pm!  Announcing the Frontline Friday Route, Friday, May 15th:City of La QuintaJohn ...
05/14/2020

We will be flying again tomorrow at 1pm!

Announcing the Frontline Friday Route, Friday, May 15th:

City of La Quinta
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
Indio City Hall, Coachella City Hall
Coachella Valley Water District (Coachella)
Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport

You can also tune in to our Live Cam on our YouTube channel youtube.com/c/palmspringsairmuseum around 12:30pm and watch the planes as they take off for Frontline Friday.

#StrongerTogether #FrontlineFriday

Visit La Quinta - California, Desert Care Network, City of Coachella, Coachella Valley Water District.

05/12/2020
SBD Pilot Leon Williamson

From the 2002 archives: An interview with Leon Williamson, USMC-SBD Pilot, Battle of Midway.

05/09/2020
Eisenhower Health

Thank you Eisenhower Health for capturing the fly-over today and sharing this video.

Thank you for your service and dedication to our community. We appreciate all our #frontlineheroes!

#Strongertogether #FridayFlights

Thank you to the Palm Springs Air Museum​ for turning our Friday into a FLY-DAY!🛩🛩🛩

Check out our video of today's flyover with photos and videos from our employees!

Some snaps from the flyover at Eisenhower Medical today. Please take a moment to thank all of the essential workers and ...
05/08/2020

Some snaps from the flyover at Eisenhower Medical today. Please take a moment to thank all of the essential workers and medical staff that are keeping us safe.

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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P-51 Mustang “Bunny”

Our P-51 Mustang “Bunny” in honor of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

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!

The European (Army) Hangar features exhibits and aircraft used by the Army in the European Theater during World War II, plus a T-33 training jet used in Korea and Vietnam. Highlights of this hangar include the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, P-47 Thunderbolt, the renovated flying Red Tail P-51 Mustang (when not flying) the P-63 King Cobra (when not flying), the Spitfire and the C-47 (when not flying, otherwise it’s out on the Tarmac). Other highlights in this hangar include the Tuskegee Airmen mural, the interactive Living History Kiosk, the large wall European Map with interactive display, the Women Pilots of WWII exhibit and the Jackie Cochran exhibit. Portions of Chris Demarest’s World War Two Journey are also on display.

The smallest hangar (entrance from the European Hangar) contains the B-17 Flying Fortress, the Berger Youth Exploration Center with fun, interactive activities for young people (including a F-16 Flight Simulator), the Gen. Ken Miles Aviation Science Center, Freedom Fighters’ Café and restrooms. Flag and engine displays are also in this hangar. Visitors can see our mechanics working on one of our vintage aircraft.

Now open is the new Major General Kenneth P. Miles Hangar, (entrance from just outside the Pacific Hangar to the south), which houses our Cold War, Korea and Vietnam War aircraft and supporting exhibits, including the new Edward and Mona Sher POW Bracelet exhibit that was in the Pacific Hangar. Hangar includes the Presidential Experience, Korean War Remembrance Wall, Ken Marts’ Presidents Who Served, the Frederick Noble Engine Display, and several jets: F-4 Phantom II, F-84, F-86, F-100, F-102, F-104 and the EA-6B Prowler

Visitors can tour the interior of a flyable B-17 and C-47 (when not flying). Flight exhibitions occur most Saturday afternoons November through May. The Annual Flower Drop & Air Fair occurs every Memorial Day Monday.

Documentaries are shown daily in the Buddy Rogers Theatre. On-going lecture series highlights the significance of Air Power and as much as possible include eye-witness accounts.

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D-DAY! Normandy, France. Dateline June 6, 1944. 76 years ago today. Starting in the late 70’s, I worked for Polk County EMS. A fellow EMT I had the pleasure of working with was at Normandy, in a VERY unique way! His name was Jack. Working with Jack, I learned his incredible story. Jack recounted how, as a young GI, he was part of an advance team that landed on one of the beaches a day before and PRIOR to the invasion. The job of this team was surveillance and forward intelligence on the conditions in the areas. Their information was forwarded to the commanding Generals to aid in planning the invasion. Jack told me they hunkered down in a hillside cave on the morning of the invasion. As the sun rose and dawn arrived they could see the fleet and flotilla heading towards the beaches. Essentially, Jack and the advance team had a front row seat as they watched the landings and subsequent carnage of their fellow soldiers down below. I vividly remember being mesmerized and in utter reverence and respect for Jack. Jack experienced a view of history few would ever know. Thank you Jack, and each and every soul who fought in the battle of D-Day!
Photos of Palm Springs Air Museum Memorial Flight launch and recovery at the Chino Airport.
Great program for Memorial Day! Thank you, Fred Bell, and all who made it possible! Can't wait to visit when you reopen!!
Past Memorial Day Air Show
Love this picture of my daughter Shannon out front of the museum. Taken just before Christmas 2019.
great ride on C47. Thanks
Meet the photographer, hear his stories
Thanks for coming this year! Here is your decal!😀
#62, Bunny, looked awesome in the skies. She is so polished, you can see the ground reflection in the sides. So thankful for the commitment of the Palm Springs Air Museum for having 2 awesome aircraft race at Reno.
I love my vintage airplanes. Oorah.