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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03/31/2020
Island Hopping Campaign

We're pleased to share another video from the PSAM library, filmed in 2010 as part of the Museum’s commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the ending of WWII. In this video, veterans talk about the US "island-hopping" campaign, a strategy targeting key islands and atolls to capture and equip with airstrips, bringing B-29 bombers within range of the enemy homeland, while hopping over strongly defended islands. This video Saturday programs

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Did you know that you can support the Palm Springs Air Museum with your Amazon purchases? AmazonSmile is a website opera...
03/25/2020

Did you know that you can support the Palm Springs Air Museum with your Amazon purchases?

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A gallery of our WWII aircraft on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum.  If you’ve visited the museum on a Saturday, y...
03/24/2020

A gallery of our WWII aircraft on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum. If you’ve visited the museum on a Saturday, you may even have had the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of one of these warbirds. Our “Open Cockpit” program is a way to really experience what it must have felt like to be flying combat. Post your photo in the comment below if you have had a closeup with one of these amazing warbirds!

+ permanent collection
* on loan

+ permanent collection* on loan
03/24/2020

+ permanent collection
* on loan

+ permanent collection
* on loan

03/24/2020
PSAM Education Program -The Tuskegee Airmen Story by Rusty Burns

“The Tuskegee Airmen Story” by Rusty Burns showing recently departed Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend. This video is part of the PSAM Educational Program, which is usually held at the Air Museum every Saturday from October through May.

The Tuskegee Airmen Story: https://youtu.be/JYcqJyk-OQc

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This video is part of the Palm Springs Air Museum Educational Series. Please help keep history alive by making a donation to the Palm Springs Air Museum. htt...

Featured Aircraft: P-51 Mustang “Bunny”The P-51 Mustang was an invaluable addition to the Allied cause in the latter hal...
03/23/2020

Featured Aircraft: P-51 Mustang “Bunny”
The P-51 Mustang was an invaluable addition to the Allied cause in the latter half of World War II. Primarily, they assisted in escorting bomber on long-range sorties but were also able to attack ground targets with bombs and machine guns.

Overall, the P-51 exhibited a clean and sleek design approach thanks to its choice of in-line engine. The pilot sat at the center of the design, just above and aft of the low monoplane straight-wing assembly. The distinct air scoop was positioned to the rear and below the pilot, giving the Mustang series its distinct look while eliminating drag in the process.

While the Tuskegee Airmen flew many different aircraft, it was the P-51 with which they became most commonly associated with. The Palm Springs Air Museum’s “Bunny” was painted in 2012 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.

Please help us keep this important part of history alive by donating to the Palm Springs Air Museum
https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/donate/

To our Staff and Volunteers:We are in the midst of weathering a storm. We neither caused this storm or sought it out. Ne...
03/20/2020

To our Staff and Volunteers:

We are in the midst of weathering a storm. We neither caused this storm or sought it out. Never the less, we are on the choppy waves of this sea. It is natural to be apprehensive and fearful. The way forward is fogged by the unknown. If I can, I want to offer you solace in the that we are a great family. Tethered by the common love of a dream. That dream is the Palm Springs Air Museum. In the past, we have faced uncertainty and nearly fell into the abyss from the loss of our Founder. Despite that and many other challenges, we fought back from the brink of that chasm to become one of the premier facilities in the Country. We did this not by boast, or over-confidence. It was accomplished by hard work and a steely refusal to yield in the pursuit of that dream.

We represent the duty, honor, and sacrifice of our warriors that faced hardships well beyond this current fight. It is incumbent on us to take up this fight with the same vigor and sacrifice our warriors have displayed in the face of adversity since the founding of our Republic. Now as we face this new challenge, it is incumbent on all of us to face this storm with the same resolve and determination we have shown in the past. Will the road ahead be easy? I would be foolish to tell you that it will. But whatever challenge we may face I am confident that we will overcome it together – as a family. As a family that has had its strength tested time and time again and prevailed.

As we navigate the way forward we will need each of you. In the coming weeks, as the situation becomes more clear, expect we will be reaching out to light this dark road. In the meantime, be safe and take care of yourselves.

“All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.” – Winston Churchill

May God Bless each of you, your families, and our great nation.

Fred Bell
Vice Chairman

Palm Springs Air Museum's cover photo
03/17/2020

Palm Springs Air Museum's cover photo

The Palm Springs Air Museum will be temporarily closed due to the risk posed by the Coronavirus. The closure is effectiv...
03/17/2020

The Palm Springs Air Museum will be temporarily closed due to the risk posed by the Coronavirus. The closure is effective starting March 18th and we hope to reopen on April 6th. The decision comes in accordance with guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health.

If you had a ride booked on one of our warbirds, you will be contacted for a refund or to reschedule.

Please watch for updates on our social media or sign up for our email list http://bit.ly/PSAMemailupdates

Dear Valued Guest, As an update to yesterday's communication, the Palm Springs Air Museum is committed to the health and...
03/13/2020

Dear Valued Guest,

As an update to yesterday's communication, the Palm Springs Air Museum is committed to the health and safety of our visitors, members, docents, and staff. Our four hangars' doors will be fully open, allowing for increased ventilation and plenty of space to see the aircraft on display. Hand sanitizer dispenser units are located at the entrance and in each hangar.

Out of an abundance of caution, walk-in exhibits B-17 and C-119 and the Library will be closed until further notice.

In addition, we have increased our regular disinfection of common surfaces using a hospital-grade disinfectant to an hourly rotation. We have contracted with a professional service to disinfect the restrooms and all flat services daily after we close.

All employees and docents have been instructed in the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC, WHO and the Riverside County Department of Health, as outlined below:

1. Refrain from hugging and handshaking. Greet people without bodily contact. Six feet social distance is recommended.

2. Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds (sing happy birthday, which should take the allotted amount of time). Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.

3. If feeling unwell, monitor your temperature. Fever is the most commonly reported first symptom of the disease. Please stay home if you think you are getting sick.


Everyone should endeavor to protect themselves by embracing the measures listed above.

As always, it is important to take care of yourself and support your immune system. Eat and sleep well, and enjoy the sunshine.

Thank you for your kind attention.


Fred Bell
Vice Chairman
Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum remains open but as a precaution, we are canceling our March special programs.Please visit o...
03/12/2020

The Palm Springs Air Museum remains open but as a precaution, we are canceling our March special programs.

Please visit our website for our latest COVID-19 Coronavirus safety measures.

For more information, go to: https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/covid-19-announcement/

03/12/2020
T-33 Shooting Star Jet Warbird Ride

Don’t take it from us, hear what the warbird experience is like from one of our visitors! Thank you, Brad, for visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum and sharing your T-33 flying experience.

Warbird Rides start at $99 and can be booked online at http://bit.ly/WarbirdRidesPS. Book a ride in one of our 4 warbirds: C-47 Skytrain, P-51 Mustang, T-28B Trojan or the T-33 Shooting Star Jet for an experience of a lifetime!

It’s a great day to visit the museum! Spend the day exploring our four indoor hangars featuring 59 flyable and static pl...
03/10/2020

It’s a great day to visit the museum! Spend the day exploring our four indoor hangars featuring 59 flyable and static planes on display. Take a moment to chat with some of our docents, many of them actually flew these planes and served on the ships. Make sure to stop by the library upstairs and take a turn at our flight simulators, or stop by the Buddy Rogers museum for documentaries shown daily. We look forward to seeing you!

Learn more about our museum by visiting psam.org.

Today, on #InternationalWomensDay, we honor and recognize three of our 2020 Annual Gala Honorees:Lt. General Stayce Harr...
03/08/2020

Today, on #InternationalWomensDay, we honor and recognize three of our 2020 Annual Gala Honorees:
Lt. General Stayce Harris USAF (Ret)
LCDR Mary “Hacksaw” Ruttum, USN (Active Duty)
Dr. Rhea Seddon, NASA astronaut, physician, author
Thank you for your service!

Lt. General Stayce Harris USAF (Ret) is Inspector General of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, DC. She reports to the Secretary & Chief of Staff of the Air Force on matters re: Air Force effectiveness, efficiency, & the military discipline of active duty, Air Force Reserve & Air National Guard forces. She received a commission in the Air Force through USC’s Air Force ROTC program. She served on active duty until joining the Air Force Reserve in 1991. She holds several degrees, has received numerous awards, and has commanded an airlift squadron, an expeditionary operations group, an air refueling wing, & a numbered air force.

LCDR Mary “Hacksaw” Ruttum, USN (Active Duty) majored in Systems Engineering & graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2010. After earning her wings in 2012, she flew F-18s. After graduating from the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, TOPGUN, she transitioned to the Joint Strike Fighter program and piloted F-35C aircraft. Her job at VFA-125 was to transition the first Navy squadron (VFA-147) from F-18Es to F-35Cs and to train the first Category 1 pilots coming from T-45s to fly the F-35C. She then joined the Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific. Her job now is to train that first fleet squadron (VFA-147) and prepare them for their first combat deployment.

Dr. Rhea Seddon, NASA astronaut, physician, author is a surgeon by training. She was selected as one of the first women astronauts in 1978. During her 19 years with NASA she flew on three Space Shuttle missions for a total of 30 days in space. Since her spaceflight career, Dr. Seddon has been a healthcare executive, an entrepreneur, an award-winning author and a successful public speaker. Most recently she served as president of a large charitable organization. She was the eighth woman inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. She is married to fellow astronaut, Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson and they have three “Astrotots’’.

Open cockpit in our Supermarine Spitfire today Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm! This is an incredible opportuni...
03/07/2020

Open cockpit in our Supermarine Spitfire today Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm! This is an incredible opportunity to sit in the cockpit of the British fighter aircraft that is a hero of the Battle of Britain and featured in the motion picture “Dunkirk”.

Stay for a special day with a Canadian Military Tribute starting at 11 am and followed by a flight demonstration of the Beech Staggerwing!

Open cockpit, special presentation and flight exhibit are all included with regular paid admission.

For a full schedule of the day please go to psam.org. Welcome to the Palm Springs Air Museum!

03/06/2020
Staggerwing - Palm Springs Air Museum

This Staggerwing will be flying at the Air Museum tomorrow, Saturday March 7th!

Originally used as the “business executive” plane of its time, in 1942 the US Army Air Forces ordered the first of 270 Model 17s for service within the United States and overseas as the UC-43. To meet urgent wartime needs, the government also purchased or leased additional "Staggerwings" from private owners.

Come see this biplane in action after Canadian Military Tribute, for full details of tomorrow's program, please visit https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/programs/canadian-military-tribute/

02/28/2020
100th Birthday Celebration of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend

Please join with us tomorrow, Saturday February 29th, in celebration of the 100th Birthday of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Robert Friend (Feb 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019). Our P-51 Mustang "Bunny" dedicated to the Colonel will fly along with another P-51A in honor following a special program at 1:00pm.

From 10:30am - 12:30pm, you can climb in to the cockpit of our P-40 Warhawk, another of the aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. And for a very special experience on this very special day, you can even fly in our P-51 Mustang "Bunny". The excitement of sitting in that "Red Tail" as that Rolls Royce Merlin engine starts up is one you will never forget!

To book your flight please click here at https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/warbirdrides/. Warbird rides also available in our Paratrooper C-47 "What's Up Doc?" starting at $99.00.

"Open Cockpit" in our P-40 Warhawk, special program and flight demonstration free with your regular admission.

Join us for some very special events this Saturday, February  29, at the Air Museum!Open Cockpit 10:30am - 12:30pmOpen c...
02/26/2020

Join us for some very special events this Saturday, February 29, at the Air Museum!

Open Cockpit 10:30am - 12:30pm
Open cockpit in our P-40 Warhawk of Flying Tigers fame! Climb on in and see what it is like sitting in the pilot's seat of the pursuit plane that had a 12-to-1 victory ratio over the Japanese.

Special Program at 1pm: “Murder of a Tuskegee Airman”
This is a story of a Red Tail P-51 pilot shot down over Austria in a dogfight during the last days of WWI. He was later found murdered after being picked up for transportation by two Luftwaffe officers. Jerry Whiting discusses the situation in Austria at that time and the reasons this airman and many other airmen were murdered in Austria during the final days of WWII.

Celebration of Tuskegee Airman Bob Friend
After the program, there will be a short video in celebration of recently departed Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend, who would have been 100 years old on this day, Feb 29, 2020. Friend’s family will be in attendance, and we will have a birthday cake to be shared with everyone there.

P-51 Flight Exhibitions
And, there will be not one, but TWO P-51 Mustangs in the air: Our P-51D Mustang Bunny and Planes of Fame’s P-51A Mustang. Flight exhibitions follow the program.

Open cockpit, special program and flight exhibition all included with regular paid admission.

Open cockpit in our Supermarine Spitfire this Saturday, February 22 from 10:30am - 12:30pm! This is an incredible opport...
02/21/2020

Open cockpit in our Supermarine Spitfire this Saturday, February 22 from 10:30am - 12:30pm! This is an incredible opportunity! The British fighter aircraft is a hero of the Battle of Britain and featured in the motion picture "Dunkirk".

Climb on in and sit in the pilot's seat of this tremendously powerful plane with later designed Rolls Royce Griffon engines producing over 2,300 horsepower! Imagine what it was like to be one of the flyers to whom Winston Churchill spoke: "Never was so much owed by so many to so few".

At 1:00pm join us for the special presentation “Fork-Tailed Devil: The P-38 Lightning Story”. Hear the story of the plane and the pilots that battled the Germans and Japanese to the war’s finish delivering many a heavy punch.
Presenter: Mr. Michael Carra.

Open cockpit and special presentation included with regular paid admission.

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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.

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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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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.
Anyone know what the admission price is?
I think this is Pat Nightingale in Polly during Sunday's Unlimited Silver race. Backlit through an overcast at pylon 8.
Heroísmo unido con anhelo de Paz y Libertad
A brilliant way to avoid the heat and learn so much about aviation history.
All that wonderful machinery and the fact it’s on Gene Autry trail as he’s one of my heroes!
**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Mariners Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy https://www.facebook.com/SSHMarinersGenealogy/ The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to Historical and Genealogical Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island, in New York City, to honor their Ancestors and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant, Coast Guard, and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. The Mariners were from many areas of the United States, Canada, and other countries. Some Mariners sailed from California seaports. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx Sailors’ Snug Harbor has a very interesting history. It was one of the first large scale retirement facilities in the United States and the first established for Merchant Mariners. It was founded by the Randall family whom were New York City Merchant Sea Captains and Privateers during the French Indian War and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton was a friend of the Randall family and their Attorney. He helped draft the Robert Richard Randall Will in 1801 to create the SSH Trust which funded the SSH Retirement Home. During its 140+ years of operation (1833-1976) approximately 16,000 Mariners resided there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailors%27_Snug_Harbor
Take the day and see it all! Of course, the P-51 Bunny is close to my heart for many reasons, but all the displays are so beautifully created! From all the knowledgeable docents, to the mechanics behind the scenes, to the flight line folks, to the those who oversee the operations, this place is a gem. ...And all you can learn is astounding. Oh, and don't forget to have lunch at the Cafe and eat under the wing of a B-17. They have great quesadillas!