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.

Help us out with only $25 and learn how to fly Aerobatics! Crowdfunding takes a crowd so we ask as many of you as possib...
07/17/2019

Help us out with only $25 and learn how to fly Aerobatics! Crowdfunding takes a crowd so we ask as many of you as possible to jump on in and help our Team at the Reno Air Races coming up fast! https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

So we have a fun perk for arm chair pilots and pilots alike! "Primary Aerobatic Flight Training with Military Techniques" by Lt. Col. Art Medore (USAFR Ret). A basic learning book with hand drawn diagrams and illustrations. Go through the simple steps of Loops and "Whifferdills". First published in 1970, you do not see books like this anymore! Yours with only a $25 donation. Check it out and Thanks! https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

07/13/2019
The Fight For The Sky

Some aviation history from the Army Air Forces Special Film Project from World War II. You will see some incredible actual movie footage from the time.

"Our fighter pilots versus the Luftwaffe in Western Europe, 1945. On the activities of the 8th Air Force Fighter Command in Europe. Shows a base near East Anglia, England. General Doolittle discusses a mission. Pilots are briefed for an escort mission over Germany. P-47's are relieved in flight by P-51's. German pilots rush to intercept U.S. planes. U.S. bombers and many German fighters are downed. Shows Gen. Kepner. Fighters destroy enemy planes, transportation and communication."

07/12/2019
Around The Pylons At The Reno Air Races 2018

Always exciting from the cockpit! Going around the pylons in "Bunny" in a qualification race on September 15th 2018 at the Reno Air Races. Our Red Tail P-51 Mustang dedicated to Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend.

With your help we are racing again at Reno 2019 and flying in tribute to Colonel Friend (February 29, 1920 - June 21, 2019) Thank You! Please join with us and we have some fun perks for you. Click here... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

This is really cool! And you can help support Col. Bob Friend's favorite event. The front windshield of the canopy from ...
07/11/2019

This is really cool! And you can help support Col. Bob Friend's favorite event. The front windshield of the canopy from "Bunny", our "Red Tail" P-51 Mustang. It has raced in the prestigious Reno Air Races 2017 and 2018. We have had both of our race pilots individually sign it and have added to our crowdfunding to get us back to Reno this year. It can be yours for helping us out. Take a look and Thanks! Click here... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

07/10/2019
187th Fighter Wing

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
Test Pilot Robert Gilliland

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
Lt. Col. Robert Friend Memorial

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
P-51 Mustang "Bunny" in Honor of Col. Bob Friend

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 NBC

Luzdelia Caballero NBC

#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 NBC

Luzdelia Caballero NBC

#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.

Showing the respect of a grateful nation; the USAF "Red Tail" F-16's from the Alabama Air National Guard will do a flyov...
06/30/2019

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!

06/28/2019
P-51 Run Up - 2019 Annual Completion

Engine run-up on "Bunny" for it's annual full maintenance 2019. Our "Red Tail" P-51 Mustang will be in the prestigious Reno Air Races coming up! Flying in Tribute to the life of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend. Please join with us in honoring his legacy right here with some great rewards for your help too... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019 Thanks!

Thank You to the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce for naming us the Non-Profit of the Year 2019. We are grea...
06/28/2019

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. Following the Memorial Service, there will be a flyover with historic aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen. Joined with four United States Air Force "Red Tail" F-16's from the 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama National Guard.

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

A wonderful story from CBS LA News. Please watch and Thank You...
06/22/2019
One Of The Last Surviving Tuskegee Airmen Dies Surrounded By Family

A wonderful story from CBS LA News. Please watch and Thank You...

Lt. Col. Robert Friend was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, an elite group of African-American military pilots who fought the Nazis abroad only to face racism once they returned to America.

Thank You Desert Sun for your support and telling the story...
06/22/2019
Desert Sun

Thank You Desert Sun for your support and telling the story...

America has lost another of its original Tuskegee pilots with the passing of retired Lt. Col. Robert “Bob” Friend, a friend and frequent visitor to the Palm Springs Air Museum who died Friday in Long Beach. He was 99 years old.

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

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
Flying Past The Pylons At Reno

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

This is fun for arm chair pilots and pilots alike! "Primary Aerobatic Flight Training with Military Techniques" by Lt. C...
06/17/2019

This is fun for arm chair pilots and pilots alike! "Primary Aerobatic Flight Training with Military Techniques" by Lt. Col. Art Medore (USAFR Ret). A new perk with your $25 donation, helping us back to the Reno Air Races coming up soon. Check it out... https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

A basic learning book with hand drawn diagrams and illustrations. Go through the simple steps of Loops and "Whifferdills". First published in 1970, you do not see books like this anymore!

The Pylon Racing Seminar for the National Championship Air Races Reno with pilot Patrick Nightingale in our T-28 Trojan....
06/16/2019

The Pylon Racing Seminar for the National Championship Air Races Reno with pilot Patrick Nightingale in our T-28 Trojan. Patrick will be one of our pilots flying "Pretty Polly" our P-63 Kingcobra in the races this year. You can be part of our Team and help us get there. Check it out and Thanks! https://igg.me/at/PSAMReno2019

Thank You Robert Shellabarger for the photo. Robert was having way too much fun shooting PRS this year!

06/14/2019
Celebrating Flag Day

Celebrating Flag Day with our very own big flag waver, our C-47 "What's Up Doc?"

"In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775." -wiki

Signed individually by Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Robert Friend and Captain Rusty Burns, you can have one! Our original Re...
06/12/2019

Signed individually by Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Robert Friend and Captain Rusty Burns, you can have one! Our original Reno Race Team poster featuring our "Red Tail" P-51 Mustang. Check it out on our 2019 Reno Race fundraiser and help us celebrate the 100th Birthday of Col. Friend. But hurry, only 8 autographed posters left. 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
Tuskegee Airman Harry Stewart

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!

This Sunday June 9th at 1:00pm... Please be with us here at the Palm Springs Air Museum to meet Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col....
06/08/2019
Tuskegee Airman recounts experience in World War II and the struggles faced by first African-American pilots

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

Surrounding the 75th anniversary of D-Day, 94-year-old Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Harry Stewart appeared on "Fox & Friends" to discuss the significance of being one of the first African-American army pilots in World War II.

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.

#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
Marjorie Snell D-Day 2019

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
History of the Royal Navy: The Sun Never Sets 1919 - Present Documentary

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

History of the Royal Navy: The Sun Never Sets 1919 - Present : Episode 4 : The beginning of WWII found Winston Churchill standing alone and paying the price ...

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745 N Gene Autry Trl
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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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Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
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