Article first published at Calculated Traveller - Aviation Museums Around the World - August 8, 2018
“Mom/Dad! LOOK! See the pilot in the cockpit?” “WOW!”
Hands-on Daily. Climb-in-the-Cockpit Saturdays. Hear engines roar during weekend airshows. Explore four enormous, pet-friendly air-conditioned aircraft hangars housing U.S. warbirds. The Palms Springs Air Museum is a rich living-history experience for every visitor.
Get close; no ropes surround these magnificent warplanes. Fall in-step with one of 350 volunteer guides. Each love to show-off the museum’s “59,” plus visiting aircraft. You’ll hear first-hand accounts of flying, manufacturing, overhaul, restoration, and life. Each story is unique with passion and personality.
That sailor crouched beneath the F-18? Reminds one volunteer of a teenaged son manning an aircraft carrier’s dangerous launch catapult. Another recalls a parent’s job meticulously inspecting installation-steps on a fighter-jet assembly line. A third tells an animated tale of his grandfather frantically installing radios in WWII fighters.
Oh, and those pilots that look so real out front: Shrink-wrap! Bet you can’t resist a nod, wink, wave or salute as you walk past each one. I can’t.
With much gratitude to all USA active-duty service personnel and our honorable Veterans, the museum is accepting Vietnam POW/MIA bracelets for a memorial display. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to donate.
Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, California
Contributed by Adrianne Morrison of Aqua Sage Bush.