Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, CA

The Palm Springs Air Museum is like having a good buddy with a hanger full of warbirds. To understand what we mean, just consider how they run their Open Cockpit Days. At most places, Open Cockpit Day means someone pulls up a ladder and lets you lean in over the rails and look inside. Not so here. Here it means you go up the ladder and hop over the rails and sit inside the plane. In the past they’ve let you sit in an F-4 Phantom, a F7F Tigercat, a P-47 Thunderbolt, the F-100 Super Sabre, a T-6 Texan, a F4-U Corsair, an F-104 Starfighter, and their P-40 Warhawk. Sstart your visit in the Visitor’s Center. On the left is the Pacific Hanger or go right to the European Hanger. In the European Hanger you’ll find exhibits that include a World War II ready room, an exhibit on the gliders of World War II, and an exhibit on the bloody 100th Bomb Group (they sustained some of the heaviest losses in the air war over Europe).

Crossing back to the left side is the Pacific Hanger. Exhibits here include a USO stage with memorabilia related to the comedian and tireless entertainer of our troops, Bob Hope, plus a diorama recreating the attack on Pearl Harbor and a display on our President who served in the military. Planes you can find here that aren’t found everywhere – the PBY Catalina “Dumbo” seaplane that was such a relief to airmen who had ditched in the Pacific, the needle-nosed F-104 Starfighter, and the beautiful H-34 helicopter.

The 59 aircraft on display are beautifully restored. This docents are are ready to answer your questions. Warbird rides are available here, too. They will take you up in their C-47or their P-51.

The exterior of the Palm Springs Air Museum

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