With the wide range of ages, ethnicities, orientations, and interests of both residents of and visitors to the Palm Springs Valley, it can sometimes be difficult finding an attraction that draws everyone in. But that’s precisely what’s easily found right next to our local airport at the Palm Springs Air Museum, a quite cool place that bills itself as “a non-profit educational institution whose mission is to exhibit, educate and honor World War II combat aircraft and [demonstrate] the role the pilots and American citizens had in achieving this great victory.”With more than 70,000 square feet of interior space, and a large outdoor tarmac adjacent to the Palm Springs International Airport’s main runway, this museum boasts multiple exhibits and about 30 vintage aircraft on display on any given day.
One of the highlights of the 2014 winter season is the four-part lecture series by popular world-renowned historian Dr. Ed Gordon. His talks are included in the price of admission to the Air Museum, and will take place on Saturdays—January 11, February 1, March 15, and April 4, 2014—at 1:00 p.m. World War II history lovers will not want to miss this.
Beside a number of informative and interesting special shows at the museum, a highlight of the winter will be the touring exhibition of The American Veterans Traveling Tribute’s “The Wall,” an 80% replica (more than 360 feet long) of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. This is a beautiful and moving remembrance of the more than 50,000 men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
So, whether you’re an avid history buff or a lover of all things that fly, the museum offers something for all ages and interests with special programs, seminars, flight demonstrations, and permanent and temporary exhibitions. www.psam.org