Palm Springs Air Museum Opens Vietnam, Korean Wing

A new wing for aircraft from the Vietnam, Korean and Cold wars will open Memorial Day at Palm Springs Air Museum. Photo: Julie PendrayA new wing for aircraft from the Vietnam, Korean and Cold wars will open Memorial Day at Palm Springs Air Museum. Photo: Julie Pendray

By Julie Pendray

When Nazi Fieldmarshall Hermann Goering saw a P-51 Mustang flying over Berlin, “he knew the war was lost,” according to historical accounts.

The Mustangs were fast and powerful, and could fly six-hour missions. “They went like hell,” according to Col. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson, author of  To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace. Their success and longevity carried them into the Korean War as well.

Stearman bi-plane ready for take off at Palm Springs Air Museum. Photo: Julie Pendray.

Stearman bi-plane ready for take off at Palm Springs Air Museum. Photo: Julie Pendray.

At the Palm Springs Air Museum, you can hop in the cockpit and take a valley tour with the San Jacinto mountains as a backdrop. Or, you can feel the wind rushing through your hair from a seat in the blue-and-yellow Stearman biplane. Or maybe the C-47 is more your style.

Rides have been offered in various vintage planes throughout the museum’s 20 years. Over 40 flyable and static aircraft are housed in three hangars, as well as outside. On Memorial Day, a fourth hangar will open, honoring veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

To read my full story in Palm Springs Life magazine, click here.

Excerpt reprinted by permission.

 

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