Inspired by the 102nd birthday of Evelyn Bryan Johnson last week, we packed a suitcase and headed into the desert this past weekend. We were pleasantly surprised that it took less than two hours to reach our destination, that parking and admission to the air show were free, and that the view was spectacular, with clear skies, warm sun, and mountains. We spent Saturday at the Jacqueline Cochran Air Show, and we’ll have more on that soon, including some amazing photos.
We spent Sunday at the Palm Springs Air Museum, and we’ll start there because that aviation museum celebrates its 15th anniversary this coming Saturday, November 12. If you’re in the area, it’s worth a look, even at $15 per person (check the website first for a dollar-off coupon). We devote this post to a photo essay that shows some of why we were struck by this museum, which includes two World War II hangars, several planes on display out front, and others in various states of repair on the ramp out back. In addition to the aircraft exhibits, the museum houses a library upstairs and a theater that shows films all day; we perused Life magazine issues and watched part of a History Channel show on the recovery of Glacier Girl, a P-38 buried 250 feet down in solid ice.
On Friday, we’ll post a bit more about this museum, including a focus on restoration. In the meantime, enjoy this virtual tour through the Palm Springs Air Museum.
Check Friday’s post HERE for more on this aviation museum (and Veterans Day), and we’ll recount our air show adventures soon!