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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Memorial Day Weekend Is Special Time At The Palm Springs Air Museum

Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 – 4:29 PM

Ranked as CNN Travel’s top air museum in California, the Palm Springs Air Museum, located across the runways of the Palm Springs International Airport, is home to one of the world’s largest collections of flyable World War II aircraft. But, unlike many other air museums, the pristine, air-conditioned hangers of the Palm Springs Air Museum have no ropes or barriers to keep visitors of all ages from interacting with the exhibits including, in the larger aircraft, the opportunity to go inside and get a sense of what air combat was like 75 years ago. Visitors can also buy rides on several still very active “War Birds.”

The museum is also a place of serious research, with an extensive library of books and films as knowledgeable docents, many of whom sat in the cockpits of these now vintage aircraft, share their experiences.

The museum is also kid-friendly; with children of all ages using a kid-sized control tower and flight simulators.

Memorial Day is a special time at the air museum as the museum remembers our heroes. However, this year it takes all three days of the Memorial Day weekend to get through all of the events.

• Saturday, May 27 will see the formal ribbon cutting on the museum’s third hangar.  It will house warplanes of the Korean and Viet Nam war eras and is named in honor of local resident and museum board member, Major General Kenneth P. Miles (AF, Dec’d).

• Sunday, May 28 will mark the official grand opening of a special-one-of-a-kind exhibit of glider planes used in eight of the largest allied assaults in World War II.

• On Memorial Day features the museum’s Annual Memorial Flower Drop & Air Fair in which 3,000 red and white carnations drop from a vintage airplane commemorating those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The event includes flight exhibitions, music, children’s activities and food vendors. A Beer Garden area will be available for those 21 and over. Visitors may take home a carnation after the drop.

More information is available at 760-778-6262.

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The always eagerly anticipated Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced the dates of its 29th anniversary edition: Jan 2-25, 2018.

The festival will begin on Jan. 2 with the black tie, star-studded, red carpet Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The screening portion of the festival will run Thurs., Jan. 4 through Mon., 15th, with the Opening Night screening taking place at Palm Springs High School’s state-of-the-art Richards Center for the Arts. It will be followed by a party at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

The festival will close on Sun, Jan. 14 with the Best of the Festival screenings taking place on Mon. 15.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America welcoming approximately 135,000 attendees.

Additional information about the film festival will be available in this column throughout the year. But, first things first: It’s time to begin looking for a new gown.


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