Deserts provide great conditions for preserving planes, and this huge collection of historic planes is a Palm Springs ... More
Palm Springs Air Museum
Deserts provide great conditions for preserving planes, and this huge collection of historic planes is a Palm Springs landmark. Enjoy getting an up-close view of aerial history in huge, air-conditioned hangars, and then watch a movie in the Buddy Rogers Theater. There is a gift shop filled with airplane-themed souvenirs. Special events include air shows largely featuring aircraft from the World War II era as well as children's activities and lectures that are often presented by the men and women who originally flew the planes.
What I like about this museum is #1 the cleanliness, #2 the friendliness of the people there. #3 fact that these planes are flyable.
The only thing I don't like, which is really a minor thing. I know they don't have the room to display the planes inside the hangers so that one could get pictures of the indiuvidual plane without parts of other planes in the picture. These planes are so well cared for (beautiful) they beg for portrait shots. I did get some beautiful pictures on one of my visits. The F-51 was outside and a gentleman was in WW II officers uniform standing there in discussion with his lady. What a picture that made.
So now, whenever I'm in the Palm Springs area, I make it a point to stop in. It seems there is always something going on.
Robert E. West
I visited the museum several years ago and sure enjoyed it. Being a WW2 veteran I sure welcomed the sight of all the WW2 planes, having served in the Naval Air branch. The folks volunteering there were sure friendly and helpful. Would like to pay a return visit.
un-caring attitude of museum director Sharon Maguire
By A Yahoo Contributor, 11/3/07
On Saturday, October 20 we went to the museum to attend the presentation of the museums newest aquisition, a PBY U.S. Navy Patrol aircraft. We were told that LtCdr. Lewis Conter, U.S.N. Ret. was to give a ten or fifteen minute talk about his experiences as a pilot flying the PBY a/c during WWII. I must say here that Mr. Conter is my brother-in-law and that could but doesn't have an influence on my comments. Two months befor the presentation Mr. Conter had been asked to prepare a talk and was invited by Mr. Bill Byrns, a museum volunteer to come take part because of Conters experiences in the Navy. When we sat down to listen to the program what we got was a poorly thought out, poorly given jumble of facts about the PBY and how the museum aquired it. The speaker asked a member of the audience who had been a crew member on a PBY to come up and speak of his experiences while flying in the a/c. What he had to say was basically that he had just gone along for the ride and had never seen any action. During the speaches several people got up and walked out and if my wife and I had know the treatment Mr. Conter was about to receive we would have left in disgust. LtCdr. Conter was never asked to give the talk he had prepared (and had driven 500 miles from his home) and he was not even recognized for his efforts. Not only did Mr. Conter effect several rescue missions to pick up downed Navy pilots in the Pacific he was a member of the crew on the U.S.S. Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the past he has been asked to participate in presentations given by the museum and never hesitated to help. When Bill Byrns found out Conter was not going to speak he went to the museum director, Sharon Maguire, to voice his displeasure. She didn't seem to be bothered by the shoddy treatment given Mr. Conter. I've sent an e-mail to Maguire suggesting she apologize to Mr. Conter. I've never gotten a response and he has never gotten an apology. If you ever visit the musum be sure to ask if Maguire is still there!
We liked the whole atmosphere, the building, the collection of immaculately maintained airplanes and the kind people.
The visit to this museum was part of a short trip to various aviation museums in the States. I took my 17 year old son with me who just graduated.
Like the review title, we plan to go back in the near future.
It was very spacious. The people that work there are very friendly and knowledgable
It was very interesting to find out that almost all of the aircraft can still fly.
Very quiet and relaxing, but almost to quiet.
If you love WWII aircraft, then you simply must visit this museum to see one of the largest collections of flying aircraft in the US. The B-17 walk through is simply a must see. A real eye opener. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women who served in these machines.
Just visited the PSAM last week. I happened to by driving by and saw that something was going on. Went in to see some of the most well preseved WWII aircraft I have ever seen. They were clean and polished and some were flying that day. The people from the museum were friendly and infomative. I intend to make a special trip down there to spend the day at the museum with my camera.
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