January 5, 2014 - Today's adventure was to see the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, CA, which has one of the world's largest collections of flying World War II warplanes, many of which were built in Southern California.
A beautiful memorial for recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross greets visitors at the entrance.
The collection here is extensive and a list of most of the warplanes on exhibit is at the end of this page. I didn't carry a notebook so the pictures shown are unlabeled as to the manufacturer, model and series. Apologies aside, I hope you enjoy the pictures.
There are three hangers at the museum as well as an outdoor display area.
This is the B-17 "Flying Fortress" built by Boeing. Over 12,000 were built during World War II and only about a dozen are still airworthy.
The inscription of art work on military planes dates to World War I, when paintings were usually extravagant company or unit insignia. However, as the United States entered World War II, "nose art" regulations were relaxed, or in many cases totally ignored. WWII would become the golden age of aircraft artistry. Nose art was a morale booster, and those in daily combat needed that boost. Facing the prospect of death on every flight, the crew deserved all of the encouragement, and smiles, available to them.
For the real aircraft aficionados, the Flying Collection on exhibit here includes:
It was a great adventure to see all of this military and aircraft history in one location. Before the museum, we had stopped at the Elmer's for one of their huge breakfast feasts, and it was delicious!
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