We enjoyed our visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum recently, where 59 flyable and static vintage World War II and Korea/Vietnam era aircraft are on display on the tarmac at the Palm Springs Airport (PSP) and inside four climate-controlled hangars totaling 86,000 square feet.
On many weekends, you can book a ride over the skies of Palm Springs in one of their vintage warbirds, including a C-47 Skytrain, P-51 Mustang, T-28B Trojan or the T-33 Shooting Star Jet.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail.
The F/A-18 was adopted by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerial demonstration team in 1986 and continues to fly today. It has now served with the team for 34 years. That makes it the longest-serving aircraft type to fly with the Navy’s aerial demonstration team.
This particular aircraft was built by McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft (acquired by Boeing in 1997), St. Louis, Missouri and delivered to the U.S. Navy.
- Wingspan: 40 ft.
- Length: 56 ft.
- Height: 15 ft. 4 in.
- Weight: 36,970 pounds (loaded)
- Maximum Speed: Mach 1.8
- Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft.
- Range: 1,089 miles
- Engines: Two General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofans with 16,000 pounds of thrust
- Crew: 1
- Current markings: 2012 U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Currently on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona
One of the most spectacular sights I saw this year was the annual MCAS Miramar Air Show in San Diego. In its 64th year, the event covers three days of aerial displays, including the Blue Angels pictured here. If we weren’t looking up at the skies, we toured static displays of dozens of vintage and modern aircraft from military, firefighting, search & rescue, law enforcement, as well as special interest private aviation.
It’s not easy getting a decent picture of screaming jets flying past at nearly 400 mph (640 km/h)!
This was our first trip to see the show and loved it. We’ll be back next year!
I’m sailing away
Set an open course for the Virgin Sea
‘Cause I’ve got to be free
Free to face the life that’s ahead of me
On board I’m the captain, so climb aboard
We’ll search for tomorrow on every shore
- lyrics by Dennis DeYoung. recorded by Styx, 1977
Saturday morning lift-off at the 6th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival. Palm Springs.
Jeff Boerboon in his one-of-a-kind Yak 110 aircraft making a fly-by of the Huntington Beach Pier at the 2019 Great Pacific Air Show. Jeff’s airplane is made of two fuselages, two propellers, and one jet engine.