Saturday, July 11th, from 10:30am to 12:20pm, aviation enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sit behind the controls of a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk as the Palm Springs Air Museum hosts its traditional “Open Cockpit” event. A free activities booklet will be available for all children. As part of a yearly effort, the “Open Cockpit” program will give visitors the opportunity to enjoy an extra-special experience by being allowed to sit at the controls and pose for pictures. From 1pm to 3pm each Saturday all summer long, a selected aircraft will be opened up and made accessible to the public. In addition the Buddy Rogers Theater will play documentaries devoted to the featured aircraft all day long. Museum Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide the historical context for the aircraft. Guests are strongly cautioned to dress appropriately for climbing into the planes and also reminded not to leave their cameras at home!
Kids 5 and under get in free when accompanied by a supervising adult, as do active military personnel with valid ID including their immediate family.
Future open-cockpit aircraft available this summer will include the following:
July 18th: MiG-21 Fishbed Jet Fighter
July 25th : F-104 Starfighter
August 1st : AH-1 Cobra Helicopter
August 8th : F-4 Phantom II
August 15th: UH-1 Huey Helicopter
August 22nd: F4U Corsair
August 29th: P-40 Warhawk
Wednesday, July 15th at 1:30 PM – Children’s Discovery Series – Days of Early Flight – Meet Barnstorming pilot Roscoe Turner and Gilmore the lion (look-a-like re-eneactors)
Wednesday, August 5th at 1:30 PM -Meet Tuskegee Airman Rusty Burns
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