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In late 1993 the idea for a Palm Springs Air Museum sprang from the imaginations of three men: Charlie Mayer, Pete Madison and Dr. Mort Gubin who agree that nothing could have happened without the many early volunteers. Charlie, Pete & Mort were conversing one day during a break in an airport commission meeting and looked out the big window when Charlie said "Why not an air museum with WWII Warbirds right here in Palm Springs?" Former P-38 pilot Pete Madison had just bought Bob Pond's home, and knew Pond had a collection of Warbirds and classic cars in Minnesota. Pond was trained as a Naval Aviator, and was known as a person who could get things done. Pond attended a meeting and declared his willingness to help. Thanks to his support and contacts in aviation, the concept moved forward. Construction started in Feb 1996 and the Museum opened to the public on Nov. 11, 1996. Today over 100,000 visitors annually tour the 65,000 square foot non-profit entity housing over 28 vintage aircraft, the Berger Foundation Youth Exploration Center, the Berger Foundation Classroom Annex, the General Ken Miles Science Center, an upstairs Library and Education Center with over 9,200 volumes (many primary source materials), a Community Room, Theater and tons of wall exhibits.  Between October and May Saturday Commemorative Programs are included with museum admission.  Temporary travelling exhibitions and visiting aircraft enhance one's visit to the museum. Past temporary exhibits / visiting aircraft have included the only flying B-29; the AVTT Vietnam Wall Memorial; the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Bob Hope Exhibit; Ansel Adam's Photos of Manzanar and the art exhibit, "Banned Booty: Passport Palm Springs" by artist Steve Maloney. The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to one of the world's largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft; and unlike many other museums, our air-conditioned hangars have no ropes to keep you from interacting with our exhibits. In addition to our aircraft, exhibits and activities allow visitors of all ages to gain a fresh perspective of World War II — the unparalleled event that shaped the world we live in.

Source and information: http://palmspringsairmuseum.org/

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