|Bob was waiting at the Palm Springs Air Museum door to greet us.|
CNN Travel named Palm Springs Air Museum one of the top 14 aviation museums in the country with it's three hangars displaying aircraft from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The first stop for our visit today was the Pacific Theatre Navy Hangar where, in addition to seeing the Avenger, Corsair, Dauntless and Invader, we saw the floor to ceiling Pacific WWII map and beautiful artwork.
|Bob giving a summary of the Pacific war using this giant floor to ceiling map.|
|The North American AT6 / SNJ Texan behind Wayne was modified to look like a Japanese 'zero' and used in the movie "Pearl Harbor". Paintings by American artist Stan Stokes.|
The first hangar also held a traveling display of Vietnam POW bracelets and a wall of Prisoners of War photographs. The bracelet of Senator John McCain was in the display.
|The traveling display of POW bracelets in the cabinet behind where Pam, Bob, Wayne and Ernie are standing. The chronological display of POW photos are displayed on the wall before them.|
|The North American AT6 / SNJ Texan trainer.... like the one modified to look like a Japanese plane.|
This McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II is a multi-service twin-engine, all-weather fighter-bomber flying concurrently for the US Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This one came to Palm Springs Air Museum in 2012 and I heard it is currently for sale. Weird... Who sells, and more importantly, who buys such things?
|Ernie, Pam, me and the Wayner with the Palm Springs Airport and the beautiful Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in the background.|
|Ernie, Wayne and Pam examine a Lockheed F-104G Starfighter with veteran pilot autographs by the cockpit window.|
|A B-25 Mitchell Bomber|
|Bob took this picture of Ernie, Pam, Mr. Flanagan, me and Wayne standing alongside this B-17 Flying Fortress.|
|Wayne, me, Pam and Ernie standing behind Chris Demarest and his latest work of art.|