Flying Through History in Palm Springs, California
Stepping inside these hangars is like stepping back into a World War II time capsule. Located on a ten-acre site with 70,000 sq.ft. of interior space, the Palm Springs Air Museum houses more than 30 vintage military aircraft that were actually flown during the war. Many of these restored planes are still flyable, and flyover demonstrations are scheduled during weekends. Guides consist of aviation veterans who served during combat, and who proudly describe the aircraft in which they flew and fought. A favorite is the B-17 "Flying Fortress" Bomber, where you can tour inside the belly and touch the machine guns and bomber bays. Also on display are murals depicting battle scenes, maps of major campaigns, models of naval ships, military uniforms, newsreels, and related artifacts. Kids love to practice their aviation skills on flight simulators.