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Palm Springs Air Museum’s Memorial Day Warbird Ceremony & Flights

Palm Springs Air Museum’s Memorial Day Warbird Ceremony & Flights is intended to thank All Those Who Serve and Served the United States of America – Plus Routes for Coachella Valley and Southern California – Brief Ceremony & Departure of Planes will be broadcast to the public via the Palm Springs Air Museum Webcam – Museum is still closed to the public due to Covid-19

Palm Desert, CA; May 20, 2020: Although the Palm Springs Air Museum is closed to the public, planes will fly and the public can view the ceremony and plane departures via the Palm Springs Air Museum’s webcam, online at

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020 starting at 10:45am, the Palm Springs Air Museum's webcam will stream live for the public the staging of pilots and vintage warbirds as they prepare for a short Memorial Day ceremony with Pipe Band, burial flag presentations to pilots and take off of five vintage warbirds into the sky.       


At 11 am, the formal program will begin: Vice Chairman Fred Bell will give a brief welcome and explanation of the ceremony. One burial flag will be presented to each of the 5 pilots while the Palm Springs Pipe Band plays:

The aircraft and honorees are as follows:

-P-63 Kingcobra: Cpl Joseph LaSalle, WWI

-P-51 Mustang: Lt. Col Robert Friend, WWII (Tuskegee Airman)

 -T-33 Shooting Star: Col. Robert Gilliland, Korean War

-C-47 Skytrain: Maj Gen Kenneth Miles, Vietnam War

 -T-28 Trojan: Col Ross Miles, Current Service

At 11:20 the 5 Aircraft start up and depart to fly over the Coachella Valley and then Southern California in honor of those who serve and served our country. The aircraft will then meet up with other warbirds over San Bernardino and fly over parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

The Coachella Valley route goes from Palm Springs International Airport to Desert Hot Springs City Hall, Regional Memorial Park, Sun Line Transit Center, Sun City / Shadow Hills, Indio City Hall, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Coachella City Hall, Coachella Valley Water District, Cochran Regional Airport, La Quinta City Hall, Indian Wells City Hall, Palm Desert City Hall, Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage City Hall, Cathedral City’s City Hall,  Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ Tribal Offices, Palm Springs City Hall, Desert Regional Hospital, Desert Memorial Park and the General Patton Museum. (Note: the order of locations is subject to change).  These locations will receive a 2nd Fly Over at the end of the day, starting at 5 PM, in reverse order, as the five planes return to the Palm Springs Air Museum.

 Link to videos of the aircraft:

After the first fly over in the morning, these five aircraft will join other aircraft from the Inland Empire Wing of the CAF, Flabob Aviation Associates, and the Condor Squadron Threshold Technologies, Inc, over San Bernardino. All aircraft will then fly over the following locations in Southern California:  Loma Linda VA Medical Center, Riverside National Cemetery, CHOC Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Orange), John Wayne Airport, Pacific View Memorial Park (Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend’s grave), Newport Beach, Long Beach VA Hospital, The Queen Mary, USS Iowa, Green Hills Memorial Park, Torrance Airport, LAX, Santa Monica Airport, LA National Cemetery, UCLA Medical Center, USC Medical Center, City of Hope, and finally Chino Airport.  After lunch and a break, the Palm Springs Air Museum warbirds will return to the valley for a second flyover starting at 5 PM, probably in reverse order from the morning fly over.

 The Palm Springs Air Museum is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and honor our veterans while educating future generations. One of the largest collections of flying WWII aircraft, plus Korea and Vietnam era aircraft, 9,500 volume Library, flight simulators and tours through a flyable B-17 are housed in 86,000 square feet of climate-controlled exhibit space.   Currently closed due to Covid-19, the Palm Springs Air Museum hosts weekly Warbird Wednesdays on YouTube.

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