Photography by Ian L. Sitren

A Big Day In Flight!

The place to be today for a number of reasons! The Palm Springs Air Museum! There will be a flight demonstration of this incredibly powerful T-28 which in some ways out performs the famous P-51 Mustang. It is a real WOW when if flies by low and fast and pulls way up! The flight demo follows a presentation on the very historic X-15 at 1:00 PM.

Then as reminded by my buddy Brian Ratliff, today is the anniversary of the first flight. Yes it was December 17, 1903 that the first successful airplane took to the air. Tell you a secret that will be unveiled next month. There is a gallery of very rare, almost unseen, photos of that first flight on display at the Museum now. A selection of prints that were created from fully restoring the images created from the original glass photographic plates. Seeing these photographs is an incredible opportunity!

And then also from Brian, today is the day that the first Douglas DC-3 rolled off the assembly line in 1935. The DC-3 was perhaps one of the most significant advances in aircraft for both the military and civilian aviation. The DC-3 in it’s military designation, the C-47 can also be seen at the Museum. Down for maintenance, it is right over in the restoration area. Big airplane, you won’t miss it! See you there today!

Navy T-28

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