Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “Veteran’s Day

Aircraft & Fujifilm Camera Gear

Really love video shot with the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm lens on the X-H1 body. This is pilot Michael Pfleger arriving in his World War II F4F Wildcat at the Palm Springs Air Museum. And then taking out the T-33 jet trainer for a taxi text run. Recently restored and getting it ready for it’s flying debut on Saturday November 10th for the Air Museum’s 22nd Anniversary and Veterans Day celebration.


Remember Those Airplane Models

Remember when you were a kid like me building those plastic model airplanes. Now we are old enough to fly in the real ones or at least see them close up. The Palm Springs Air Museum is where you will find me and get the chance to fly too, for tomorrow Veterans Day. Check it out…

Your flight is warming up! Get on board for a flight, Saturday Veterans Day, in this World War II B-25 Mitchell Bomber! Once you are in the air you will get to check out everything from the bombardier seat in the nose to the gun turret and even looking over the pilot’s shoulder. Sure beats sitting in some economy seat on your least favorite airline with a better spent only $425 to kept it fueled and mission ready! Call 805-377-2106 (please leave a message and you will be called right back). You can also fly on Sunday and next weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday. What a great opportunity!

For Veterans Day right here at the Air Museum, flight demonstrations going on all day. You will see our P-51 Mustang ‘Bunny” in the air along with our C-47 “What’s Up Doc”? and our T-28 Trojan. There will be a special appearance by a flight of six T-34 trainers too. You can also fly in a World War II Stearman Biplane trainer for only $175!

Not to be missed! With us will be a very very special guest… Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Bob Friend. A wonderful opportunity to meet and shake the hand of this true American Hero.

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Also we are dedicating our newly finished Grumman F9F Panther which was the Navy’s first successful carrier based jet fighter. For that honor we will have with us another very special guest, a man who has been called “The Forgotten Hero”, Capt E. Royce Williams! On November 18th, 1952, then Lt. Williams in a carrier based engagement of the Korean War shot down four MiG-15s. Forty years later it was revealed that all four were flown by Soviet pilots.

There will be food and birthday cake celebrating the Museum’s 21st Anniversary. So much fun going on! You can reserve your flights on the Stearman Bi Plane trainer by calling us at 760-778-6262 and for the B-25 at 805-377-2106.

Yes you can just come on in and get your flight on either the B-25 and/or Stearman. However there might be a wait for the next available seat. There are only so many seats per flight. So again try to make your phone reservations but come on in no matter what! You will be happy you did! Thanks!


Air To Air And For Veterans Day

Honoring our Veterans last Saturday flying out to Veterans Memorial Park in Coachella. I was flying and photographing from the backseat of a T-28 Trojan. And lots more flying coming up on Veterans Day Saturday at the Palm Springs Air Museum. More info below…

At the Air Museum, flight demonstrations going on all day. You will see our P-51 Mustang ‘Bunny” in the air along with our C-47 “What’s Up Doc”? and our T-28 Trojan. There will be a special appearance by a flight of six T-34 trainers too. Even more exciting you can watch and even go up in a Stearman Biplane trainer AND even fly in a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber, both from right here!

Not to be missed! With us will be a very very special guest… Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Bob Friend. A wonderful opportunity to meet and shake the hand of this true American Hero.

Also we are dedicating our newly finished Grumman F9F Panther which was the Navy’s first successful carrier based jet fighter. For that honor we will have with us another very special guest, a man who has been called “The Forgotten Hero”, Capt E. Royce Williams! On November 18th, 1952, then Lt. Williams in a carrier based engagement of the Korean War shot down four MiG-15s. Forty years later it was revealed that all four were flown by Soviet pilots.

There will be food and birthday cake celebrating the Museum’s 21st Anniversary. So much fun going on! You can reserve your flights on the Stearman Bi Plane trainer by calling us at 760-778-6262. For your seat on a flight in the B-25 Bomber call 805-377-2106 (please leave a message and you will be called right back). You can also fly on Sunday and next weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday. What a great opportunity! Thanks!


You Can Fly Too!

For all my friends who have said they are so envious of my flying in aircraft like this one…. Come on out! Info below…

At the Palm Springs Air Museum, your bombing mission is waiting for you! This Veterans Day weekend you can jump on board and take your flight in this World War II B-25 Mitchell Bomber! Put that on your bucket list at the very top!

Starting this Friday afternoon Nov 10th, Saturday afternoon Nov 11th and all day Sunday Nov 12th! The best First Class flight ticket you can buy for $425 for sure! This is a much better way to celebrate our Veterans and to participate in Thanking them for their service! Be a part of keeping these so very important and historical aircraft flying!

Too busy this weekend to fly with us.. Next weekend too! You can also fly on the afternoon Friday Nov 17th, and all day Saturday and Sunday Nov 18th and 19th. And November 18th is our Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival! So much fun going on! (Props & Hops is a separate admission, beer doesn’t fuel the airplanes!)

For more information and to reserve your flight, Call 805-377-2106. Leave a message and someone will call you right back. You can just come on in too but there are only six seats per flight and you might have to wait for the next available. But do not miss the incredible opportunity! Thank You!


War Bird Flyover

Shooting video from the backseat of the Palm Springs Air Museum T-28 Trojan. Very Fun!

On the way last Saturday morning for a flyover at Veterans Memorial Park in Coachella. Our C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”, our P-51 Mustang “Bunny” and from the Commemorative Air Force in Camarillo, an F6F Hellcat.

Lots more flying coming up at the Air Museum on Veterans Day Nov 11th and for the Craft Beer Festival “Props & Hops” on Nov 18th. Check it all out at the Museum Events page at https://goo.gl/oFKfQN


Sometimes They Never Returned

Sometimes they never returned from their missions. This bronze 1940’s flight jacket at the Palm Springs Air Museum always reminds me of that.

Today is the day we remember and honor all Veterans. They are the men and women to whom the Nation and the World turns to for so very many reasons in war and peace.

Join me tonight and tomorrow for programs at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Moments of honor but also fun and excitement as planes from our history fly overhead. Thanks! Check it all out at http://palmspringsairmuseum.org

1940’s Bronze Leather Bomber Jacket by Scott Hanson.

Bronze Aviator Jacket


Veterans Day

The World War II Submarine USS Pampanito as I shot this photograph the other day from the deck of the Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien in San Francisco. Another perspective of Veterans Day and history that should not be forgotten. Whether it was the right war, the wrong war, the right mission or the wrong mission, sitting behind a desk, under the water, on horseback, in the air, responding to a natural disaster or any number of special times in a far off land, the members of our armed services go when ordered and do their best. So on Veterans Day they all, past and present, deserve our honor.