Photography by Ian L. Sitren

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Takeoffs

Some of the fun I get to have with the Palm Springs Air Museum. Worried about it being too hot in Palm Springs for the Summer? Almost 100,000 sq ft of four hangars all fully air-conditioned. You really have to come visit.


A Successful Gala

I am honored to write the feature and shoot the photographs..

Our 2018 Annual Gala was a huge success! Special guest, Motion Picture “Top Gun” Commander “Viper” Tom Skerritt punctuated the evening as we honored our Heroes among us.

Our World War II PBY Catalina “Harriet’s Chariot” was dramatically presented in lighting and staging allowing us to announce the beginning of it’s restoration to it’s status of being such a very historic aircraft and part of our Living History here at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

This center page spread from our monthly newsletter “The Beacon”, part of your Member Benefits. Please join us and visit year round! Right here at https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/membership/ Thanks!

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Wow! CF-18 Hornet

This is pretty exciting so I have to share! And I must say it is sometimes really cool being the photographer for the Palm Springs Air Museum!

Arriving approximately 3:30pm on Friday March 2nd right on our ramp! The 150th Canadian Anniversary Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet. Now this is exciting!

This very special aircraft will be with us all day Saturday March 3rd for you to view along with the opportunity to meet it’s pilot, Major Erick O’Connor.

“This incredible Canada 150 CF-18 Hornet is a shining example of the teamwork and professionalism that is embodied by the men and women of the RCAF,” said Major-General Christian Drouin, Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region, “and is just one of the many ways that the men and women of the RCAF are working to honour their rich heritage, and commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.”

Also on Saturday we have “Open Cockpit”, two programs, a flight demonstration with the De Havilland Beaver – Pride Of The Bush Pilots and even entertainment from 12 – 1 with our own Palm Springs Air Museum Bagpipe Band!

The CF-18 Hornet will be departing on Sunday March 4th. However we do not have a specific time for that as of now.

Also through the weekend, we will have flights available on our own World War II Paratrooper C-47 and our P-51 Mustang “Bunny”. Call 760-778-6262 for more info. Thanks!

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Ale Plane

I have been busy over the last few days. Here is the “Ale Plane” visiting at the Palm Springs Air Museum for the Hop Growers Of America Convention. A jet just like this one was in the James Bond movie “Octopussy“! And the serial number on this one is “007”! Top speed is 320mph, empty it weighs 435 lbs. Sponsored by Virgil Gamache Farms. Let’s raise a beer to that!


Love The Smiles

I truly enjoy seeing our flight guests coming back from their adventures flying in vintage warbirds. Brings a smile to my face as big as their smiles! Among my duties as photographer and social media manager at the Palm Springs Air Museum.


You Can Fly!

I sure get my chance for adventures with the Palm Springs Air Museum. And so many of you have asked me and now…

EXCITING NEWS! You can now fly in our P-51 Mustang “Bunny’! WOW! Jump on in and go for the historic flight of a lifetime. Listen to that famous Merlin engine roar as you climb into the sky in one of the most iconic aircraft of military aviation history. And our P-51 is even more special and historic, dedicated to the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, “Bunny” even flew in the prestigious Reno Air Races this year!

We know so many of you have been waiting for this news. Flights will be starting mid next week, December 27th. The cost is $1895.00 for one of the greatest experiences ever, “The P-51 Experience”! Please call for more information and to make your reservation, here at the Palm Springs Air Museum at 760-778-6262. You will love it! Thanks!


Chill Chaser

I do get to have fun shooting all kinds of adventures for the Palm Springs Air Museum. Amy Yerrington with the video series “Chill Chaser” producing an episode.

An original video series following Amy as she chases the Chill Experiences around Palm Springs. She is one enthusiastic Chill Chaser! We should all be like her! Our episode at the Palm Springs Air Museum will be released soon but catch the others at https://visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/articles/chill-chaser/

Brought to you by the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. Outstanding!

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Same Time In Front And Behind The Camera

Not often you will see me in front of the camera and also behind the camera at the same time. Watch for me in the red shirt in the back of an airplane, a T-28 Trojan.

Outstanding for the Palm Springs Air Museum to be featured in Warbird Digest with a great video by Air Show Vid and story by Scott Plummer about the Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival from this just past Saturday! So very much fun for everyone!

The Air Museum has been on a course to bring the best programming andexcitement to it’s guests and to share all of it on it’s Facebook to the largest audience possible. I am proud to say that as the social media manager for the Air Museum they have allowed me the latitude to really push to make that happen. And also the opportunity to create as much content as possible with my own photos and video.

So to watch for more and to participate in the fun please visit and Like the Facebook page for the Palm Springs Air Museum. Thanks!


Your Flight Has Arrived

I am always hearing how “jealous” my friends of how much fun I have been having. Photographing and video shooting around these great aircraft. And flying too! Well here is your chance… You can fly too, starting right now today at the Palm Springs Air Museum

Come on out and get on board for a one of a kind flying experience in the World War II Michell Bomber B-25 “Executive Sweet”! Today Friday Nov 17th starting at 12:30 this afternoon. In the air you will have the chance to check it all out from the tail to the gun positions, the gun turret, right behind the pilots and in the bombardier nose. How cool is that! $425 makes it the best first class flight ever. And Veterans get a $50 discount! Call 805-377-2106 for info and to book your flight. But wait!!!

There is more! You can also fly tomorrow Saturday November 18th during our huge Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival and on Sunday the 19th too.

Our annual Props and Hops Festival here at the Palm Springs Air Museum is the best Craft Beer Festival ever! You can fly in our World War II D-Day C47 “What’s Up Doc?”! Book your flight in advance for Saturday and get free entrance to the Festival. That is a $40 discount! Book online at http://palmspringspropsandhopsfestival.com/

You can also buy your Festival tickets online in advance and save $5 and watch all the flying. But still a great deal at $45 at the door. Both include eight four-ounce beer tastings! http://palmspringspropsandhopsfestival.com/

Saturday there will be plenty of flying to watch with our awesome P-51 Mustang “Bunny”, the T-28 Trojan, the B-25, and the C-47. You can take to the air in an open cockpit Stearman Biplane too. So much fun! Call 760-778-6262 to save your flight!

The outstanding breweries here will be Absolution, Ballast Point, Belching Beer, Boochcraft Komchaka, Bootleggers, Charlies Beer, Coachella Valley Brewing, Drakes, Fig Mountain, Firestone Walker, Hangar 24, King Harbor, Lagunitas, La Quintas, LQ Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Refuge, Rowdy’s, SLO Brew, Stone Church, Thorn Street, and Washington Gold Cider!

Food vendors are In-n-Out Burger, Gs Taco Spot on Wheels, Knights of Columbus Pizza and Cone Zone. Entertainment provided by David Macias, Skitzo Attack, and DJ Alex Harrington, voted Best Club DJ 2016.
The 2017 Palm Springs Props and Hops Beer Festival will take place inside the new Gen. Miles Korea and Vietnam Hangar and on the tarmac at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California from Noon to 5pm.

Thanks to a generous sponsorship by Hot Purple Energy this event is a fundraiser for Palm Springs Air Museum to help preserve vintage aircraft and history. Additional sponsor is Palm Springs Life. And Thank You to our Media Sponsor KMIR!

Buy your Tickets Now and more info at http://palmspringspropsandhopsfestival.com/


Yes You Can Fly!

Yes you can fly! Flying season starts on Saturday November 4th! Take to the skies in a classic and beautiful Boeing Stearman biplane trainer. The military training aircraft of the 1930’s and 1940’s. This is a real flight experience for you or as gift to someone. On Saturdays at the Palm Springs Air Museum where I do the photography, video, Social Media Manager and handle special projects. Stearman biplane flights only $175! Call in to hold your spot at 760-778-6262. Now that is fun!


Props & Hops

Great seeing my photographs for the Palm Springs Air Museum getting in the right places…

Thank You Palm Springs Life Magazine for having us front page! Yes our huge Props & Hops Craft Beer Fest is coming up fast on Saturday, November 18th! Check it all out and buy your tickets now at http://palmspringspropsandhopsfestival.com

What do you get here that you do not get anywhere else? Airplanes flying and airplane rides! Flight demonstrations through the day including our P-51 Mustang “Bunny”! And you can fly in a World War II B-25 Mitchell Bomber, a DC-3 early passenger plane and a Stearman BiPlane trainer! Buy yourself a flight on one or all three!

Over 20 Craft Beer breweries will be here for your tasting enjoyment! Food from In-N-Out Burger, G’s Taco Spot on Wheels, Knights of Columbus Pizza and more, David Macias Music and DJ Alex Harrington! This is going to be fun! Thanks!

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Splash House 2017 After Parties

One of the biggest Summer events right here in Palm Springs, Splash House! A rockin’ hard three days of pool parties at three great hotels and two after parties at the Palm Springs Air Museum. And who is the photographer for the Palm Springs Air Museum… ME! And who was at both Splash House After Parties this weekend with a few thousand good looking people having great fun… ME! Outstanding!


The Very First!

The very first of a new monthly feature in the “Palm Canyon Paradise” newspaper! Brought to you by the publisher of the long running “The Sun Runner” with a print edition circulation of over 50,000. The “Palm Canyon Paradise” will cover the Coachella Valley. The monthly feature written and photographed by me! Great Fun and Thanks!

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Coachella Rocks At The Air Museum!

In the Los Angeles Times, just yesterday. April 12 2017. Such a great place to visit and my personal and professional interest and photographic avocation. Some highlights from the story at “Coachella’s second hottest ticket? The Palm Springs Air Museum“…

“The Palm Springs Air Museum has emerged as the (second) hottest ticket in town during Coachella week, on the strength of two massive off-site, Goldenvoice-sanctioned concerts held amid the vintage aviation equipment and military artifacts.”

“This is going to expose the museum to a lot of folks who would probably seldom come in here,” said Fred Bell, the museum’s managing director. “It’s an industrial setting that lends itself to these kind of events, and if it gets some people interested in airplanes, it’s a win-win.”

“The museum, which opened in 1996, first dipped into the Coachella-crowd scene last year when it hosted an event for Splash House, a Goldenvoice-presented, EDM-focused multi-site festival that proved music fans do have an interest in Palm Springs attractions beyond the polo fields and the hotel pool. “That was super positive for us. We’re a museum of living history. We’re not out to just teach historical facts,” Bell said.”

“Fans who come back for some non-music programming on April 22 can even take a spin a Vietnam War-era attack helicopter (they can’t drop you off at the festival, alas, much as it would be nice to skip the Coachella lines in a Cobra AH-1F Bell).”

Makes it my kind of place for sure! Hope to see more of you there and please visit and like the Museum Facebook page for more of my photography and video clips! Thanks!

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Flying Corsair

Great fun yesterday watching this World War II F4U Corsair take to the air and do flybys. Always any aviation enthusiasts favorite airplane. And to see it fly close up is just fantastic. At the Palm Springs Air Museum.

By the way this plane has the distinction of being the oldest air worthy Corsair. It arrived in San Diego and was assigned to Navy Squadron VF84 in 1943. Thanks Planes of Fame for bringing it on out!

 

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A Real Honey!

Went looking to make some new friends with my Hasselblad camera this afternoon. Met this cool guy with quite the buzz on. A real honey!

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That Palm Springs Sun

Modernism Week Palm Springs is coming up. What will you be wearing? The feel of that Palm Springs sun is like no other. Ask Séverine as she stood in front of my camera out by the pool.

Makeup and styling by the ever “Mod” Blanche LeBeau. Hasselblad digital camera system and Broncolor lighting. So Good!

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Air Museum Snow Christmas

It was one beautiful day yesterday to be at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Snow on the mountains too making for a great view outside the hangars. I will be back there again on Monday. Until then… Merry Christmas!

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Christmas In Palm Springs

So you have those kids in town for Saturday, the day before Christmas. Those kids from about 3 years old to about 103 years old, like me! The weather is rain and wind, so where do you go for a great time indoors? The Palm Springs Air Museum! Two huge hangars filled with beautifully restored aircraft and surrounded by endless displays of memorabilia and history. Flight simulators and even tours inside a huge World War II B-17, four engine bomber. From 10:30 – 12:30 you can even find yourself sitting in the cockpit of an F7F Tigercat. Too much fun which is why I am always shooting photos there! Ho Ho Ho!

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Up It Goes!

Yesterday was the Beam Raising & Signing at the Palm Springs Air Museum for the new Kenneth P. Miles Korea and Vietnam Hangar. It will celebrate the history, personal stories, artifacts and aircraft from those eras and times.

In attendance were many of the heroes of those years, including the Veterans who flew the aircraft you see at the Museum and destined to have a new home in that hangar. Signers of the beam being raised and put into position for the years and decades ahead. And I am so very excited and humbled to not only have been there but to have signed it as well. Wow! Thank You!

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Flying Santa

Santa arrived at the Palm Springs Air Museum in true aviator style. He even arranged for snow for all the kids (and maybe some grownups too). He will be flying back in today, Sunday, at 11:00 AM sharp so get on out there. You can even sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Christmas. And no age restriction! Be there!

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Up Close

Like nowhere else, you get up close at the Palm Springs Air Museum. That is where you find me with my favorite Hasselblad cameras. The cameras that orbited the Earth and went to the Moon.

This plane coming in from a flight demonstration is the North American Aviation T-28 Trojan… I have been told that it, in many ways, actually outperforms the famed P-51 Mustang of World War II. The T-28… “a basic trainer that was ordered in four advanced versions, the T-28A for the U.S Air Force and T-28B and T-28C, by the U.S. Navy, with the latter version designed for carrier training operations and the AT-28D. It was the first trainer designed to transition pilots to jet aircraft. In its second life, the AT-28D was used in counterinsurgency missions and later as a ground-support fighter in Southeast Asia. It’s a remarkably strong, fast, and capable airplane, and the big Wright radial engine makes that wonderful music that only a round engine can. The Trojan was the first American fixed wing attack aircraft lost in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.”

Specifications and Performance –
T-28B Engine:
 One, Wright Cyclone R-1820-86 radial piston Engine. Horsepower: 1,425 hp., at sea level with auxiliary supercharger. Dimensions:Wing Span: 40.1. Length: 33 ft., Height: 12.8 ft., Weight Empty: 6,424 lbs. Maximum Speed: 343 mph Service Ceiling: 35,500 ft.”

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Skyward!

I was at the Palm Springs Air Museum the other day and all the talk is the excitement of flying again for this season! This is a flying museum along with all kinds of great programs. You can watch historic aircraft take to the skies, sit in cockpits and see incredible one of a kind programs. Yes and you can fly too! Check it all out on the Palm Springs Air Museum website here at http://palmspringsairmuseum.org

And you will see me there with my favorite Hasselblad cameras. Hasselblad cameras were the choice for NASA taking into Space and to the Moon. So my first choice too!

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F-102 Restoration

The restoration crew at the Palm Springs Air Museum are nothing short of magicians. This F-102 “Delta Dagger” sat in a forest for 40 years. This entire rear section has been re-created from jigs and templates that were 3-D printed from a survey of an intact F-102. Standing next to it up close made me think two things… First, now it almost looks like it just rolled off the assembly line. Second, it is a much bigger aircraft than I had realized. Especially having seen it on a truck when it first arrived at the Museum some time back.

The Convair F-102 “Delta Dagger” was the Interceptor that served as the backbone of the United States Air Force. It entered service in 1956 and 1,000 were built, designed to intercept invading Soviet strategic bomber fleets during the Cold War. In various versions, it had a top speed of Mach 1.22 and a service ceiling of 56,000 ft. The F-102 served in Vietnam, flying fighter patrols and serving as bomber escorts, finally retiring from USAF service in 1976. There are no flying F-102s in existence today.

By the way, The first operational service of the F-102A was with the 327th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at George Air Force Base, near Victorville, right here in Southern California in April 1956. I am looking forward to seeing the completion of this F-102 and it making it’s permanent home not far from it’s beginnings. Very exciting!

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Before Photo Courtesy of the Palm Springs Air Museum