When you land in Palm Springs, if you’re lucky, you’ll see something out your window on the airport grounds – a huge collection of vintage aircraft. This is the Palm Springs Air Museum which is located adjacent to the airport.
Housed in three enormous hangers plus a large outdoor area, the Air Museum is home to hundreds of vintage aircraft, each with their own history.
The hangers are organized by era so you can see all the World War II planes under one roof.
There are many interactive displays and a number of the aircraft can be entered to really get a feeling for what it must have been like to pilot one of these crafts.
The highlight of the museum for me was the B-17 Bomber on display which is still in service – you can even go for a flight in it. I highly recommend getting the guided tour inside the plane and getting the chance to hear the history of the people and missions it’s been on.
There is a lot to see here so plan to spend a few hours at least. Go early in the day to be able to spend some time at the outside exhibits before it gets too hot outside too.
Disclaimer: Admission to the museum was provided by the operator and arranged by Visit Palm Springs.