The Palm Springs Air Museum continues its Frontline Friday Flyovers on Friday May 22nd 2020.
It is saluting healthcare workers and essential workers who have stayed on the job during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The museum’s three World War II planes — a twin-engine C-47 Skytrain transport, a P-51 Mustang and P-63 King Cobra, both fighters — are slated to depart from the tarmac behind the museum at 1 p.m. and fly across the desert.
The Palm Springs Air Museum said its weekly effort, scheduled every Friday this month, is a local way to honor first responders and healthcare workers.
A live webcam situated outside the museum will capture the planes taking off and landing.
It can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/c/palmspringsairmuseum.
On Memorial Day, the museum plans to commit eight of its vintage aircraft for flyovers in the Coachella Valley in a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces. Proceedings begin at 11 a-m at the Air Museum, which is closed to the public. You can view the ceremony at www.psairmuseum.org
Although the Palm Springs Air Museum is closed to the public, A Memorial Day Ceremony is scheduled.
Warplanes will fly and the public can view the ceremony and airplane departures via the Palm Springs Air Museum’s webcam, online at PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org
MEMORIAL DAY, MONDAY MAY 25TH
Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th, 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 a-m the 5 warplanes will rev their engines and fly over the Coachella Valley and beyond in honor of those who 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: https://bit.ly/Frontline360
After the first flyover 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 flyover.
Photo from Palm Springs Air Museum