During a Thanksgiving holiday visit to relatives in Palm Desert I was able to visit the Palm Springs Air Museum which it was pointed out is considered one of the top 14 Air Museums in the world according to CNN. Just a side note, admission was quite reasonably priced at $18 for general admission, and $16 for 65 and older.

This Douglas C-47/DC-3 Skytrain (Dakota) displayed at the Palm Springs Air Museum

This Douglas C-47/DC-3 Skytrain ( Dakota ) is one of several planes that the public can ride for a extra fee.

Silent Wings Exhibit at the Palm Springs Air Museum

The underbelly of the Douglas C-47/DC-3 Skytrain (Dakota)

The up close view of the underbelly of the Douglas C-47/DC-3 Skytrain ( the Dakota in British RAF service )

The F-84 Thunderstreak Static sits in the jets hanger of the Palm Springs Air Museum.

The F-84 Thunderstreak Static is one of the jets in the Korea/Vietnam hanger.

The Republic F-105 Thunderchief sits on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Republic F-105 Thunderchief with armament door open showing the M61 Vulcan 20 mm cannon which could fire up to 6,000 rounds per minute.

Propellers of Grumann F8F Bearcat

Straight on view of Grumann F8F Bearcat

Curtiss P40 Warhawk displayed in Palm Springs Air museum.

The Curtiss P40 Warhawk painted with Shark teeth on the nose of the plane.

The Grumman F7F Tigercat at the Palm Springs air museum.

A Grumman F7F Tigercat with a King of the Cats logo on it’s side. The F7F was the first twin engine fighter to be deployed by the US Navy.

A yellow tailed North American AT-6/SNJ Texan sits in the Pacific hanger of the Palm Springs air museum.

This “yellow tailed” North American AT-6/SNJ Texan is a single engine trainer aircraft with more that 15,000 produced during it’s production cycle.

North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber on display at the Palm Springs air museum.

The North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber was introduced in 1941 and is named in honor of  Major General William “Billy” Mitchell, a pioneer of US military aviation.

North American P-51 Mustang "Bunny" sits at the edge of the hanger ready to fly - Palm Springs air museum.

The North American P-51 Mustang “Bunny” sits at the edge of the European hanger and is in flying condition after a renovation in 2014.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Miss Angela” displayed in the Palm Springs Air Museum - Palm Springs, California

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Miss Angela” takes up almost the entire hanger it occupies.

A shiny surface? Time for a reflection selfie.

Cockpit of B-17 bomber on display at Palm Springs Air Museum.

The cockpit is one of the more spacious areas of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. While the B-17 seemed quite large will standing outside viewing it, the plane was quite cramped while climbing through.

Mountain Vista Golf Club at Sun City Palm Desert, California

The clouds and palm trees reflect off the water by the 1oth hole of the San Gorgonio course of the Mountain Vista Golf club at Sun City Palm Desert.

Dark clouds over electrical transmission lines in the California desert.

A striking contrast between the Sunlight on the high powers lines and the dark clouds over the mountains of the California desert.

Sunny skies and dark clouds in the California desert.

Sunny weather, and dark cloudy weather in the California desert brought November snow to the higher elevations.

Take off from Ontario airport aboard a Southwest Airlines jet.

To continue the aircraft theme of this post, here is the takeoff of our return flight home from Ontario airport abroad a Southwest airlines flight. An early season cold weather system left snow on the San Gabriel Mountains and Mount San Antonio which is covered by the clouds.

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