Located next to the airport, the Palm Springs Air Museum is easy to find. Like most things in the area, parking is abundant, but don't expect much shade.
Looking resplendent with its toothy painted grin, this P-40 is actually a two-seater training variant.
The speedy A-26 was in service well into the 1960s. And it was with the Air National Guard until the early 70s.
Depending on the mission, the A-26 might have up to 20 50-cal machine guns. Internally it could hold up to 4,000 pounds (1814kg) of bombs with some more on the wings, if required.
Over 60 countries flew the MiG-21, and some still do, over 60 years after its first flight. This was an early "A" variant.
I heard there's going to be a "Top Gun" sequel. With all the F-14s retired, what will they use to replace its real star?
You're able to get up close and peer into several mid-century jet aircraft, like this F-100 Super Sabre.
The F-100 was the Air Force's first plane able to go supersonic in level flight.
This F-104 was built in Amsterdam, and served its operational life with the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
The F-4 had a loooong service life. With the US, it served for 56 years. It's still in service in some air forces around the world.
EA-6B Prowler is based on the A-6 Intruder, but features a longer airframe to allow for the four-man cockpit (note the aft canopy "skylight"). Both canopies have a layer of gold to protect the crew from the electronic warfare's EM emissions.
It was hard to get a good angle of this F-102 Delta Dagger's delta wing, but this shot's pretty cool.
A beautiful blue SBD Dauntless. You can see holes of the slightly extended dive brakes under the wings.
Like so many other WWII aircraft, pictures don't give a good indication of size. This is classified as a medium bomber, but size-wise it's not much bigger than a city bus. Well, a city bus with huge wings anyway.
It didn't see combat in WWII, but the F7F did see action in Korea. This one served with the Marines as a night fighter and night fighter trainer until 1956.
The third of the museum's cat trifecta, the F8F Bearcat. This examples was one of two built for civilian use, specifically the head of product support at Grumman.
Parked back inside, it seems bigger, somehow.
You can see one of the reasons why the DC-3 and C-47 were so popular: There's lots of usable space here.
A look up and inside the B-17s bomb bay. The B-17G could carry up to 8,000 pounds (3,629kg) of bombs.
After squeezing through the hatch, you've got a great look at the bombardier station.
I can only imagine the view of the sky from here.
It's a narrow walk, more of a shuffle really, to the rest of the aircraft.
There's a surprising amount of space here, though I imagine it'd seem a lot more cramped with the crew on board in all their gear.
With the "skylight" removed, and you're tall enough, you can pop up and take a gander down the wings.
The view back towards the cockpit.
Only some models had plexiglass windows here. Imagine the cold.
In this view forward you can see the top of the bull turret.
Vitally important, but what a place to be.