Representatives from the Auen Foundation joined many other Palm Springs Air Museum donors as construction on the organization’s fourth hanger began. Three years in the making, the Kenneth P. Miles Korean and Vietnam War Hangar will house vintage aircraft and artifacts from the Vietnam, Korean and Cold War eras as well as a POW/MIA display.
As a vintage T‑28 amazed the crowd of about 100 with a fly over, Karen Miles, widow of the late Major General Ken Miles, a loyal supporter of the museum, led the beam-signing event. Other donors and beam signers in attendance included Lew and Dorothy Webb, Robert Webb, Fritz Frauchiger, Monte Marts, and Rhonda Smith. Palm Springs Air Museum Board members attending included Fred Bell, Robert Borns, Bill Bramer, Dan Gilbertson, Jim Houston, Bill Hughes, and Dr. Dave Thompson as well as museum staff, volunteers, and various community supporters. Comments were made by Bell, Gilbertson, Miles, Toni Aguillar for Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz’s office and Rita Massie for Supervisor John Benoit’s office. All guests attended a catered lunch by Carousel in the Pacific Hanger after the signing ceremony.
General visitors to the museum were also offered an opportunity to sign the hanger beam throughout the day. The following day, the beam was raised into position. The $2.25 million, 20,000 square foot hangar is 2–3 months away from completion thanks to generous support of many additional community donors including the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, the Auen Foundation, Toyota Motor Sales of North America, Mona and Ed Sher, Harold Matzner, Jolinda Parker, Phil Hixon and many others.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. The museum is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The nonprofit organization’s next fundraising event is the Palm Springs Air Museum’s 20th Anniversary Gala on Friday, February 17. For more information, visit palmspringsairmuseum.org or call 760–778-6262.