Visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum

November 24, 2022

I am a person that hopes there are no wars and conflicts, but have such a fascination with military technology and air superiority! It started as a kid when one of my uncles took me to the Museum of Flight in Seattle and was an avid fan of comic books and aviation. I dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot as a kid, and being color blind definitely killed that dream swiftly.

Photo of F-14 Tomcat on the runway with mountains in the background
F-14 Tomcat AKA the plane from Top Gun

Fast forward to today and I still find a lot of inspiration through R&D and technology. I take a lot of inspiration from Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks program and Kelly Johnson, the long time head of the secret division that created aircraft such as the U2 Spy Plane, SR-71 Blackbird (AKA the jet the X-Men fly in), and the F-117 Nighthawk. I went to the Palm Springs Air Museum this week, which had one of the 59 ever constructed on display.

F-117 Nighthawk in the hanger

If you're not familiar with the Nighthawk it probably looks like a Cyber Truck based on it's diamond shape. There's a great documentary about the development of the first fully stealth plane on The History Channel As a kid who played countless hours of the F-117 Stealth Fighter 2.0 game on the PC, it was so cool to see one of these in person.

Cockpit controls of the stealth fighter
UI controls of the Nighthawk

If you ever find yourself in Palm Springs and like museums or aviation, I recommend visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum.

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