March 20, 2013 – The Bob Hope Exhibit at The Palm Springs Museum of Flying.

Wow, so much memorabilia under one roof, and what an interesting roof it is. With it’s 3 hangers, and outdoor area, there is a ton of space for aeronautic displays. The Palm Springs Museum of Flying houses many artifacts and replicas of WW2 warplanes and naval vessels. A truly eye opening experience.

The Air Museum is home to one of the largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft in the world. Unlike many other museums, their air-conditioned hangars have no ropes to keep people from interacting with the exhibits. This museum allows visitors of all ages to gain a fresh perspective of World War II — the unparalleled event that shaped the world we live in. The museum is dedicated to the preservation, presentation and interpretation of the Air Power of World War Two.

The Bob Hope exhibit is housed in the Pond hanger, and the best part is seeing all of the lovely mementoes that belonged to Bob Hope, as well as all of the incredible ways he touched people’s lives. There is a rare and amazing history here; Bob Hope had a very full life. He also loved Palm Springs, with his iconic John Lautner-designed volcano home; look no further then the mountains right above Palm Springs to view it. Sadly, this house is now up for sale; for a cheap asking price of 50 million.

Back when Bob was still with us, I had the opportunity to go to the Bob Hope/Chrysler Classic, pro-am golf tournament held annually in Palm Springs. What a vision, seeing him ride around in his golf cart that looked like his famous ski slope nose. This hysterical golf chart is part of this exhibit; that alone is worth the price of admission.

Bob Hope always looked like he was engaged in the moment and having great fun. His love of golf and his wife Delores were a big part of this exhibit. Delores was a fantastic cook and her antipasti salad will become one of the staples in my potluck repertoire. It is so remarkable how many United Sates presidents that Bob Hope was able to share his game of golf with including; Gerald Ford, George Bush and Bill Clinton. But one can’t forget how active he was with The USO and performing for many troops worldwide.

This exhibit depicts a humanitarian, as well as an ever-ready jokester. The photos are spectacular; Bob was very handsome in his youth. His love of state and country is very evident, but the best part is his love for his wife Delores. What a great way to spend a few afternoon hours.

Palm Springs Air Museum of Flying
745 N Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 778-6262



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