Monday, March 2, 2015

The Unveiling of the P51 Mustang



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Friday evening  was another highlight of our time in the California Desert. The event took place at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

This was the view when we walked in the hanger. Certainly different than yesterday.

Our table was at the tail of the plane where that red chair is.


Never having been to an "event" like this before, we didn't know what to expect. But Joan and her husband, from Minnesota, who were also seated at our table, made us feel very comfortable. 
The food was catered and very elegant with blue lights shining through the glass. The two choices were fillet Mignon bits served over mashed potatoes topped with grilled onions, or macaroni and cheese topped with finely chopped tomatoes, green onions, and topped with horseradish....both options were served in what I was told were martini glasses. It was interesting to see how they put the mashed potatoes in the glass.They used a piping bag. I had the fillet Mignon and Joe chose the macaroni and cheese minus the horseradish
Servers were constantly coming around offering us various  hors d'oeuvres including mini lobster rolls, goat cheese on a little cracker and mini appetizers on a skewer.
Before the evening was over, Joe had an opportunity to meet and visit with Lt.C ret. Bob Friend, one of the Tuskegee Airmen that were the honored guests. Other honored Tuskegee Airmen guests Friday evening included Rusty Burns, Ted Lumpkin and Robert Ashby.


Restored "Bunny Fly's Home to Palm Springs Air Museum This link explains why we were back to the Air Museum Saturday morning. The rain held off until the ceremonies were over.
 "Bunny" was a girlfriend of LtC Bob Friends during the war.
It was awesome to see these fly over. They made three passes and landed after the fourth.

After landing, the P51 Mustang was brought back into the hanger

There was a time of questions and answers about the Tuskegee Airmen. Saturday's guests of honor included Bob Friend, Rusty Burns, Robert Ashby and Levi Thornhill

This is just a portion of the crowd that attended this very special occasion.