The Auen Foundation

Construction begins on the Kenneth P. Miles Hangar

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.