A massive I-Beam which will become part of the new Kenneth P. Miles Korean and Vietnam War Hangar at the Palm Springs Air Museum, was signed Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 by museum supporters.
Vintage planes sit on the tarmac at the Palm Springs Air Museum Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, during a "beam-signing" ceremony ceremony for the Kenneth P. Miles Korean and Vietnam War Hangar.
Before the massive I-Beam could be hoisted into place for the construction of a new hangar at the Palm Springs Air Museum, it needed a few signatures.
Karen Miles, wife of Ken Miles – who the new hangar is named after – lead the way as numerous supporters, board members, volunteers and others signed their name to beam, signaling another chapter in the years-long process to build the Kenneth P. Miles Korean and Vietnam War Hangar.
Kenneth Miles, who is now deceased, was a major donor and advocate for the Palm Springs Air Museum.
“I know Ken would be so thrilled to see this,” said Karen Miles.
“There’s been a lot of heavy lifting. The board, the volunteers, I can’t say enough,” remarked Dan Gilbertson, chairman of the Palm Springs Air Museum.
The $2.25 million, 20,000 square foot hangar – nearly 100 percent privately funded, thanks to generous donations from Miles, the H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation, Toyota of America, the Sher family and other supporters – will house vintage aircraft and artifacts from the Vietnam, Korean and Cold War eras.
Among the exhibits planned for the air museum’s third hangar – the museum’s Pacific and European hangars feature World War II-era aircraft and artifacts – is a POW/MIA display. Spearheaded by longtime museum volunteer Dave Thompson, this exhibit will feature the 500 Vietnam era POW/MIA bracelets donated to the air museum since the program was instituted in February 2015.