(CNS) – The Palm Springs Air Museum announced Friday that Walt Disney’s Grumman Gulfstream I aircraft will fly from Anaheim to Palm Springs in October.
“We are so happy that Walt’s plane landed at the Palm Springs Air Museum, just a few miles from where Walt and his family had vacation homes at Smoke Tree Ranch,” the director of archives said. Walt Disney, Rebecca Cline, in a statement. . “It’s the perfect setting for this incredible icon.”
The plane, also known as “The Mouse,” will be celebrated when it joins the Air Museum’s collection exhibit on Oct. 15, according to a statement from the Air Museum. It will also build a new exhibit by Dec. 5, Walt Disney’s birthday, to highlight the aircraft’s history and its relevance to Palm Springs.
The display of the revamped plane will feature Walt’s favorite seat, in which he monitored flight conditions, and a telephone handset he used to communicate with the pilot, according to the air museum.
“The Mouse” was originally designed with creative input from Walt and his wife to accommodate over 15 passengers, including a galley, two toilets, two sofas, a desk and various Mickey Mouse details.
Walt acquired the plane in 1963 and it has since carried about 83,000 passengers, including former US presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, who frequently visited Palm Springs, before it was grounded, according to the museum. ‘air. Aircraft are grounded when they require modifications or repairs before resuming flight.
Guests who visit the Air Museum will be able to learn about the role of the aircraft throughout the Walt Disney Company’s history, which includes ties to the desert.
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