Disney Character Inspired by Plane in PS Air Museum
PALM SPRINGS - If you are a fan of the Disney movie “Cars”, this is your lucky weekend as Disney took their next flight in film with an animated aviation-themed movie called “Planes”. The film has ties to right here in the desert too. Families from around the valley came to the Palm Springs Air Museum to see part of the inspiration for the film. The main character is “Skipper” based off a WW2 fighter plane called a Corsair. "I just really like how propellers move and then how it just picks right up in the air. It's a miracle, “ says 12-year old Stephen Lee. "I'm here to look at all the planes. I've never been here. I just got here off a plane from Minnesota,” says ten year old Brendon Slate.
Disney came out to the museum six months ago to record sound from the plane. "They came out and took all kinds of recordings from the engines, to the wings folding, everything and then they incorporated that into the movie,” says Managing Director of the Palm Springs Air Museum Fred Bell. "It's kind of scary to here our airplane in there. It's really neat,” says Bell. He says besides the cool Disney aspect, the event allows kids to open their eyes to new heights. "This is a good thing in that kids can get involved in aviation and the technical aspects and that's not something they normally would do. It's kind of boring, dry stuff if kids don't understand it,” says Bell.
Kids climbed up the stairs and were able to sit in the Disney character inspired plane, take pictures and play around a bit. "They get to sit in it which is exciting. Kids love to sit in airplanes any chance they get,” says Bell.