Pima Air & Space Museum

We visited the Pima Air and Space Museum the end of April and the biggest problem that we had was getting it all covered!  It was a beautiful day and an awesome time!  The biggest problem that I now have is to figure out which of the many pictures to post here – I shot something over 400 of them and isn’t digital wonderful!?!

The museum is located on the south side of Tucson and it’s easy to find.  If you’re not concentrating on the exit from I-10 over to the east you might just spot the giant Guppy looming up over the rest of the planes.  I actually saw it while heading back to Mesa and just passing through Tucson, the first time I caught a glimpse of it.

The Guppy

It’s hard to realize just how big this aircraft is until you are right up to it!

I’d strongly recommend good walking shoes, a fairly cool day without rain, and plenty of time and water!  There are a number of hangars with exhibits, but you’ll want to take the tours.  The guides have a ton of information on the different planes.  Before I forget, one tour that we didn’t make is the one to the 309th AMARG at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to visit “the Boneyard”.  That’s where a large part of the older Air Force inventory goes to get mothballed or recycled.  We just didn’t have enough time!

The exhibits at the museum range from a copy of the Wright Flyer to multiple B-52s to fire-fighting planes to helicopters to space gear.  Take a look at the pictures below and then go see them!  I found that I’d rushed some of the inside pictures too much in the lower light, so most of these are outside.  However, the planes in the hangars are the best of the best.  Make the effort to go see the B-29, the B-24, the B-17, and all the rest in the outlying hangars!

F-101 Voodoo

F-101 Voodoo

F-107

F-107

F-105 Thunderchief

F-105 Thunderchief

Gooney Bird

Gooney Bird

B-36 Peacemaker

B-36 Peacemaker

TWA Constellation

TWA Constellation

C-124 Globemaster

C-124 Globemaster

Fairey AEW Mk. 3 Gannet

Fairey AEW Mk. 3 Gannet

B-52 Stratofortress

B-52 Stratofortress

B-47 Stratojet

B-47 Stratojet

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