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Pima Air and Space Museum
Was Visited by the Traveling Webmaster on 13 February 2004.
Pictures Were Taken And Are Included Below.

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Destination :      Pima Air and Space Museum

Web Address :      Yes : Click Here to Visit

Category :      History / Museum

Location :      City : Tucson     State : Arizona

When :      Any Year: Winter

Reason to Visit :      The Pima Air and Space Museum (PASM) features over 200 aircraft on display and has five large hangars totaling 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Pima Air Museum, is the largest privately financed air museum in existence. Its aircraft collection is one of the largest in the world.

Nearby is also a great place to look at scrapped aircraft. Tucson is home to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Aerospace Maintenance and Recovery Center (AMARC)), and unofficially as "the boneyard," as well as several private aircraft scrapyards. Surplus and retired aircraft from all branches of the service are stored here due to the ideal climate (warm and dry). Aircraft sent to AMARC are processed for long-term storage in the Arizona desert. There are over 5,000 surplus or inactive aircraft spread over 2600 acres. Some of these aircraft may fly again, and others will serve as parts source for aircraft still in active service. Others, await their end under the blade of the "guillotine," which cuts them up and leaves them in full view of the Russian satellites flying overhead to verify the terms of SALT (Strategic Arms Reduction treaties).

Tours of the facility are available courtesy of the Pima Air & Space Museum, which is located one mile southwest of the base.

The museum receives no government funds and is supported solely by gate admissions, gift shop sales, memberships and donations.

Hours:
Open every day (except Christmas and Thanksgiving Day) from 9 AM to 5 PM (last admittance at 4 PM).

Admission:
Adults $9.75, Seniors/Military $8.75, Juniors 7 - 12 $6.00 and children 6 and under are free. (Prices as of 13 February 2004)

Location:
PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
6000 E. Valencia Road
Tucson, Arizona 85706
Phone 520-574-0462
Fax 520-574-92

Gift Shop: Yes

Directions:
To the Pima Air & Space Museum:
From I-10 take Valencia Road exit east 2 miles to museum entrance.
From northeast Tucson, take Kolb Road south to Valencia and turn west on Valencia to the museum entrance.

Submitted By :      The Traveling Webmaster added Pima Air and Space Museum as I had intended to visit all along.

Visted Yet During This Adventure? : Yes

Ray Plumlee's Rating :      4 Stars out of 5.

When Visited :      13 February 2004

Ray Plumlee's Comments :
The Pima Air and Space Museum is near the governments aviation "bone yard." Is billed as the World's largest privately funded Aerospace Museum. The museum consists of dozens and dozens of retired aircraft from the U.S. government inventory. The range of aircraft include: attack aircraft, bomber aircraft, cargo aircraft, fighter aircraft, fire fighing aircraft, Soviet Migs, reconnaissance aircraft, refuling aircraft, seaplane aircraft, trainer aircraft, VIP aircraft and many examples of commmercial aircraft.

It is a great museum and is well worth visiting if you are anywhere in the area. Must See!


This is an old crane helicopter that you walk under to enter the Pima Air Museum.

This is an old crane helicopter that you walk under to enter the Pima Air Museum.



This is the sign out front of the Pima Air Museum giving their operating hours and prices as of 13 February 2004.

This is the sign out front of the Pima Air Museum giving their operating hours and prices (as of 13 February 2004).



One of my poses with a plane at the Pima Air Museum. In the background is the Dorthy H. Finley Space Exploration and Learning Center.

One of my poses with a plane at the Pima Air Museum. In the background is the Dorthy H. Finley Space Exploration and Learning Center.



Another one my poses with a plane at the Pima Air Museum.

Another one my poses with a plane at the Pima Air Museum.



Yet another one of my poses with a plane at the Pima Air Museum.

Yet another one of my poses with a plane at the Pima Air Museum.



A backup Airforce one used by President's John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

A backup Airforce one used by President's John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.



Inside view of the office area of the backup Airforce one used by President's John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Inside view of the office area of the backup Airforce one used by President's John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.



Another inside view of the office area of the backup Airforce one used by President's John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Inside view of the office area (and seat where JFK liked to work) of the backup Airforce one used by President's John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.



This view is of a seat in the

This view is of a seat in the "Little Boy's Room" where rumor has it LBJ spent most of his time with a coctail.



Here is a shot of NASA's Super

Here is a shot of NASA's Super "Guppy." It was converted from a Boeing 377/KC-97 airframe. The 25 foot diameter of the Super Guppy's "body" is designed to handle oversized loads. It's no wonder that the Super "Guppy" was named that way - they look like a huge fish!



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