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Date of visit:
May 8, 2001

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Location of Pima Air and Space Museum
 

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Site Highlights:
 Near Tucson
 Huge museum
 Guided tours
 Self-guided tours
 B29 Hangar
 B17 Hangar
 B24 Hangar
 Planes grouped
 Interpretive signs
 Carry water
 No snakes!
 

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        Route To Site
        Site Map of Pima Air & Space Museum
        The Beauty of Flight
        How these pages are organized
        Site Gallery - Touring the Hangars
        Site Gallery - Field Displays (Attack, Bombers, Cargo Aircraft)
        Site Gallery - Field Displays (Fighters, Reconnaissance, MIG Aircraft)
        Site Gallery - Field Displays (Trainers, Seaplane, Refueler Aircraft)
Pima Air & Space Museum
The Beauty of Flight
Pima Air & Space Museum ...

Entering the museum ...

Entering the museum ...
Situated on the outskirts of Tucson, Pima Air & Space Museum hosts the largest collection of aircraft that covers the period from the 1930s to the present.

The field displays are grouped by plane category and allows the visitor to experience the many varieties of aircrafts that were deployed either in national service or as warbirds. Many are meticulously restored (although not operational) and show the evolutionary stages from piston engines to jet.

Organization of these pages
The aircraft on display at Pima provide few details on the specific plane other than name, type, manufacturer and years of operation. The notable exception being the four hangars which display faithfully restored aircraft and their battle history.

The visitor to Pima, unless escorted on a guided hangar or tram tour, is left on their own to understand and interpret the many aircrafts on display. That in itself is not that detrimental to the enjoyment of the tour ... allowing each vistor to touch and feel, probe and inspect, and marvel at each aircraft's design and function up close and personal. To marvel on the mechanics of flight ... to imagine its performance in combat or service ... to be "one with the pilot" as they maneuver through the skies.

American creativity, ingenuity, and technological prowness is on display and each visitor should walk away from this museum with full admiration of the many who served and protected the skies.

Little needs to be added to simply see and enjoy the aircraft on display. Our galleries will simply present the aircraft on display with little or no additional explanation.

This initial page is devoted to the three major hangars: the B17 Hangar, the B24 Hangar and the B29 Hangar. The linked pages below (three in total) are devoted to groups of aircraft on the field and are:

        Attack, Bombers and Cargo Aircraft
        Fighters, Reconnaissance and MIG (Russian) Aircraft
        Trainers, Seaplane, Refuelers and Other Aircraft

 
 
Site Gallery - Touring the Hangars
 
B17 Hangar
( 390th Memorial Museum )
At the B17 Hangar ... At the B17 Hangar ... At the B17 Hangar ...
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At the B17 Hangar ... At the B17 Hangar ... The numbers tell the story ...
Mission chart ... The B17  ... Bombing Schweinfurt Ball Bearing factory ...
B24 Hangar
At the B24 Hangar ... At the B24 Hangar ... At the B24 Hangar ...
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At the B24 Hangar ... At the B24 Hangar ...  
B29 Hangar
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At the B29 Hangar ... At the B29 Hangar ... At the B29 Hangar ...
At the B29 Hangar ... At the B29 Hangar ... At the B29 Hangar ...
At the B29 Hangar ...  
 
 
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