This institution is totally dedicated to the preservation of the history of flight, be it commercial, military, or ... More
Pima Air & Space Museum
This institution is totally dedicated to the preservation of the history of flight, be it commercial, military, or interplanetary. The museum opened in 1976 with just 75 aircraft and has now grown to more than 250 on display. Its newest addition is the Northrop F-5B "Freedom Fighter". Be prepared to spend the entire day if you, or someone in your party, is a flight buff. Exhibits rotate, and special events and conferences are scheduled regularly.
TAKING THE BUS IS A MUST FOR US OLDER FOLKS. THERE ARE SO MANY PLANES ON EXHIBIT THAT YOU WOULD NEED TO GO BACK SEVERAL TIMES
TO SEE IT ALL. LOOKING AT THE "SUPER GUPPY" YOU'D NEVER BELIEVE IT
COULD GET OFF THE GROUND. THE BUS TOUR OVER TO DAVIS MONTHAN AFB
WHERE HUNDREDS OF MOTHBALLED PLANES ARE STORED IS A SIGHT TO
If you like planes or military history, this is a must
By A Yahoo Contributor, 7/3/08
I'm not a big fan of planes, but I knew that this was a museum not to miss. I am glad that I went there. The hangars were very well laid out. I really enjoyed it, more than I thought I would. Even if you don't read everything, the planes are all unique and interesting. The volunteers there are very nice and so informative! Kids would love this place! I recommend it!
Since childhood,my husband has built many plane models of the planes you have.
He was so excited when he had a chance to visit the museum. Just not enough time.
Wish we had spent days in your area rather than just the day.
Yes it was fun well worth the price. If there was anything negative it was the hot weather.................But that is small stuff.
Glad to find your site now My husband can show off to his friends and encourage them to come.
Thanks for making dreams come true!!!!!
I live in Tucson and get visit the air museum a few times a year. I am happy to say that quite a bit of renovation has occurred and that the place looks good. It was good weather this time of year so I didn't make it to any of the hangers besides through the entrance (hanger #1) but the grounds have been kept up and there is some new life in the fields. The civilian aircraft near the main road have left a void. I wonder what will fill it.
To me the downfall of this place is the lack of information. History on each plane would be nice. Next time I go I will take a note pad, write down the markings and look up some of the planes.
Our first visit, my partner is a real plane enthusiast. Was so breathtaking and loads to see. The weather was just right (going in October, so not so hot). So many wonderful planes, one of the highlights of my whole US trip was walking around Airforce 1, Kennedy's plane...wow, can't put it into words, to actually step foot in it, to walk around it? Being part of history..fantastic. The tram ride was interesting and informative.
We look forward to returning next time and I would recommend anyone visiting Tucson to visit this place
My grandsons loved it (ages 8 and 10). They asked to 'come back tomorrow'. This seems to be more interesting for males. My sister and I were not as interested as the men. I found it very hot outside to walk around. However, this may have been remedied if we had gotten there in time to take the tour bus. Many exhibits were in hangers which were said to be cooler than the grounds. If we had gone in Sept to May, it may have been better for us who can't tolerate the heat.
If you like history or aircraft definitely go here! We spent over four hours here and still didn't see everything. Most definitely take the bus tour through AMARC. It was fascinating. The staff is extremely friendly and very knowledgable. My 11 year old daughter loved it, I could barely tear my husband away. Be prepared to do a lot of walking and bring water. (or you'll pay $1.75 per bottle) We took tons of pictures and would go back in a heartbeat.