Pima Air & Space Museum

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Pima Air & Space Museum
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Established 1976
Location 6000 East Valencia Road, Tucson, Arizona, United States
Coordinates 32°8′25″N 110°52′0″W / 32.14028°N 110.86667°W / 32.14028; -110.86667
Type Private: aerospace
Director Yvonne Morris
Website PimaAir.org

The Pima Air & Space Museum, located in Tucson, Arizona, is one of the world's largest non-government funded aerospace museums. The museum features a display of nearly 300 aircraft spread out over 80 acres (320,000 m²) on a campus occupying 127 acres (610,000 m²). It is also home since 1991 to the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame.

Opened to the public in May 1976 with 48 aircraft on display, the Museum's main hangar houses an SR-71A Blackbird, an A-10 Warthog, an Air Force Through the Years exhibit, and a mock-up of a control tower.

The museum is adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), affiliated with the base, also known as the "Graveyard of Planes" or "The Boneyard", is the largest aircraft storage and preservation facilities in the world. Bus tours of the boneyard leave from the museum several times a day from Monday to Friday, except Federal holidays.

The nearby Titan Missile Museum and Pima Air & Space Museum are over seen by the Arizona Aerospace Foundation and are governed by the Board of Trustees. They are non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that relies on visitors paying admissions, for trams and AMARG tours, as well as what they spend in the Museum stores. Both Museums also rely on memberships and contracted events to pay to restore and acquire exhibits. It is located about 20 miles south of Tucson in Green Valley off of Interstate 19 and features a Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile still in its silo. Tours of the above-ground and underground installations around the missile are conducted daily. More extensive "top to bottom" tours take up to five hours and are conducted several times each month. Reservations required for top to bottom tour.

Popular aircraft on display[edit]

List of displays updated 09 April 2014, 11 new aircraft on display for 2013, 1 new display April 2014

Representative photographs
Boeing B-29 Superfortress 
An SR-71 Blackbird slices across the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains
Boeing NB-52A carrying the legendary X-15 
Super Guppy prepared for unloading at Edwards AFB 

Exhibits[edit]

Hangar 1 North[edit]

Aircraft

Aerosport Quail, Bede BD-5J Micro-jet, Bellanca 14-13-2 Crusair, Bowers Fly Baby, Cassutt Pylon Racer, Curtiss O-52 Owl, Evans VP-1 Volksplane, Flagor Sky scooter, Gyrodyne GH-50C Dash, Learjet Model 23, McCulloch HUM-1, MuCullcoh Super J-2 Gyrocopter, mitchell/Warr B-10 Bitchell Wing, Northop MQM-57 Falconer, Pacifica Airwave Model 89 Kiss, Pentecost hoppicopter, Piper J-4A Cub Coupe, Pitts SpecialS-1C, Rutan Long EZ, Scheibe III-B Zuzvogel, Starr Bumble Bee, Taylorcraft BC-12D, Taylorcraft L-2M Grasshopper, WACO RNF, WACO ZKS-6, Wright 1903 Flyer Replica

Aircraft on display in Hangar 1 North
Evans VP-1 Volksplane 
Piper J-4A Cub Coupe 
Waco RNF biplane 
Aircraft Engines
Aircraft engines on display in Hangar 1 North
Rheem S-10 
FlightWorks

Hangar 1 South - The Spirit of Freedom Hangar[edit]

Aircraft

GBU-24 Paveway III, Bell AH-1S Cobra, Douglas B-18 Bolo, Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II, Fleet Model 2, Helton 95 Lark, Hughes OH-6A Cayuse, Kaman SH-2F Seasprite, Lockheed S-3B Viking, Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, Martin Mariner PBM-5A, North American F-107A, Perier/Hummel Osprey 2, J47 Jet Engine display (On Display 2012), and a GAU-8 Avenger Gun (On Display 2012), lockheed D-21 drone ((On Display 2012), BDU-50 (Mark 82 500 pounder) (On Display 2012), YASM-N-7 Bullpup See: AGM-12(On Display 2012), AGM-114 Hellfire M36 (On Display 2012), Berezin UBT 12.7 MG (Russian) (On Display 2012), LMB-09115 7.92 (German) (On Display 2012), Vickers 303 MG (On Display 2012), CBU-75 Sadeye (On Display 2012), MARS-2 Rocket Pod (On Display 2012), UB-16-57 UMP (On Display 2012), AGM-154A JSOW (On Display 2012)

Aerial Reconnaissance
Seaplanes
Vietnam War Aviation
Thunderbird Exhibit

New: F-14 Tomcat, UH-1M Huey, NF-4E Phantom "Thunderbird 7", MiG 15UTI "Midget", Canadair Sabre, Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star (painted to portray a fictional version of the Yak-12 used in the film Jet Pilot starring John Wayne), Training Nuclear weapon on display.

Hangar 3[edit]

Aircraft

Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan, Cessna UC-78B Bobcat, Consolidated B-24J Liberator, Culver PQ-14B Cadet, Douglas C-47 Skytrain, Douglas A-26 Invader (A-26C), Fairchild PT-19A Cornell, Fairchild PT-26 Cornell, Fieseler Fi-103-A1 V-1 Buzz Bomb, Fi-156 Storch, Focke-Wulf Fw 44J Stieglitz, Globe KD6G-2, Hawker Hurricane MK.II, Mosaine-Saulnier MS-500 Criquet, North American B-25J Mitchell, RadioPlane OQ-19, Ruhrstahl SD 1400 Fritz X, Ryan PT-22 Recruit, Schweizer TG-3A, Taylorcarft TG-6, WACO UPF-7, WACO CG-4A (nose) Hadrain.

20th Air Force Memorial
376th Bomb Group
Aircraft Nose Art & Markings
406th Fighter Group

Hangar 4[edit]

Aircraft

Bell HTL-2 Sioux, Bell P-63E Kingcobra, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Boeing PT-17 Kaydet, Curtiss C-46D Commando, General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, General Motors TBM Avenger TBM-3E, Nakajima Ki-43IIb Hyabusa (codename Oscar), Vought F4U-4 Corsair, P-51D Mustang, Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Majorengine display, Naval Aircraft Factory N3N Yellow Peril (On Display 2012), Mig-15bis (on display 2012)

315th Bomb Wing
China Burma India Theatre
20th Air Force Memorial

Hangar 5 - Satellite Aircraft Restoration Facility OR Main Restoration Facility[edit]

Aircraft in restoration as of 22 Oct 2012

Bell P-39N Airacobra The wings are on and the landing gear down. More work on the underside and the nose skins and then it should be ready for paint in a few months.

Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber

The EC-121 has just been pulled from display indefinitely and is in Restoration so that we can make some repairs on it and replace the lower radome. It will be a fill-in project so it will be off display for quite some time.

The Boeing KB-50J 49-0372 They are working on it now, lots of polishing and repainting of markings and general clean-up of bird and oil debris.

The F-86E is in restoration: Right wing almost complete, started work on the Left Wing, nose section is done.

The de Havilland Vampire is (on display 2012). Built by de Havilland Australia, Sydney and delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force in 1952. 1952 Assigned to the Central Flying School, East Sale, Victoria. 1960’s Used by Telstars Flight Demonstration Team. November 1970 To 2 Stores Depot as an instructional airframe. 1989 Displayed on a pole in front of the officer’s club at Regents Park. 1994 Disassembled and moved by the De Havilland Australia Historical Group for restoration. 2004 Transferred to Historic Aircraft Restoration Society, Albion Park, Australia. 2010 Donated to Pima Air & Space Museum.

The Provost BAC Jet Provost is (on display 2012). Built by Hunting Aircraft and delivered to the Royal Air Force on July 26, 1960. July 1960 To Royal Air Force College, RAF Cranwell March 1975 To 3 Flying Training School, RAF Leeming. May 1975 To British Aircraft Company, Warton, UK for conversion to T3A Standard. August 1975 To 3 Flying Training School, RAF Leeming. December 1975 To 1 Flying Training School, RAF Linton-on-Ouse. November 1992 To RAF Shawbury for storage. January 1993 Sold to Witham Special Vehicles, Colsterworth, UK 1993 Sold to private owner in United States and transported to Michigan. Later displayed at the West Texas Air Museum, El Paso, Texas. October 2009 Donated to the Pima Air & Space Museum.

The Fire Bomber is ready for display. We just need to acquire the equipment to move it.

The T-28 Trojan stenciling and insignia are being done on the aircraft. It is taking a little longer than expected.

Helicopter and F-4 Simulators – Castor frames are being built to support the simulators (the simulators will be placed on them).

Stinson L-5B Sentinel: Stinson L-5 Sentinel Fabric work is being done and the Wings and is coming along nicely

F2H Banshee – Some badly needed body work is being done on the Banshee before color is applied. check the Facebook page for update on this aircraft.

Mig-15bis – (on display 2012) MIKOYAN-GUREVICH MiG-15bis (LIM-2) FAGOT SERIAL NUMBER 1B-0822 N822JMService History, Built by the Wytwornia Sprzetu Komunikacyjneo (WSK) factory in Mielec, Poland. The aircraft’s history with the Polish Air Force is only partially known. December 1961 45th Fighter Regiment, October 1964 2nd Fighter Regiment, April 1978 61st Combat Training Regiment, Acquired by the U.S. Air Force in the 1980s and flown by civilian contractors for research projects conducted by the Defense Test and Evaluation Agency at Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Apparently retired to storage at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona around 1990. July 1992 Loaned to the Pima Air & Space Museum by the National Museum of the United States Air Force

Royal Air Force Avro Shackleton – The wings are on and the wheels are down. There is further work to be done on this plane.

Fantasy – They are waiting for a nose cone, and it is being fabricated.

Cessna 120: Paint is being removed

TAV-8B Harrier has arrived, no immediate plans to undertake restoration until after the wash rack and a few other projects are taken care of. This gives us a Prototype, Single seat and dual control Harrier – a unique collection as far as we are aware.

New Arrivals
Aircraft or displays that are expected to arrive from other locations

English Electric Lightning ZF593, a former Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) MK 53 single seat interceptor based on the British Royal Air Force F.6 version, is in transit from Robins AFB, GA (Facebook 8/29/2012)

Albatross cockpit, which we are going to refurbish as an interactive exhibit for our visitors.

New Arrivals: from the National Air & Space Museum

Nakajima Ki-115a Tsurugi (not on disply yet)

Kugisho MXY7-K2 Baca see: Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka (not on disply yet)

390th Memorial Museum[edit]

Aircraft

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

WWII Barracks[edit]

Aircraft
Model Display

Space Gallery[edit]

Aircraft, Rockets, & Other Exhibits
Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame
Moon Rock Exhibit

Apollo Program Space Suit

Outside Aircraft - The Beauty of Flight[edit]

Aircraft on display outside
SR-71 with D-21 supersonic drone 

Other Outside Exhibits - The vehicles that helped keep the planes in the air[edit]

Vehicles
Support vehicles on display outside
Kaman OHD-43 Huskie helicopter 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°8′24.34″N 110°51′53.19″W / 32.1400944°N 110.8647750°W / 32.1400944; -110.8647750