Pima Air & Space Museum

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Pima Air & Space Museum
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
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Since 1976, the world's fastest air-breathing manned aircraft.
Shenyang F-6A (MiG-19), ex-Egyptian Air Force. Combatant in the Vietnam War.
Douglas A-1 Skyraider, in service between the late 1940s and early 1980s.

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, since 1991, home to the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame.

Opened to the public in May 1976 with 48 aircraft then on display, the Museum's main hangar houses an SR-71A Blackbird, an A-10 Warthog, a United States 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 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.

Both museums are overseen 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. They also rely on memberships and contracted events to pay to restore and acquire exhibits.

Aircraft and exhibits on display[edit]

Hangar 1 North[edit]

Taylorcraft TG-6 glider, U.S. Army
Starr Bumble Bee homebuilt, world's smallest piloted biplane
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 

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

B61 nuclear bomb (training model)

Hangar 3[edit]

Ryan PT-22 Recruit trainer, U.S. Army
20th Air Force Memorial
376th Bomb Group
Aircraft Nose Art & Markings
406th Fighter Group

Hangar 4[edit]

Boeing B-29 Superfortress 44-70016
P-51D Mustang USAAF 44-63272
315th Bomb Wing
China Burma India Theatre
20th Air Force Memorial

Hangar 5 - satellite aircraft restoration facility and main restoration facility[edit]

Aircraft in restoration as of October 2012
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress USAAF 44-85828 "I'll Be Around"

390th Memorial Museum[edit]

  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

WWII Barracks[edit]

Model Display

Space Gallery[edit]

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

Apollo Program Space Suit

Outdoor exhibits[edit]

Aircraft on display outside
AV-8 Harrier USMC 159241 
Boeing B-52G BUFF 58-0191 
Kaman OHD-43 Huskie helicopter 
Nose art on a B-52 
The Boneyard Project was created by Eric Firestone and used retired military aircraft from Tucson scrapyards as canvasses for contemporary artists. These three ex US Navy Douglas C-117Ds became (from left to right) 'Time Flies By' by How & Nosm [17102], 'Warning Shot' by Retna [50808] and 'Phoenix in Metal' by Nunca, [17177]. 2014 photo.

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