Saturday, April 4, 2009

Pima Air and Space Museum

I had the day off before the ball game at the University of Arizona in the evening. Rather than spend it in my dank hotel room, I headed over to the Pima Air and Space Museum just south of Tucson. It's cool! Dozens of planes are stored both inside and outside the museum and you can walk freely among them or take a tram tour if you prefer.

There's also a boneyard next door at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Old planes are sent here when they are no longer used; there are 4500 (mostly military) planes stored there. You can take a bus tour that shows you the highlights, including the 5th 727 ever built. It's currently being held for the Smithsonian who are trying to find space to display it.

The cost for the museum is $12.75 with the AAA discount, and the boneyard tour is an additional $7, so it is not cheap entertainment. If you like to see airplanes you can't see anywhere else, then this place is well worth the price, but if you are bored by this entry, then you should probably skip it. If you do go, I recommend the museum rather than the bus tour. There are some wonderful displays inside the museum and much more information, as well as some amazing planes such as the SR71 Blackbird (shown below). You have the freedom to explore at your own pace. Only exceptional airplane geeks (such as myself) with at least half a day should try both the museum and the tour.

An old Caravelle

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