Pima Air & Space Museum Tucson Reviews
A Cenutury of Flying and Air Crafts Jan 24, 2010
The Tucson Air & Space Museum is the largest aviation and space Museum in the west. It covers approximately eighty acres of land with over 300 different air crafts making it one of the largest aviation museums in the world. There is aircraft history in this museum with some of the more technically advanced carriers ever made in the United States and the world at large. One of the most exciting moments for Desire and I, was getting on Air Force One: President Kennedy's Air Force One and the SR-71 Blackbird which is a spy plane. We managed to go to all of the 4 hangars where there is a showcase of some of the more rare air crafts that highlight the achievements in aviation history, it is incredible you just have to see to experience the awe.
The North hangar which is hangar 1 is the entrance to the museum, your tickets can be purchased here if you did not get one online. It has the replica of the very first aircraft ever flown by the Wright brothers. I was more fascinated by the more rare air crafts in the adjoining hangar called the Spirit of Freedom Hangar. It is home to the 'Black Bird'. Desire was entertained by the smaller air crafts that have been particularly put in for hands on activities for children.
The Challenger Learning Center was founded by families of astronauts from the Challenger Space Shuttle mission 51-L that is why it is called the Challenger center in case you were wondering.
Hangar 3 houses World War II air crafts exhibits. We saw the FI-156 which is a rare World war II German observation plane and some of the few left over German aircrafts, mostly replicas.
The 390th Memorial Museum: There is a self-guided tour of the B-17, 390th Memorial in honor of those braves who lost their lives.The names are individually engraved on a monument in the hall in commemoration of the fallen. It was such a nostalgic feeling as I went through the names of all those who lost their lives.
The Dorothy Finley Space Exploratorium & Arizona Aviation hall of fame: You will be pleasantly surprised when you visit this hall. There is a guided tour, which we did not buy, tickets for because this was something we did spontaneously. However you can buy tickets and go on a guided tour which is more informative and less tiring as running around an 80 acre lot.
Outside Air Craft Display: The majority of the air crafts used during the Vietnam and Korean wars are displayed outside. The Presidential Airforce One used by John Kennedy isalso in the outside display, and two others used by Presidents Nixon and Johnson.
Hours of operation:
The Museum is open 7 days a week 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. You need a minimum of an hour and a half to see the Museum, actually we took 3 hours (well I had a child and we did not use the tour carts to move around). It is 80 acres of land on which you have the most exciting creations that saw the airspaces.
*Adults (13 years and above): $13.75 (June – October
*Adults (13 years and above): $15.50 (November – May)
*Children (7 – 12 years old): $8.00 in June – Oct, $9.00 Nov – May
*Senior Citizens: $11.75 Jun – Oct, $12.75 Nov – May
*Military : $11.75 Jun – Oct, $12.75 Nov – May
Reservations: Call (520) 574-0462
Reservations: Online at www.pimaair.org
Location: 600 E Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85756
Enjoy, do leave me a comment below with your thoughts. For more photos, look at my blog on Pima Air & Space Museum (Tucson Travbuddy Meet-up, 2008).
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