Pima Air & Space Museum

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My daughter and I finally decide to take a tour of the air and space museum, which is literally seven miles away from where we live. On my way to work, I go past Davis Monthan air force base, which has an interesting display of air force airplanes. But for matters of security you are not allowed to just stop by and start a photo shoot. Having been fascinated by the navy and air force for the longest time, this did not come as a fresh idea, but was extremely exciting. The Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 East Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85706. In this facility you will find the following: 1) Pima Air & Space Museum, and 2) The Challenger Learning Center of the Southwest.

Roselle during the Tucson Travbuddy Meet-up (Nov/2008
It is fascinating how reliant the world has become on aircraft transportation. I think that this phenomenal connection to the rest of the world is one of man's most inspiring inventions. Through the years we have seen air transportation evolve to unlimited heights. At the Tucson Air & Space Museum, visitors are fascinated by the rich history of aviation and aerospace. My daughter and I were like little children running around from one plane to another, some were so small they looked like child toys, lol!

By the way, the Tucson Air & Space Museum is the largest aviation and space Museum in the west. It covers approximately eighty acres of land with over two hundred and fifty (250) different aircrafts. One of the most exciting moments for us was entering 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 showcase of some of the more rare aircrafts that highlight the achievements in aviation history, it is incredible you just have to see to experience the awe.

THE CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER: We did not spend much time in here because my daughter was excited about running from one aircraft to another, however the center offers visitors and resident families innovative programs that simulate real space missions. It 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. My daughter decided that she wanted to be an astronaut because she wanted me to pay for her to go in to the simulators, heheeeeee. Funny how children think huh?

The museum also houses 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, hahaaa!

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.

Rosy and Tim during the Tucson meet up (Nov/2008)
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.

Tickets are very reasonably priced. Adults enter for $13.00, children above 6 $9.00 and senior citizens/ military $10.75. Children 6 and below enter free. You can pre-book the tram tour and get more information than you would if you take a self-walking tour. There is also a WW11 aircraft exhibit in Hangars three and four. For more information or reservations you can call directly or better yet reserve a visit online by going to their website at www.pimaair.org. I think we might just go to the TITAN MISSILE MUSEUM, I hear the underground Missile Complex tour is something not to miss.

Africancrab says:
We will have a tour of the Air & Space museum as part of our pre-meet activity on November 07, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. It should be exciting, I booked the tour today, Yeah!
Posted on: Sep 26, 2008
cvanzoen says:
Looks great. I still need to update a blog about a visit to an air museum in the Netherlands that I visited with my nephew. I am not much into technical things like airplanes and such but it is always very impressive isn't it!
Posted on: Aug 18, 2008
danny291 says:
i remember when we were young and we'd go to places like this and my mum would tell me and my brother who is a year older that we had to say we were 5 and 6 so we could get in cheaper! we had to stop when we got to about 9 and 10 because there was no way in hell anyone was gonna believe we were 5 and 6! hehe!
Posted on: May 05, 2008
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