The first thing that I will search when visiting a new place or State, is the location of the air and space museum. I have been into a number of space museums, big and small, around the U.S. One of the them that really impressed me was the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in D.C., which holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world.

Read: No Better Collection Of Aviation History Than In The Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum

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Aside from the one in D.C., the next one that made my jaw drop was the PIMA Air and Space Museum in Tucson Arizona. It prides itself as one of the largest space museums in the world. Indeed, it is! The museum has 5 hangars, equivalent to over 4 ‘football fields’ of indoor exhibit space, displaying 150 plus planes. And there are hundreds more displayed outside in the Arizona sunshine.

Here are few photos I took.

The Mariner. Last flight 1971.

mariner

The Cobra
The Cobra

Sikorsky Heavy Lift Transport
Sikorsky heavy lift transport

The Spy Tiger
The Spy Tiger

A vast collection of Dragonfly aircraft.
Dragonfly aircraft

Piasecki. A retriever.
Piasecki

The hunter fighter
The hunter fighter!

Super Guppy
Super Guppy

Transport Amphibian
Transport Amphibian

Tigercat fighter
Tigercat fighter

The Avenger. The Navy Torpedo.
Navy Torpedo

The Liberator. Used during the Normandy invasion.
The Liberator

The Hawker Hurricane. Used during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
The Hawker Hurricane

Boeing Superfortress
Boeing Superfortress

Flying Fortress. The deadly Queen of the Skies. Pride of the Army Air Forces.
Flying Fortress

And you need hours to see all these!
planes

If you intend to visit, DO NOT take the bus tour, unless you have only 30 minutes to spend inside. I have noticed that those who took the tour, they were not able to go out of the bus and see up close the displays on the field. Walk. Explore the hundreds of displays by foot. You will not regret doing it.

Admission and Hours
The museum is open 7 days a week, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, last admission at 4:00pm. The museum is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. Parking is free. The museum is a pet-friendly facility (leashes required).

Admission fee.

Adult (ages 13 & up): $15.50
Pima County Resident: $12.25
Senior (65+)/Military: $12.75
Junior (ages 5-12): $9.00
Child (4 & Under): FREE
Group of 20+: $12.50

Contact.

Address: 6000 East Valencia Road, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, AZ 85756
Phone Number: 520-574-0462

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