The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Pima Air & Space Museum

Tucson, Arizona is home to one of the largest Aviation Museums in the world. Airplane buffs and non-buffs alike flock to the Pima Air & Space Museum, to be “wowed” by more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft  spread out over 80 acres.  Included in the collection are many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced in the United States and throughout the world.   Pima Air & Space Museum has the distinction of being the biggest non-government funded aerospace museum.

Pima Air & Space Museum SR-71A BlackbirdHoused in the museum is one of the most recognized aircraft ever built, the SR-71A Blackbird, which holds speed and altitude records and is the only manned, jet-powered aircraft to exceed Mach 3.  Other noteworthy and popular aircraft include the Convair B-36J Peacemaker, which is the largest bomber and the last piston engine bomber produced by the United States, and the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, called a “Hemisphere Defense Weapon” by the Army Air Force. 

Kids and those young at heart will definitely enjoy the many hands on learning opportunities, including the mock-up of a control tower.   Inside the Space Gallery Hangar you can look inside a training version of an Apollo space capsule, see a moon rock, learn about the Phoenix Mars mission at an interactive exhibit, and follow a timeline of the space race as well as see many other fascinating exhibits pertaining to space. 

In the fall of 2009 the Museum broke ground on a 20,000 square foot expansion to Hangar 1. The new space will create a central plaza with expanded guest accommodations, including a new 4,500 square foot restaurant facility.  Within the space will be displayed some of the more famous and recognizable aircraft that have strong connections to film and television in an engaging setting ideal for special events of any occasion.

Ranked #3 of 169 attractions in the Tucson area by Trip Advisor, the Pima Air & Space Museum is an experience you won’t want to miss.   Just a short 20 minute drive north from Green Valley, Arizona--why not, take a day to let your dreams take flight.

   JUDI MONDAY, CRS         


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