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“A Pilot's Dream”

Pima Air & Space Museum
Ranked #3 of 288 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Be amazed at one of the world's largest aircraft collections: including 3 hangars of World War II planes, supersonic spyplanes, the world's smallest bi-plane, plus many other unique private, military and commercial air & spacecraft documenting the evolution of flight. Friendly docents augment your visit. Only Pima Air & Space offers the bus tour of the "Boneyard"/AMARG (M-F only, no holidays) plus offers its own tram tour of the museum's 80 acres of one-of-a kind planes daily (additional fees). You can actually touch "aviation history" including "Freedom One" (that flew the American 444-days-in-Iran hostages home), presidential crafts, planes that launched astronauts, delivered life-saving food/fuel, etc. and others with wingspans the length of a football field... Ogle helicopters, MiGs, an Oscar, a rare German buzz bomb, a moon rock and much more. 300 aircraft, 80 acres, 5 indoor air-cooled hangars. Just plane awesome!
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“A Pilot's Dream”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

I gave this a very good rating, but my husband would say it was excellent. We arrived a little before 10am and booked the 10am open-air tram that took us to the planes exhibited outside. It went very slowly, so you could get good pictures and hear the explanation of the guide. That took about an hour and 10 min. After that we jumped in on a guided tour through 2 of the buildings. Our guide was well read on WW2 and gave us lots of little interesting anecdotes. In the afternoon we took the air-conditioned bus across the street to the Boneyard. Everyone was very friendly and willing to answer questions. They have a restaurant there, with items priced from $5-$12. I saw a sign saying no outside food or drinks permitted, so don't plan on bringing a picnic lunch and eating it inside. You'd have to eat it in the car. All in all, a nice day.

Visited April 2012
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“Some indoor and mostly outdoor”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

I've always been interested in aircraft and seen some aircraft I've never seen before. The hosts are really interesting to talk too (especially the Korea veterans). We visited first thing and even then the Sun was doing its best to burn my fair skin! If you're going to outside, make sure you take some skin protection. The space hangar was a bit random and to be honest disappointing, but the Pacific WWII Aircraft were excellently exhibited . The staff really have pride in what they presented and have achieved here. Good show...

Visited April 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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“What a Surprise...”
Reviewed April 21, 2012

One never really expects decent food in a museum of any type, let alone an aviation museum. The directors of the Pima Air Museum did their homework when building their new dining facility which provides great views of numerous aircraft, both inside and outdoors, but most importantly they are providing a high quality menu to those who spend many hours walking through the exhibits. As a pilot I was planning on an ordinary hotdog or hamburger because I was there to see the many aircraft. What a surprise, a great museum and great food!

Visited November 2011
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Cool planes”
Reviewed April 21, 2012

My father served in the military and it brought back lots of memories to see some of the planes again.

Visited August 2011
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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“Really fun”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

This is the kind of place you wouldn't go to without having a pretty good idea of what you are getting into. It was actually even better than I expected. If you want a fun, educational, inexpensive day, this is the place to go.

Visited April 2012
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