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“Skip the tram tour”

Pima Air & Space Museum
Ranked #3 of 302 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!
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Hour long tour on the non-air conditioned trams isn't worth it ($6/ea). Walk it if you must, but the best exhibits are inside the hangers.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I am a local and go to this attraction about every four years. There are new and improved exhibits every time. They have added some great little trolley cars with pa system that they drive you around in for the tour. The guides will surprise you with personal information like I worked on that very fighter when it was in service. One year there was a tour guide that had actually worked on the blackbird spy plane, he gave an excellent presentation about the building and deployment of the blackbird with little known facts. Several Migs are displayed and the airplane that JFK used for his travels is also available for a walk through. The JFK plane is so low budget compared to today's air force one. A must see when in Tucson.

Thank Jeff L
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I was so unprepared for this museum experience! We didn't go until after lunch and the afternoon only was not enough time to truly enjoy the whole collection and displays. Luckily, I will be able to return for another adventure. I wish the website had given more information on the fact that the museum is HUGE and that they have a restaurant! Next time we'll go in the morning, take a rest for lunch and then continue. I am going to head straight the the Space building and read everything there. We didn't take the ride through the yard but I wish we had, so next time we will. It is too big to walk with limited time. The volunteers are great!

Thank LunchWithRuby
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a must for any air plane enthusiast. There are air planes from every era. THere are many air planes from the 60's and 70's bringing back many of the Vietnam planes like the famous B-52.

Thank Ronald F
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Just being able to walk up and down the isles of planes from yesteryear was amazing. We've done both the tour and walked and both are great. However, if you are gonna walk, it could take a while as there is just so much to see and marvel about. I recommend doing the tour first on your first visit, then you have an idea of what you want to really do on your second visit. Truly, one of the must do's if visiting or entertaining friends or family visiting Tucson.

Thank MrMikeS
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