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“Aviations #1 Airforce/Aircraft Museum a must see”

Pima Air & Space Museum
Ranked #3 of 306 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, 10-day Advanced Reservations Required) 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. 350 aircraft, 80 acres, 6 indoor air-cooled hangars. Just plane awesome!
Reviewed February 2, 2014

If you visit Tucson AZ, and even like aircraft a little you have to visit this Museum. This is place is incredible you can walk right up to the Aircraft and touch them look in the wheel wells and walk under the wings of aircraft you cannot find anywhere else in the world. The have the SR71 and it's Drone, B-36, FX107, X-15 B-52, B-17, B-24, Mig 17, Mig 29 just to name a few. This place covers 60 acres of aircraft. Where some comfortable shoes, and try to visit from the fall through April. The summer months are very hot and you will get burned. They do have tours to the Davis Moffit AFB bone yard as well, and they also have a tram to take you through the 60 acres of aircraft as well. The Fee to get in is 15.00 but they have many discounts for Many groups the best for retired military. Check out the web site for all prices and weather their through out the year.

Thank James T
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

We really enjoyed exploring the graveyard of airplanes. It was amazing to see how big some of the planes were. The different hangars you can walk through were really cool. My favorite part was seeing a plane that looked like the one used in Memphis Belle and how they had it open so you could see how it was inside. I would definately recommed going here. If you are a Triple A member you get a discount

Thank Suzylovelove
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

Was not sure what to expect as I've been to air museums before but this one is HUGE! I was impressed, took almost 400 photos. The museum has 4 hangars plus the space museum. I was not impressed with the space museum but seeing a piece of history is amazing. We also took the "boneyard" tour. It is an extra $7. Sure brings home where all of your tax dollars are sitting. Well worth the money spent. We completed the tour in five and a half hours but bet you could spend the whole day there. The volunteers are just amazing. I don't think there is anything they don't know about that facility.

Thank FL5944
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

A great museum to visit. Be sure and sign up for the tram tour of the museum and the bus tour of the "boneyard" on Davis-Monthan AFB. All of our guides/docents were extremely knowledgeable of the aircraft and even had personal experience with some of the planes. There was so much to see and hear, it was almost information overload for us. If you have an interest in flying and an interest in the history of military aviation; you will not be disappointed visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum.

Thank ChipandSherry
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Wow, this museum just blew me away! My knowledge of airplanes was limited to the Wright Brothers and Boeing 787's, so this was a wonderful education. This museum is comprised of the main hanger, three auxiliary hangars, space gallery, memorial museum and a bazillion planes parked outdoors. There is also a "boneyard" (retired aircraft) tour by bus, which is offsite and a separate admission.

Just off the entrance is Hanger #1, where you'll see older and unique aircraft. My favorite was a little something called the "Bumble Bee." The next hall is the Flight Central Hangar, which has military craft. The third, and final, hall is the Spirit of Freedom Hangar, again military craft. The most impressive is an entire SR-71A Blackbird, built by Lockheed. Next to the tail of the plane is a visitor demonstration. By selecting one of five buttons (warm-up, taxi down runway, take off, sonic boom-boom-boom, power-down), you can hear a scaled-down version of the engine. Needless to say, the sonic booms were the most popular! In addition to planes, there are other interesting artifacts -- weapons, uniforms, medals and diaries. I was impressed that the exhibits were presented neutrally, without saying that something belonged to "the bad guys."

Since there was so much to see, I decided to stroll through Hangar #1 and then take the tram tour. For $6.00, you get a comfortable ride and interesting narration by a volunteer. The tour lasts an hour and is worth every penny. (If not for the tour, I'd probably still be wandering the yard...) You'll see plane styles you're familiar with, experimental designs, retired military craft and even an Air Force One.

If you need to take a break, the cafe is great! The seating area is surrounded by glass walls, so you can admire the planes while snacking. Or plan your visit. This is a great attraction -- even for newly-converted fans like myself.

Thank Julie H
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