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“So many aircraft, so little time!”

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!
Sacramento, CA
Level 4 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“So many aircraft, so little time!”
Reviewed April 23, 2010

I really can't add much to all that's been said about this amazing air museum already. With all the aircraft to see, thru walking, tram, or bus tours, you could easily spend two days here. The docents are plentiful and knowledgeable, which makes this place even MORE interesting than it already is. A must see in the Tucson area!

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Tulsa, OK
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“390th bomb group museum itself was worth the price”
Reviewed April 21, 2010

First, you should get the Tucson passport...it has a 2 for one coupon. We loved this place. All of the volunteers who we spoke to or led our tours were veterans and had first-hand knowledge about some of the planes. The tram tour is worth the extra $$ ($7/person). You might want to call to check on times. Ours was at 10:30 and the next wasn't until more than an hour later. But, you can walk the 75 acres if you don't want the tour. But I think its worth the extra price because tour guide drove us by each plane and gave the details of the model and sometimes that particular plane's history (for example, the AirForce 1 that is there transported the hostages from Iran and changed its call sign to Freedom One once it crossed into US Airspace). He was also a retired fighter pilot who served in Korea and had very interesting stories to tell about his experiences in particular planes. The best part was the museum within the museum...the 390th Bombing Group. This was the group that flew the B-17 bombers out of England (think Memphis Belle). The volunteers there were actually from the 8th Air Force in WWII and our guide was from the 390th. It was amazing. There is a B-17 there you can look inside and lots of actually memorabilia...such as the bomber jackets. Also, you can look up any day or mission and find out all the details: when, who went, what the target was and who made it back and who didn't. We did not take the AMARC tour (also extra) which would take you to the airforce and show you over 4000 current model planes that are used for parts. You don't have to be a plane enthusiast to enjoy this place.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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“Extensive Collection”
Reviewed January 29, 2010

January in Tucson is pretty nice, the cool weather allowed us to stroll around the grounds of this museum without running from bomber to bomber for shade. The selection of planes seems endless and any military aircraft fan will be in heaven.
One unintentional plus of this museum is the modern Air Force traffic overhead because this museum is across the street from the Davis Monthan Air Force Base.

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Seattle
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“The Plane . ..The Plane ..just 290+ of 'em! ($aving tip)”
Reviewed January 17, 2010

The Pima Air and Space Museum is in the Tucson Attractions Passport as a 2 for the price of 1! The cost of this museum ticket alone, will pay for the Passport (which costs $15). Neither of us are flying/aviation enthusiasts. ..but we really enjoyed walking this 75 acre museum with its several hangars of planes. If you're visiting Tucson for a 5+ days, then this attraction is worth the day. They offer trams, walking tours and an extra tour to the Boneyard (which costs more and is not covered by the Tucson Attractions Passport but was a good value and knowledgable guide.)

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Market Deeping, United Kingdom
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“A Must See If You Are In The Tucson Area”
Reviewed August 9, 2009

It's all been said before in other reviews. If you are into planes you cannot miss this one. It's an excellent morning out but allow sufficient time as a lot of the exhibits are out in the desert, it's big, big, hot, hot, and takes a good 2 hours to walk around it all, add 1.5 hours if you want to do the bone yard tour, departs at 1130 and 1500 but phone the day before to check times.

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