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PIMA Air & Space Museum

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jwr
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PIMA Air & Space Museum

Is this museum a "must see" for a visit to Tucson? Is it regarded as one of the best aerospace museums in the US? Has anyone visited the AMRc "boneyard"...and is it worth the effort to visit? thanks.

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1. Re: PIMA Air & Space Museum

The staff and volunteers certainly regard the museum as one of the best in the US. And they're probably right but we haven't seen many others to compare (eg South Dakota). The displays are extensive and we spent 5-6 hours, there including the AMARG tour, and didn't see everthing.

You'd want to be a aircraft enthusiast to get much out of the AMARG tour. The tour lasted a bit more than an hour and you are on the bus the whole time. You do not get off the bus but just drive around the 'yard' being shown the many different types of aircraft stored there. It is not a 'boneyard' but a storage yard where the aircraft are maintained for possible re-use or parts.

The entry fee is reasonable and good value. 'Must see' depends on what else you like, how much time you have in Tucson, and whether you have an interest in aviation.

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The Pima Air and Space Museum is very well done. It is the largest privately operated air museum in the country. When we toured it, we arrived about 2 p.m. and they finally pushed us out the door at 5 p.m. closing time. (We really aren't big airplane or train buffs, we spend more time in auto museums, but we really enjoyed this one.)

Spend the little extra money and take the tram tour around the museum. The tour guides are all retired air force (or army/navy) airmen and they know all about every airplane on the grounds.

We have been to several air and space museums, including Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle, the History of Space Museum in Alamogordo, NM, and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Each is different but all very interesting.

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Top of the list Tucson "must sees," other than Pima Air & Space Museum:

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, a zoo and botanical garden unique in the world devoted to desert wildlife.

Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of the, if not the, most beautiful Spanish missions in the Americas.

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Air & Space Museum is near the top of 'must see' attractions in Tucson. Those with knowledge of aircraft, as well as those without, will be entertained. the boneyard, however, is a bit of a reach for those that do not enjoy aircraft. If you are going to tour the boneyard, do it in the fall, winter or spring when it's not terribly hot because it's a long, warm trip.

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....though not as 'polished' as the Wright_Patterson National Musuem of the US Air Force, Dayton, Ohio, Tucson's Pima Air and Space Musuem is an exciting outdoor spectacle to say the least.

There are indoor exhibits in 3-4 aircraft hangars.

In fact, in addition to cranky engines and aircraft, you have the cranky (retired) military personnel who may have flown missions, maintained the aircraft during WWII, as well as other service eras.

Take advantage of the guided tours and trams for the compound.

Possibly one of the cockpits to the SR-71 Blackbird or the A-10 WartHog might be open for you to witness and explore with an actual pilot on loan to the Musuem.

Water if you prefer to personally visit and touch each lined aircraft by it's purpose, jet, transport, bombers, fighter row.

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If you are X-military/Air Force, worked in the airline industry or and enthusiast.... you will love it. If you're just a layman, you will eventually get board.. "see one plane, seen them all" comes to mind for my out-of-town family... the place is HUGE, acres of planes spread apart, a lot of walking.. bring water bottles. Several inside exhibits are interesting (but not state-of-the-art) kids (5 & 8) were ready to go after 45 mins, wheel chairs and strollers are tough to push on bare ground. As a layman adult, I enjoyed it, but after 90 mins and dozens of exterior of planes (can't go inside them) even I had enough. Certainly worth it to go once, but as a local, (non-enthuasiast) won't be going back.

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