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“If you like aviation - you really gotta see this...”

Pima Air & Space Museum
Ranked #3 of 282 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Be amazed at one of the world's largest aircraft collections: including 2+ 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!
St. John's, Canada
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“If you like aviation - you really gotta see this...”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Growing up on air force bases meant that I would forever have a fascination with planes and space. If you are like me, and anywhere near Tucson, you really have to do yourself a favor and go to the Pima Air and Space Museum. It is really easy to spend three or four hours just going around and looking at all the wonderful exhibits. Then you'll need more time to go back and see those items that really got your attention. The companion visit to the "boneyard" across the street is also very worthy of the price of admission. It will really bring some perspective to the air power of the United States.

Visited April 2014
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“Unbelievable”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

A friend told us about this Plane "Graveyard" out in the Arizona Desert, little did we know that is also a wonderful Air & Space Museum there as well.
Coming from Australia and being more of a car guy we were more than impressed with what we were about to see.
The Museum is really well set out with a huge array of aircraft in the main building you enter, but once you go out into the 80 acre yard there is just an enormous amount of every conceivable plane and helicopter.
I guess the building that really impressed me was the "one plane museum" specifically designed and built for the B17 Bomber, there is a nice memorial to the Pilots and Crew that never came home. Staffed by very knowledgeable volunteers dedicated to keeping the B17 history alive.
Also whilst you are there it is must to do the AMARG tour of the "bone-yard" just down the road, it will blow your mind the amount of aircraft stored there, the prices and bus tour are very reasonable.

Visited April 2014
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“What a collection! Not to be missed.”
Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

We did the Davis Monthan "boneyard" tour (part of the museum offerings) then went thru outdoor part of PASM. Well worth it. If I had to do over again would budget whole day from open to close so could also have time to do the Hall exhibit areas too.

Airplane/history buffs will love this place and the "boneyard." Amazing facilities at both places.

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Sacramento, California
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“Great Historic Look into Aviation Past”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

I'm not a huge airplane nerd, but I do know an amazing museum when I see one. Probably the best collection (especially if you can combine it with the Boneyard) in the United States. So much history, you can easily get lost and spend a day among the aircraft. Take any history buff here - you won't be disappointed!

Visited November 2013
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“History and it's Best”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Unbelievable collection of airplanes thru the ages. What is really interesting is the additional trip thru the bone yard -- DO NOT miss add on to your visit and yes, do take the narrated tram ride. These guys know their stuff since most of the guides use to fly these beasts.

Visited April 2014
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