Pima Air Museum

The Pima Air Museum is located in Tucson near Davis Monthan Air Force Base. The museum is non-govt. supported and charges a fee for entry. They have over 300 historical aircraft from WWII to the present with several rare one of a kind aircraft. We took a narrated walking tour of four of the huge hangars and then a narrated tram tour of the 300 acres of outdoor display.

This is a WWII era Martin PBM flying boat and it is HUGE!

This is a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Reconnaissance plane which still holds many speed records for manned aircraft.

This is a Consolidated B-24 heavy bomber, WWII era.

Waist and ball-turret guns on the B-24. Hard to believe there was a gunner inside that tiny ball turret.

This is a B-25 Mitchell light bomber of the type that Jimmy Dolittle flew off a carrier to bomb Tokyo early in WWII

A beautiful restoration of a P-51 Mustang.

Many people believe this Lockheed Constellation was the most beautiful airliner ever built.

This modified Boeing 707 is also know as the “Vomit Comet” used to demonstrate weightlessness while flying the profile painted on the nose section.

This is one of only four remaining B-36 heavy bombers. The six pusher prop engines weren’t enough to take off so the 2 jet engines per wing were added.

This is a restored B-17 part of the 390th bomber group memorial. This is a museum within the main museum.

Looking forward in the B-17 showing the waist guns and the top of the ball-turret.

Looking aft in the B-17 towards the tail gunner position.

Head on view of the B-17 showing the 4 .50 caliber machine guns facing forward. All together, there are 12 of these on the B-17.

Another view of the Constellation.

We spent over 3 hours at the museum and we had lunch in their new flight cafeteria. There is also a gift shop. On week-days, they run tours of the “Bone Yard” at Davis Monthan AFB where thousands of decommissioned aircraft are stored in the dry desert for possible sale and used for spare parts.

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Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.

3 thoughts on “Pima Air Museum”

  1. Aviation and RVing.. “these are a few of my favorite things”. We have an annual air show at Reading (PA) airport. They have some pretty sweet war birds. Enjoyed the pictures.

  2. Nice pictures would love to visit some day. We stayed in Navarre Beach, FL last Oct. While there we went to Pensacola to see the naval air museum. It was really interesting. We didn’t allow nearly enough time as we also wanted to see IMAX show. We highly recommend going there but allow at least a half day if not longer. Brad & Cheryl

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