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Pima Air & Space Museum

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2012 - 2017.


Review on the way.
The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aerospace museums in the country.
The museum's location across the highway from the Air Force AMARG - 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group gives it easier access to retired military aircraft.
The museum is on the south side of Tucson, Arizona.
Entry plaza with native plants and an aircraft.
The dry climate allows for the preservation of this large site filled with aircraft.
The museum is large and much is outside. This author recommends starting early with the outdoor exhibits while it is relatively cooler.
More views of the large outdoor aircraft dispaly area.
More views of the large outdoor aircraft dispaly area. Nore one of the hangards with indoor exhibits.
Rows and rows of aircraft preserved and on dispaly.
Plan on several hours to take a quick look at the extensive dispaly. This author arrived when the museum opened and stayed almost to closing.
I think it was Jimmy Webb who wrote the song, ".. and the yard went on forever." That's how it feels when visiting this museum.
More rows of aircraft at Pima Air & Space Museum.

Note the Super Guppy in the distance at far right.

One of the few trees here in the desert.

Douglas VC-118A Liftmaster Transport 1947-Present, DC-6A. Used by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson from 1961-1965.
A collection of former Air Force One aircrafts and other presidential aircraft.
Former Air Force One interior.
A collection of former Air Force Ones and other presidential aircraft. Officially, the aircraft is only called Air Force One when the president is on baord. When Air Force One took President Nixon home after his resignation, the aircraft took off as Air Force One, but when Gerald Ford took the oath of office, the aircraft designation changed and it landed with a standard flight number.

Top turret from a B-17.

B-17G.
Interior of a B-17G bomber.
Boing B-29 bomber.
Boing B-29 bomber.
Boing B-29 bomber.
Boing B-29 bomber.
Boing B-29 bomber. Aircraft name at left, belly turret at right.
The B-52 was the workforce aircraft from the early 1950 into the 21st Century. Now because of treaties with Russia, they are being dismantled.
Pima Air Museum has several variation on this large bomber, the B-52. This is a B-52D Stratofortress, first produced in 1956.

Another B-52G Stratofortress bomber, 1956 - .
The B-377 SG Super Guppy was developed for transporting Saturn-V boosters and space vehicle components, 1966-1994.

The B-377 SG Super Guppy
Boeing C-97G

Boeing KB-50J.

Boeing_KC-97G_Stratofreighter aerial tanker, 1950-1979. A variation is C-97.
Boeing_KC-97G_Stratofreighter Aerial Tanker, 1950-1979.
Boeing NB-52A Stratofortress bomber, 1954-. This is one of two that were modified for the X-15 project.
Boing YC-14 transport. 1976-1980. This is one of only two that were built.

Douglas A-26C.

Douglas B-18B Bolo.

Douglas B-26K Invader, attack bomber, 1944-1969, also called A-26A (the 'A' means "Attack").
Douglas C-124 Globemaster Transport, 1950-1975.
Douglas C-124 Globemaster Transport, 1950-1975.
Douglas C-133B Cargomaster Transport, 1957-1974.

Globe KD6G-2

Grumman E-1B Tracer, recon / early warning aircraft, 1957-1978.

Grumman F-11A Blue Angel
Grumman F-11F Tiger fighter, 1958-1962.
Grumman J4F-2 Widgeon. Amphibian aircraft. 1941-1980.

Grumman J4F-2.

Grumman TAF-9J (F9F-8B) Cougar trainer, 1951-1974.

Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt.

Fairchild C-119C Boxcar transport, 1949-1975.
Fairchild_C-119C.
Fairchild_C-119C.

Fairchild_C-123B Provider Transport, 1953 - .

Fairchild_PT-26.

Lockheed_C-121A_Constilation.

Lockheed_C-130A Hercules Transport. First flown in 1950.
Lockheed C-130D Hercules Transport, 1958-1975.

Lockheed C-130D Hercules Transport, 1958-1975.

Lockheed C-141B.

Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star, recon / early warning, 1956 - 1976.

Lockheed-Vega PV-2 Harpoon Patrol Bomber, 1945-1960s.
Martin PBM-5A Mariner flying boats were first delivered in 1940. The Coast Guard used it for reconnaissance and rescue and the Navy used it for cargo transport.
McCulloch HUM-1, a small, two-person helicopter originally designed by Helicopter Engineering Research Corporation in 1948. Three were built for the U. S. Army as XH-30 and two for the Navy as HUM-1 in 1953. A civil version was designated MC-4. None were successful.
McDonnell ADM-20C.
McDonnell F-4C Phantom fighter - bomber, 1967- . Reported Mig 17 kill on May 20, 1967. Also AIM-7E Sparrow III Missiles.

McDonnell NF-4E_Fighter, test aircraft, first produced 1966.

North American B-25J_Mitchell.

North American Rockwell_OV-1OD Bronco, observation aircraft, 1968-.

Northrop YC-125A Raider transport, 1950-1970.
Ryan YQM-98A Compass Cope, Reconnaissance, 1974-1978.

A Shuttle model at hte entry to the space exhibit.

Space Gallery.
Barracks, one of the buildings with interior displays.

Aircraft theme sculpture.
Aircraft models in one of the Hangar buildings.

Gyrodyne DSN-3 (QH-50C) DASH (DASH is Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter). These were the first unmanned helicopter to be launched from aging destroyers for anti-submarine reconnaissance. First flight August 12, 1960, they were in service from 1962-1970.

Helicopter.
Helicopters.
Helicopters.
Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe, AKA Skycrane. First produced in 1964.
Sikorsky CH-54A.
Sikorsky CH-54A.
Sikorsky JRS-1, this is a civilian version of a S-43 painted as a military JRS-1. The JRS-1 is a U.S. Marine Corps utility transport amphibian.
SR-71A_Blackbird. This is the second Blackbird build and oldest survivor. It first flew in 1965. Blackbirds were retired in 1990.
SR-71A_Blackbird.

SR-71A_Blackbird.

SR-71Blackbird. See Blackbirds at other museums.


UPF-7.

VC14B.

Eastern TBM-3

C-9B Skytrain.

Cessna O-2A Skymaster, reconnaissance, 1966-1980.
Columbia XJL-1, Experimental Observation, 1947. An amphibious aircraft.

Columbia XJL-1, close-up on forward landing gear.

Mitchell Wing B-10, home-built. This individual aircraft was completed in 1982.

A MIG in the distance.

A row of MIG fighters.

Shenyang J-6A (Mig-19PF) Farmer Fighter, 1963 - .

Bede Aircraft Company BD-5J Micro-Jet. Developed as a home-built pusher-prop aircraft in the early 1970s.

Bell HTL-2 helicopter in one of the hangars.
Bristol Blenheim MK. IV (Bolingbroke) light bomber. 1935-1945..
Budd RB-1Conestoga transport, missing a few parts. Built 1944-1954, the only all stainless steel, welded aircraft - no rivets. The museum restores as many aircraft as it can.

Curtiss C-46D

Dassault-Breguet Dornier Alpha Jet A, strike fighter, 1974-2000.

Starr Bumble Bee. Designed and built to be the smallest aircraft. First flown in 1984.

Teletyne-Ryan AQM-34L.

Fieseler FI103 Hoellenhund.

Missile transport truck.

Military truck.

Various military vehicles.

Fire Truck.

Quonset hut and jeep.

Note the shadow at the top left corner. Toward the end of the visit, my camera broke.

330th Bomb Group.

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