Bonus post…I’ve been traveling.
Some of you may have noticed that the weekly post (this month featuring the Normandy Invasion) was late in appearing last week. No, delayed posting is not going to be my habit, and perhaps you will forgive me if when you see where I was with no computer access!
PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM…and….DAVIS-MONTHAN AF BASE AIRCRAFT BONEYARD in Tucson, Arizona.
Here’s some photos and a little journaling –
Pima Air and Space Museum
This A-10 Thunderbolt II is displayed in the main hanger.
Look at all these planes!
Beautifully restored B-17 Bomber from WWII
There are over 300 planes here at the Pima Air and Space Museum. I had a day and a half at the facility and could have spent longer. (I like to read every sign in a museum…not always the best idea when on a limited time schedule).
One of Miss Sarah’s favorite WWII aircraft – THE P-51 Mustang.
I really like World War II era aircraft and this museum had an abundance of these displays.
The Helicopter Line
The entire museum facility covers about 80 acres! Aside from the hangers there are hundreds of aircraft displayed outside. I highly recommend the tram around the property as a way to see most of the outdoor display; our tour guide was informative and I learned quite a bit. Later I went back and took photos of specific aircraft.
Pima Air and Space Museum is the largest non-profit, non-government-owned flight museum in the United States. They have over 300 aircraft in pristine facilities or outdoor locations. The museum volunteers and staff were very friendly and informative.
Now, onto the Air Force Boneyard – accessible to civilians by tour bus! Here, military aircraft are preserved for future use, salvaged for unique parts, or ultimately crunched after all useable parts are removed. Applause to the Air Force for their penny-pinching and resourcefulness in an era of tight military budgeting.
This plane and the others in the background could fly again.
These large transport planes are truly in the boneyard…they will never fly again and are being stripped of useful equipment needed by aircraft still in service.
More planes in the boneyard.
I thoroughly enjoyed my sight-seeing time in Tucson, AZ, and I hope that if you are in the area you will stop by the museum or tour the base. If you love historic aircraft, planes, or flight technology this is a place you may never wish to leave.
Beauty of Flight!
There is something wonderful about flying. Defense, patriotism, pleasure, recreation, experiment, challenge, adventure, dream…so many aspects in the idea of flight. The sculpture at the Pima Air and Space Museum defines this idea simply: Beauty of Flight.
For your information: http://www.pimaair.org/