Pima Air and Space Museum

The Pima Air and Space Museum is the largest privately-owned collection of aircraft in the country. There are about 300 aircraft, some displayed in hangars and some outside. And there’s a nice variety of civilian and military, from several different countries.

Here are some photos from a visit:

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Inside one of the hangars

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A “Hoppicopter”

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Lockheed Electra. The type of plane being flown by Amelia Earhart when she disappeared.

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B-18 Bolo, a pre-WW2 bomber

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A tour group gathered under the SR71 Blackbird

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BD5J “Micro-Jet”. Most famous from its appearance in the James Bond movie “Octopussy”

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Canadian F-86 Sabre

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Hayabusa “Oscar”. WW2 fighter used by the Japanese Army.

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PB4Y Privateer, the US Navy version of the Army B-24 Liberator

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B-29 Superfortress

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P-51 Mustang

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A collection of Soviet MiGs from the 50s and 60s

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A pair of B-52 Stratofortress bombers

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F-18 in Blue Eagles livery

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B-58 Hustler

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Folland Gnat. A British trainer that the Indian Air Force bought, hung some missiles on, and used in its wars with Pakistan.

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The “Pregnant Guppy”. Transport plane used by NASA to carry rocket parts around the country.

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Soviet MiG-23 fighter

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British Harrier “jump jet”

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F7F Tigercat, WW2 twin-engine Navy fighter

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Shenyang J6, a Chinese copy of the Soviet MiG-19. This one is in Egyptian Air Force livery.

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Boeing Dreamliner

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Soviet “Hind” attack helicopter

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B-47 Stratojet, dwarfed by a B-36 Peacemaker

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X-15 rocket plane

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B-17 displayed in the 390th Memorial, a separate museum located on the PASM grounds

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Pima Air and Space Museum

  1. No, I’m not a pilot nor ex-military. I’m actually an anti-war activist, and opposed every American war since Vietnam (and the only reason I didn’t oppose Vietnam was because I was only 9 years old at the time.)

    My interest is in the history and technology of aviation (and history/science in general). Sadly, whether one likes it or not, the military always gets the hottest and newest technology.

  2. I did see a 5J (the original BD5 was a recip, pusher-prop) perform at an airshow in the 80’s; pretty cool, like a turbo sparrow in Bud Lite (or something similar) paint. Could only hold enough fuel for 30 minutes of flight, so the fun needed to be had fairly quickly. :>)

  3. Hah, I boo-boo’d in the captions: the Navy F-18 is from the Blue ANGELS. The “Blue Eagles” was my high school’s football team (though my sister tells me there was a Blue Eagle who became a Blue Angel).
    🙂

  4. Upon reflection, that was indeed the wrong beer — that Bede was the Coors Silver Bullet (apparently there were two, which sometimes appeared as a team, but it was a solo display I saw):

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