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“Some indoor and mostly outdoor”

Pima Air & Space Museum
Ranked #3 of 287 things to do in Tucson
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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!
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“Some indoor and mostly outdoor”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

I've always been interested in aircraft and seen some aircraft I've never seen before. The hosts are really interesting to talk too (especially the Korea veterans). We visited first thing and even then the Sun was doing its best to burn my fair skin! If you're going to outside, make sure you take some skin protection. The space hangar was a bit random and to be honest disappointing, but the Pacific WWII Aircraft were excellently exhibited . The staff really have pride in what they presented and have achieved here. Good show...

Visited April 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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“What a Surprise...”
Reviewed 21 April 2012

One never really expects decent food in a museum of any type, let alone an aviation museum. The directors of the Pima Air Museum did their homework when building their new dining facility which provides great views of numerous aircraft, both inside and outdoors, but most importantly they are providing a high quality menu to those who spend many hours walking through the exhibits. As a pilot I was planning on an ordinary hotdog or hamburger because I was there to see the many aircraft. What a surprise, a great museum and great food!

Visited November 2011
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Cool planes”
Reviewed 21 April 2012

My father served in the military and it brought back lots of memories to see some of the planes again.

Visited August 2011
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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“Really fun”
Reviewed 20 April 2012

This is the kind of place you wouldn't go to without having a pretty good idea of what you are getting into. It was actually even better than I expected. If you want a fun, educational, inexpensive day, this is the place to go.

Visited April 2012
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“Where did the time go?”
Reviewed 16 April 2012

We went early while it was coolest to look around all of their outside exhibits. You can take a tram around but this costs $6, we chose to stroll. You can touch the planes, but you cannot climb in them. There are also some inside exhibits - the two World War 2 exhibitions which are very interesting and informative.

There is a nice cafe for drinks and snacks.

There is also an option for booking the 'boneyard' tour... it wasn't expensive, but it gets very busy so you have to come early. You are not allowed out of the bus as it goes onto the actual airforce base (you need to have ID with you, because of security) - the tour covers 3 parts - a hall of fame (that you pass through very slowly- the guide was an ex-airforce pilot who was very knowledgable), a load of planes that could 'fly today', then a junk yard part where planes are having bits taken off for repairs.

it's amazing to think how much money has been spent on all this kit.... wasted???

Visited April 2012
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