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Posted: 7/31/2005 9:41:55 PM EDT
During the first week of July, my new wife and I visited the PIMA Air and Space Museum in Tucson Arizona. It was hot as hell (well over 100 degrees), but well worth the trip. Here are some pics from the visit. If you see anything you like, LMK and I can email you the high res version of it. Well, here we go!






















More coming!!

Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:43:02 PM EDT














Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:43:44 PM EDT
Is that last pic of a Thunderchief?

Always liked those.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:44:26 PM EDT
And more!



















Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:45:52 PM EDT
Oh wait, but there is more!

















Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:46:29 PM EDT
[Ahnold] Is that a tumah? [/Ahnold]

Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:47:00 PM EDT
And even more again!!















Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:48:15 PM EDT
But wait folks! There is more!









If you ever get a chance to visit this place, it is a must!! Hope you enjoy these pics!!

Kris
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:48:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/31/2005 9:50:37 PM EDT by MonkTx]

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Is that last pic of a Thunderchief?

Always liked those.



That's an RF-101 Voodoo.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:51:07 PM EDT
Great pictures, maybe I will go down there after all its only 1 1/2 hours away
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 9:55:54 PM EDT
Excellent pictures

We were there several years ago and the EC135 they have is one I guarded while stationed at Offutt AFB when it was the Alert (and backup) Looking Glass. Brings back memories, no closer than 10 no furthr than 60
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 10:58:38 PM EDT
Wow!! Thanks for the great photos!

And that’s an incredible collection that they’ve got. I can’t believe that – for all practical purposes – they’ve got three Connies!!

It’s obviously unavoidable, but it’s a shame everything is outdoors.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 11:06:14 PM EDT
That place is teh coolest! Do they still have the SR71 in there? Nice job marrying a girl thats cool with all that.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 11:28:54 PM EDT
I went to that museum last Tuesday, it was awesome. I have a lot of pictures of the same planes you do, but I was showing this thread to my girlfriend and it was cool to show her some of the stuff I didn't get pictures of. Thanks for sharing them.

Digitial
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 11:34:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/31/2005 11:37:49 PM EDT by Silver_Surfer]
How many miles did you end up walking?
Thanks!
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 11:35:26 PM EDT
Wow.. they have a lot more cool stuff there now. Last time I was there was '86.

Great pics.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 11:39:21 PM EDT
I've been there twice and I still haven't been in the POTUS Connie
Somebody needs to post pics of the B-47 Hustler. The Coolest bomber of all time.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 12:18:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Silver_Surfer:
How many miles did you end up walking?
Thanks!



It was a little bit.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 12:51:33 AM EDT
its sad how those planes wont fly again....


Link Posted: 8/1/2005 12:59:07 AM EDT
Thanks for sharing that, nice pictures.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 2:55:40 AM EDT
And you can walk right up to them? That is the way a museum should be.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:57:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 4:21:31 AM EDT
That's the flying guppy. It was used to transport rockets IIRC.

Nice pics. Looks like they have more aircraft there than any of the museums I've been too.

That SR-71 Blackbird is amazingly BIG, huh? I couldn't believe how huge that sum-bitch is.

Sad to see the Piazecki in such dis-repair.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:12:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pcsutton:

Sad to see the Piazecki in such dis-repair.



The first model I ever made as a kid was a Flying Banana. Such a unique helo, but you can definitely see the lineage to the Chinook.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:17:11 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:19:30 AM EDT
Wow. Great pics. thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:20:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pcsutton:
That SR-71 Blackbird is amazingly BIG, huh? I couldn't believe how huge that sum-bitch is.

I had the exact opposite impression when I first saw one at Wright-Pat. I thought the plane was rather small.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:22:18 AM EDT
Strange how every cockpit is painted or sealed...I assume that is to keep the inside of the cockpits from cooking?

And what the hell is that beast with the single engine and contra-rotating props? The one with your wife standing under the wing?
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:25:13 AM EDT
Where exactly is this place? Trying to find it with GoogleEarth. Is it Davis Monthan AFB? Any GPS coordinates?
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:33:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RenegadeX:
Where exactly is this place? Trying to find it with GoogleEarth. Is it Davis Monthan AFB? Any GPS coordinates?



It's not officially a part of Davis Monthan, but they're right next to each other.

Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:36:23 AM EDT
Why is it that so many parts of the plains appear to be a different colour? Sort of a flat, light grey. Is it to prevent the cockpits from overheating?

Did you see the place where they destroy B52s to appease the Russians?
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:39:01 AM EDT
I love the Pima museum. Did you go in the building with the B-17? They have a lot of great pictures and all of the detials for their missions are on the walls.

I would love to take a tour through the boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB. After I was at Pima, I found out that they have boneyard tours on certain Sundays.

Wright Patterson in Dayton, Ohio is also a museum not to be missed.

Thanks for the pictures!
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:40:31 AM EDT
i can see that place from my backyard
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:49:55 AM EDT
It is a great museum, with a lot of stuff inside huge hangars too. I have been there three times and still haven't seen it all. A B-36 peacemaker has been delivered to Tucson, but is not on display yet. It is a 6 propellor pusher that SAC used.

See if this pic works:
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:55:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/1/2005 8:03:45 AM EDT by wildearp]

Originally Posted By BlairHous:
Why is it that so many parts of the plains appear to be a different colour? Sort of a flat, light grey. Is it to prevent the cockpits from overheating?

Did you see the place where they destroy B52s to appease the Russians?



This was for the SALT or SALTII agreement, to appease both sides. This is the bone yard, and the bus tour, some of which was pictured above with planes on celebrity row, usually goes to that side of the base too. The B52s for that case were all melted down, but there are plenty of them left out there, along with tons of C141s, C130s, C-5s, and a bunch of other stuff.

A misnomer is calling it a bone yard. Most planes fly into the place and can be flown out. Some are scrapped for parts, but many end up being sold. The AMARC bus tour has very limited dates and times and you usually need a reservation, so plan ahead and make some phone calls if you go.

There is also a guided tram tour of the air museum, which is a great way to start out, especially if it is a typical 'hot' day. Take the tour and then cool of in the hangars.

As far as the covered cockpits, the UV from the sun will destroy the canopies, and fade and crack the instruments and seats in the aircraft. Many of the fighters in the rows are flight capable, and are just in storage. AMARC is the name of the storage facility, which is attached to the DMAFB. amarc linky

Titan missiles are stored there too!!!

AMARC Aerial Image Gallery Linky
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 8:31:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By wildearp:
It is a great museum, with a lot of stuff inside huge hangars too. I have been there three times and still haven't seen it all. A B-36 peacemaker has been delivered to Tucson, but is not on display yet. It is a 6 propellor pusher that SAC used.

See if this pic works:
content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/e/e7/300px-Convair_B-36.jpg



They have a B36 at the SAC Museum & it's one heck of an aircraft!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 8:49:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Is that last pic of a Thunderchief?

Always liked those.



With the rear cockpit it's an F-105G Wild Weasel.

A friend's Dad was a backseater in those. It took a big man to fly those missions. The idea was to get the SAM site to paint you with their radar so you could shoot a HARM back at them.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 8:57:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/1/2005 9:02:31 AM EDT by DzlBenz]

Originally Posted By pzjgr:
Strange how every cockpit is painted or sealed...I assume that is to keep the inside of the cockpits from cooking?

And what the hell is that beast with the single engine and contra-rotating props? The one with your wife standing under the wing?

This one?


It's a French British (sorry!) carrier-based anti-submarine warfare plane. The manufacturer and designation escape me at the moment, but I will update shortly.

Fairey Gannet
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 8:59:15 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 9:10:03 AM EDT
In the photo of the Fairey Gannet, note that at the left of the image, the tail of ex-NASA Boeing KC-135A "N931NA" - "Weightless Wonder V" can be seen. This was one of NASA's "Vomit Comet" aircraft.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 9:25:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MMcCall:

Originally Posted By RenegadeX:
Where exactly is this place? Trying to find it with GoogleEarth. Is it Davis Monthan AFB? Any GPS coordinates?



It's not officially a part of Davis Monthan, but they're right next to each other.

www.pimaair.org/pasm/images/map.jpg



Found it. Thanks!
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 10:33:54 AM EDT
Another great stop in that area is the Titan II missle silo tour...the Boneyard, PIMA, and the Titan II make for a great way to spend a day.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 5:52:41 PM EDT
ttt
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:06:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 199:
Wow!! Thanks for the great photos!

And that’s an incredible collection that they’ve got. I can’t believe that – for all practical purposes – they’ve got three Connies!!

It’s obviously unavoidable, but it’s a shame everything is outdoors.



I agree, but the SR-71 should be indoors.
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