American Airlines had a pretty good fare ($225 IAD-DFW-TUS) running to Tucson so I decided to pull the trigger and book a weekend trip back in January.
This is was my first time actually visiting Tucson and I wasn’t exactly sure what I would do there. I had remembered talking to an older lady on a plane and she mentioned her husband was a volunteer at the Pima County Air and Space Museum. I decided to look up this place on the web and I found out that this is in fact one of the larger aviation museums in the county. Being Plane crazy, I make an effort to visit all things aviation and having visited the Smithsonian Air and Space museums (DC, and Udvar Hazey), the Evergreen Aviation Museum in Oregon, as well the Boeing Factory and Boeing Field, I was curious how this museum would compare.
Turns out this place is very much in the same league as the others I just mentioned. This was a sprawling place with dozens of old planes from the past. Including some
Mighty midget planes.
Former Presidential Planes
Planes that Shipped Rocket Parts for the Space Program.
All kinds of interesting military aircraft.
This museum is located right next to the “The Boneyard” otherwise known as Davis- Monmouth Air Force Base. During weekdays you can buy a ticket for a tour of the “The Boneyard” which is where the US Airforce keeps it mothballed aircraft for storage. Unfortunately I visited on a sunday when the tour does not operate. I guess I know what I’m doing the next time I visit Tucson on a weekday.