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Pima Air & Space Museum

February 22, 2018 Thursday – Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson

2018 Southern Arizona and Astronomy

I drive over to the Pima Air & Space Museum and spend several hours there on my last day in Tucson before I return home tomorrow. I took the tram tour last year when I visited Pima, and I take it again, since it is the most efficient way to see the huge number of aircraft on display outside. I check out Hanger 5, which has new aircraft displayed: a Spitfire, a PBY/Canso amphibian and a Mitchell bomber.

The other hangers have much the same displays, but I experience them again in a new way, since I take far fewer photos than I did last year. This gives me lots of time to delve a bit deeper into the more interesting aircraft and skip others without feeling I’m missing something. I have a nice lunch in the cafeteria before driving back to the hotel in the afternoon.

My online gallery contains photos taken in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

  • Solar panels on the parking lot roofs
    Solar panels on the parking lot roofs
  • Closeup of an electrical box for the solar panels
    Closeup of an electrical box for the solar panels
  • Wiring and electrical boxes for the solar panels
    Wiring and electrical boxes for the solar panels
  • A white Model S 90D parked beside my Model S75D under the solar canopy
    A white Model S 90D parked beside my Model S75D under the solar canopy
  • Diane Bell, Matt Watson and Reg Dunkley in front of the Space Shuttle booster and Pima Air Museum sign
    Diane Bell, Matt Watson and Reg Dunkley in front of the Space Shuttle booster and Pima Air Museum sign
  • Reg Dunkley and Matt Watson in front of the Space Shuttle booster rocket with the infamous Morton Thiokol  o-rings
    Reg Dunkley and Matt Watson in front of the Space Shuttle booster rocket with the infamous Morton Thiokol o-rings
  • Joe's selfie at the Pima Air Museum
    Joe’s selfie at the Pima Air Museum
  • Bell UH-1C *UH-1M) Iroquois (Huey) helicopter
    Bell UH-1C *UH-1M) Iroquois (Huey) helicopter
  • Engine in the Bell UH-1C (UH-1M) Iroquois (Huey)
    Engine in the Bell UH-1C (UH-1M) Iroquois (Huey)
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II
    McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II
    McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II
  • Canadair Sabre Mk. V
    Canadair Sabre Mk. V
  • Lockheed Model 10A Electra
    Lockheed Model 10A Electra
  • Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
    Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
  • Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
    Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
  • Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird engine
    Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird engine
  • Consolidated B-24J 'Liberator'
    Consolidated B-24J ‘Liberator’
  • Consolidated B-24J 'Liberator'
    Consolidated B-24J ‘Liberator’
  • Looking up inside the bomb bay of the Consolidated B-24J 'Liberator'
    Looking up inside the bomb bay of the Consolidated B-24J ‘Liberator’
  • Inside the bomb bay of the Consolidated B-24J 'Liberator'
    Inside the bomb bay of the Consolidated B-24J ‘Liberator’
  • Consolidated B-24J 'Liberator'
    Consolidated B-24J ‘Liberator’
  • McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F/A 18A Hornet figher bomber
    McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F/A 18A Hornet figher bomber
  • Boeing B-52D Stratofortress bomber
    Boeing B-52D Stratofortress bomber
  • Vickers 744 Viscount airliner
    Vickers 744 Viscount airliner
  • Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-R
    Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-R
  • Douglas VC-118A
    Douglas VC-118A
  • Convair B-36 Peacemaker
    Convair B-36 Peacemaker
  • Convair B-36 Peacemaker
    Convair B-36 Peacemaker
  • Convair B-36 Peacemaker
    Convair B-36 Peacemaker
  • Boeing B-52G Stratofortress bomber
    Boeing B-52G Stratofortress bomber
  • Landing gear of Boeing B-52G Stratofortress bomber
    Landing gear of Boeing B-52G Stratofortress bomber
  • Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (Skycrane) heavy lift helicopter
    Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (Skycrane) heavy lift helicopter
  • Fairey AEW.3 Gannet
    Fairey AEW.3 Gannet
  • Sepecat Jaguar GR.1 fighter-bomber
    Sepecat Jaguar GR.1 fighter-bomber
  • Boeing B-17 bomber
    Boeing B-17 bomber
  • Bomb bay
    Bomb bay
  • Front guns and gunner
    Front guns and gunner
  • Cockpit and top gunner
    Cockpit and top gunner
  • Side gunner & inside fuselage
    Side gunner & inside fuselage
  • B-17 bomber
    B-17 bomber
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner nose-on
    Boeing 787 Dreamliner nose-on
  • Wing against the Sun
    Wing against the Sun
  • Rolls Royce engine
    Rolls Royce engine
  • Rolls Royce engine
    Rolls Royce engine
  • Petal engine cowling of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
    Petal engine cowling of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
  • Landing gear
    Landing gear
  • Lockheed L-049 Constellation airliner
    Lockheed L-049 Constellation airliner
  • Lockheed L-049 Constellation airliner
    Lockheed L-049 Constellation airliner
  • Airline cabin service memorabilia
    Airline cabin service memorabilia
  • Rationing memorabilia
    Rationing memorabilia
  • Joe inside a Boeing 720B cockpit simulator
    Joe inside a Boeing 720B cockpit simulator
  • The Crescent Moon between three blades of the Sikorsky CH-54A helicopter
    The Crescent Moon between three blades of the Sikorsky CH-54A helicopter
  • Sikorsky CH-54A heavy lift transport helicopter
    Sikorsky CH-54A heavy lift transport helicopter
  • Engine, blades and winches
    Engine, blades and winches
  • Gunner's nacel beside the M-25 Mitchell
    Gunner’s nacel beside the M-25 Mitchell
  • Sighting scope on a B-25 Mitchell bomber
    Sighting scope on a B-25 Mitchell bomber
  • Engine from a SR-71 Blackbird
    Engine from a SR-71 Blackbird
  • McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F/a-18A Hornet figher bomber
    McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F/a-18A Hornet figher bomber
  • Andrew Schoultz Spy Tiger, 2012 - acrylic on Lockheed VC-140
    Andrew Schoultz Spy Tiger, 2012 – acrylic on Lockheed VC-140
  • Budd RB-1 Conestoga Transport
    Budd RB-1 Conestoga Transport
  • Douglas DC-10 with Orbis markings
    Douglas DC-10 with Orbis markings
  • Douglas DC-10 with Orbis markings
    Douglas DC-10 with Orbis markings
  • Douglas A-24B Banshee
    Douglas A-24B Banshee
  • Consolidated Model 28-5AMC Canso A (PBY-5A Catalina)
    Consolidated Model 28-5AMC Canso A (PBY-5A Catalina)
  • Consolidated Model 28-5AMC Canso A (PBY-5A Catalina)
    Consolidated Model 28-5AMC Canso A (PBY-5A Catalina)
  • Consolidated Model 28-5AMC Canso A (PBY-5A Catalina)
    Consolidated Model 28-5AMC Canso A (PBY-5A Catalina)
  • Spitfire in the foreground of Hanger 5
    Spitfire in the foreground of Hanger 5
  • Spitfire
    Spitfire
  • Supermarine Spitfire FR. XIVe & Rolls-Royce Griffon 65 engine
    Supermarine Spitfire FR. XIVe & Rolls-Royce Griffon 65 engine
  • Rolls-Royce Griffon 65 engine
    Rolls-Royce Griffon 65 engine
  • Hawker Hurricane
    Hawker Hurricane
  • Hawker Hurricane tail markings
    Hawker Hurricane tail markings
  • Douglas A-24B Banshee
    Douglas A-24B Banshee
  • Lockheed VC-121A
    Lockheed VC-121A
  • Jacobs J-755 Radial Engine, 1943
    Jacobs J-755 Radial Engine, 1943
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-28 Fulcrum A Interceptor
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-28 Fulcrum A Interceptor
  • Avro AEW Mk 3 Shackelton airborne early warning
    Avro AEW Mk 3 Shackelton airborne early warning
  • Boeing VC-137B VIP Transport 'Freedom One'
    Boeing VC-137B VIP Transport ‘Freedom One’
  • ITEK KA-80 optical bar camera
    ITEK KA-80 optical bar camera
  • Grumman F-14A Tomcat
    Grumman F-14A Tomcat
  • Hughes OH-5A Cayuse helicopter
    Hughes OH-5A Cayuse helicopter
  • Bede BD-5J "Microjet"
    Bede BD-5J “Microjet”
  • Pratt & Whitney R-1340 radial
    Pratt & Whitney R-1340 radial
  • Pratt & Whitney R-1340 radial
    Pratt & Whitney R-1340 radial
  • Phoenix Mars Lander scale model
    Phoenix Mars Lander scale model
  • Mercury capsule
    Mercury capsule
  • X-Plane
    X-Plane

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