Here is the history of manned flight. Pima Air and Space Museum has over 300 historic aircraft on exhibit, including the Blackbird, a 1950’s design that still holds the speed record for coast to coast flight: imagine going from New York to Los Angeles in one hour.
When you purchase your ticket to the Air and Space Museum, you can also get a discounted price for the tour of the Titan Missile Museum. Both venues are highly recommended.
When you buy your tickets, be sure to ask the agent for tour times. The Museum offers separate outdoor and indoor tours led by knowledgeable docents, many of whom have flying experience with some of these relics.
Outdoor Tram Tour includes LBJ’s Air Force One, the seriously weird Super Guppy, a giant B-52, and a stop at the 390th Memorial Museum with its beautifully restored ‘Flying Fortress’.
Hangar 1 Guided Tour starts with the Wright Flyer and includes the Museum’s rarest airplanes. Here is where you will find the Lockheed SR-71 ‘Blackbird’ and many other historic aircraft.
World War II Aviation Guided Tour starts inside Hangar 3. Here are the B-24 ‘Liberator’ and Mitchell B-25, the aircraft used in the Doolittle raid on Tokyo.
Hanger 4 has an extraordinary collection of restored aircraft, including the B-29 ‘Superfortress’ and several very interesting WW II exhibits.
Each tour is free with paid admission and lasts about an hour.
The Dorothy Finley Space Gallery has four areas of exhibits, X-Planes, Space Race, Outer Space and Materials Technology.
The Museum has a new restaurant: The Flight Grille open 9:30 to 4:30. I haven’t eaten there yet, so I can’t vouch for it.
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