Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona
Last year we were over the moon when we visited Tucson. It’s a short distance from where we live so we figured, why not? Tucson is the home of the University of Arizona, where Steph’s dad attended school back in the day. It is also where the Pima Air and Space Museum is located. We almost left town without visiting it, but luckily we took a chance on this museum (thanks to its great online reviews). We spent a few hours there and loved every minute!
Fly high with us as we introduce you to the Pima Air and Space Museum
The Pima Air and Space Museum was founded around 1966 by Colonel I.R. Perkin and the Air Force Association. They came together to form the Tucson Air Museum Foundation which raised money for the museum site. Over the next decade they built their collection of aircrafts, helicopters, and missiles. It was finally opened to the public in 1976 and has grown tremendously ever since.
There are now four hangars filled with amazing aircrafts to see: plus an aircraft cemetery aka the boneyards. This museum is now one of the largest aviation museums in the country with over 100,000 square feet of displays and over 350 aircraft. Don’t miss out!
Zach was obviously in awe the entire visit because he loves anything with an engine. I (Steph) was a little skeptical of going to look at planes all freaking day...but surprisingly I loved it! I enjoyed seeing the large planes up close and reading about the history of each one.
Some of the highlights were seeing a SR-71 Blackbird, P-51 Mustang, F-4 Phantom, Blue Angels F-11A Tiger, and a few Air Force One aircraft, including the one used by JFK. Be sure to look at the F-14 Tomcat, aka Top Gun plane that Tom Cruise flew! Plus, checkout some of the fun names of the aircrafts like the “Bungay Buckaroo”, “Dirty Dawg”, and the “Bumble Bee” which is the smallest aircraft in the world.
It’s truly like walking through time. If you’re not fond of walking, you can catch one of the tram tours for $6. We didn’t have a hard time walking everything but if it’s a hot summer day, you may want to tram it or bring extra water.
How to Visit
Hours: 9am-5pm (last admission is 3pm)
Address: 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ