Pima Air and Space Museum

The Pima Air and Space Museum is the largest private museum of this type in the world.  In the United States, only the Smithsonian and Air Force Museum are larger.  It has more than 250 aircraft on about 80 acres of land.  The best way to get an overall appreciation of the various different aircraft is to take the guided tram tour.  One highlight of the tour is the SR-171 Blackbird, but the small plane used by Kennedy and Johnson on short hops is also very interesting.  The Guppy used by NASA is just plain weird looking.  While it's hard to believe this thing can fly, it does look better in NASA colors. And, if you've never seen a B-52, except in the movies, the picture in the lower right probably still won't give you a true appreciation for just how big this plane is.

 

 

 

 

 

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