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Pima Air and Space News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mary E Emich
Director of Marketing, Sales and Visitor Services
Arizona Aerospace Foundation
6000 East Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ  85756
Phone 520 574-0462
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PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM, DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE AND THE 309TH AMARG OFFER THE FIRST EVER SATURDAY “BONEYARD” GUIDED TOUR FOR “WORKING” TUCSONANS!

Tucson—Aug. 22, 2013 Pima Air & Space Museum, who operates the often-sold-out docent-guided bus tours of the “Boneyard”/309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group/309 AMARG on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, announced the first ever Saturday tours for Sat., Aug. 31st created specifically to show support for working Tucsonans.

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group or 309 AMARG, commonly referred to as the “Boneyard,” operates to sustain U.S. and allied warfighters. Instituted in April 1946, immediately after WW II, AMARG has grown to become the storage, regeneration and “recycling” center for all U.S. military branches’ aircraft, federal agencies including NASA. The group, located on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, currently has more than 4,000 airplanes on a 2,600-acre (or 4-square-mile) facility. Five elements make up their overall mission; those elements include:

    • aircraft reactivation (also called “regeneration”) – meaning returning aircraft to flying status.
    • aircraft overhaul – or limited depot-level maintenance,
    • aircraft storage, perhaps the most visible mission,
    • aircraft parts reclamation, and
    • aircraft disposal.

Having a closer “inside-the-fence” view of the vast array (for comparison, more planes in one location than exist on the entire continent of Australia) has always been in high demand. In 1999 D-M in conjunction with AMARG awarded operation of tours to the Pima Air & Space Museum. These tours run during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, not including Federal Holidays. However, normal business hours are when many Tucsonans work.

Thanks to the coordination of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AMARG and the museum, with volunteer airmen manning the security gates, on “Labor Saturday” –the Saturday of the Labor Day Weekend¬¬–Pima Air & Space Museum is offering docent-guided air-conditioned-bus tours of the “Boneyard.” Prices will be:

    • special savings ($5) for Pima County residents (Aug. 31 only)
    • $7 for non-Pima-County adults
    • $4 children ages 8-12
(the tour is not recommended for children age 7 & under).
Admission to Pima Air & Space Museum, recently reduced to only $12.25 for Pima County residents, is not required however telephone reservations are (call 520 574-4762), in addition to the regular security procedures for entering a U.S. Air Force Base:
    • government-issued photo identification (such as a driver's license, military ID or passport) is required for all persons 16 years of age and older.
    • check in a minimum of one hour before the start of the tour.
    • the Air Force prohibits the carrying of firearms, weapons, illegal substances, backpacks, camera cases, and other non-essential items on the AMARG tour. Carry-on items may include a small camera without the case, and a small purse or fanny/belt pack. All items will be visually inspected before boarding the bus.
    • the bus will stop for photo ops on base however everyone will remain on the bus and all photos taken through the windows.
The tours, to be offered at 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3pm, take approximately 90 minutes. Walk-up tickets will be available on a very limited basis beginning when the museum opens at 9am.

This event was designed to thank the local Tucson community for their support and for embracing the "Boneyard" as a local icon for more than 67 years. It is hoped that this outreach opens the door for many hard-working neighbors to take advantage of a rare opportunity to view the broad range of aircraft and items of interest the Aerospace Regeneration and Maintenance Group workforce maintains, and experience firsthand this nation's past and present airpower display.

“We are delighted to offer this frequently-requested tour on a Saturday,” stated Yvonne Morris, Executive Director of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation that operates the Pima Air & Space Museum, “and truly appreciate the extra effort to make this community-event happen by everyone at Davis-Monthan, 309 AMARG, the airmen, our staff and volunteers.”

ABOUT 309 AMARG
309 AMARG is a modern, high-tech industrial facility providing a broad range of aircraft and aerospace vehicle support services to the U.S government and foreign allies. Services include aircraft and aerospace vehicle storage, parts reclamation, regeneration (restoration to flight capability), limited aircraft depot level maintenance) and aircraft disposal. AMARG's primary mission or role is to provide maintenance and asset regeneration for sustainment of the warfighter.

ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Be wowed at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world and the largest non-government-funded in the U.S. (TripAdvisor ranks it in the Top 10% worldwide for excellent ratings.) Its significant collection, 300 strong from around the globe, covers commercial, military and civil aviation alongside more than 125,000+ artifacts, including a moon rock donated by Tucsonan and Astronaut Frank Borman. Be amazed by many all-time great aircraft: the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane); a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster plus carried more bombs); the world’s smallest bi-plane; the C-54 (the Berlin Airlift’s star flown by the famous “Candy Bomber” Col. USAF (Ret.) Gail Halvorsen, a Tucson-area winter resident); plus planes used as renowned-contemporary-artists’ canvases, including Brazilian graffiti artist Nunca. Explore five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 indoor square feet—almost four football fields¬—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena. Two+ hangars are dedicated to WWII, one each to the European and Pacific theaters. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center. It also operates exclusive tours of the “Boneyard,” aka the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (309 AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, plus offers a docent-led tram tour of its 80 acres (additional fees apply). Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd., just off I-10 exit 267, in Tucson. More information can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook, or by calling 520 574-0462.

Note: The 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Memorial Museum is closed for reconstruction until further notice.

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    • PASMAMARGtourCBentleyKHollett.jpg = Pima Air & Space Museum docents Christina Bentley and Ken Hollett checking ID and inspecting “Boneyard” bus tour passengers’ small carry-ons as they board
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    • PASM_AMARG_F_16Rows = Rows of F-16 fighter planes as seen on the tour

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Pima Air & Space Museum docents Christina Bentley and Ken Hollett checking ID and inspecting “Boneyard” bus tour passengers’ small carry-ons as they board. Photo by mee.

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Cargo planes/C-130s at AMARG as seen on the tour. Photo by John Saunders.

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Line up of fighter planes noses/F-16s at AMARG as seen on the tour

Pima Air and Space News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mary E Emich
Director of Marketing, Sales and Visitor Services
Arizona Aerospace Foundation
6000 East Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ  85756
Phone 520 574-0462
email

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PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES "FIND THE DISNEY© PLANES' PLANES" AND PHYSICS FACTORY FOR ITS FINAL "NIGHT WINGS" PROGRAM THIS SUMMER

TUCSON—Aug. 8, 2013. The Pima Air & Space Museum announces “Find The Disney© Planes’ Planes” Scavenger Hunt and the Physics Factory as the special features during its third and final “Night Wings” summer evening program Sat., Aug. 24th, 5 to 9pm.

Pima Air & Space Museum features planes (and vehicles) that inspired 12 of the 14 main characters in the new Disney animated comedy adventure, Planes, including the newly unveiled F-18 Hornet/Blue Angel (Echo and Bravo), the Vought F-4U Corsair (Skipper), a Snow crop duster (Dusty), a Rutan Long-EZ (Ishani), a V-tailed Bonanza (Rochelle), even Dottie and Chug! During Night Wings, kids will be rewarded with stickers when they locate each of the real planes that inspired the characters in the movie. “The movie is amazingly accurate regarding aviation science and milestones,” commented Mina Stafford, Curator of Education, “so bring your kids to see the real planes to maximize their enthusiasm and learning.”

The Physics Factory, an outshoot of the University of Arizona Physics Phun, grabs kids’ (and adults’) attention with huge sparks, invisible forces, smoke, lasers, and other amazing phenomena making physics interesting and fun. Bruce Bayly, PhD, and Physics Factory instructor claims, “We use everyday objects in our hands-on learning stations and mentoring environments, to demystify science and to help students appreciate their amazing world.”

Plus the museum will have 12 other tables of aviation activities: impact craters, sampling space food (ice cream, YUM!), climbing in the cockpit of the Shooting Star high-speed jet trainer (mentioned in the movie), plane spotting, a coloring/drawing contest and prizes too, including a chance to win a free family membership.

These activities are in addition to the museum’s fantastic planes contrasted by the setting sun and inside almost four football fields of hangars. So join us, rain or shine! Adults only $10. Kids 12 & under are FREE. For only $4 more you can ride the tram and breeze around the 150 planes on the grounds (departure at 5:30 and 6:15 pm). Great food—burgers, salads, pizza and ice cream—will be available in The Fight Grill.

ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Be wowed at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world and the largest non-government-funded in the U.S. (TripAdvisor ranks it in the Top 10% worldwide for excellent ratings.) Its significant collection, 300 strong from around the globe, covers commercial, military and civil aviation alongside more than 125,000+ artifacts, including a moon rock donated by Tucsonan and Astronaut Frank Borman. Be amazed by many all-time great aircraft: the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane); a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster plus carried more bombs); the world’s smallest bi-plane; the C-54 (the Berlin Airlift’s star flown by the famous “Candy Bomber” Col. USAF (Ret.) Gail Halvorsen, a Tucson-area winter resident); plus planes used as renowned-contemporary-artists’ canvases, including Brazilian graffiti artist Nunca. Explore five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 indoor square feet—almost four football fields¬—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena. Two+ hangars are dedicated to WWII, one each to the European and Pacific theaters. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center. It also operates exclusive tours of the “Boneyard,” aka the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, plus offers a docent-led tram tour of its 80 acres (additional fees apply). Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd., just off I-10 exit 267, in Tucson. More information can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook www.facebook.com/PimaAirAndSpace, or by calling 520 574-0462.

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Pima Air and Space News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mary E Emich
Director of Marketing, Sales and Visitor Services
Arizona Aerospace Foundation
6000 East Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ  85756
Phone 520 574-0462
email

Download PDF

"KITTY HAWK" THE WRIGHT BROTHER FILM AIRING MONDAY AT THE PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM!

Tucson, AZ–Aug. 16, 2013. To commemorate National Aviation Day (Orville Wright’s birthday on Aug. 19), Pima Air & Space Museum will serve FREE birthday cake Monday and show the official Wright Brothers’ National Memorial film “Kitty Hawk: the Wright Brothers’ Journey of Invention.” The 115-minute movie, depicting how the Wrights developed the first successful “heavier-than-air” flying machine, features the voices of Neil Armstrong and John Glenn as Orville and Wilbur Wright. This “gripping tale of hardship, perseverance and spectacular triumph,” according to the jacket cover, will be shown at 10am and 1pm in the Dorothy Finley Space Gallery Education Room. The DVD will also be available for purchase during the month of August in the Pima Air & Space Museum Store. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Wright Brothers’ National Memorial to show the beginning of aviation,” stated Mina Stafford, Curator of Education at the Pima Air & Space Museum. “It’s amazing how two Midwestern bicycle mechanics with no formal training accomplished this world-changing feat,” she continued. Pima Air & Space Museum displays a replica of the Wright Flyer complete with a manikin to demonstrate the hip-controlled yaw (aka lateral motion/rudder), key to the Flyer’s and the Wright’s Brothers’ success.

Other “included in the price of admissions” special National Aviation Day activities are an open cock pit/photo op (the T-33) and FREE birthday cake (limited quantities, first-come-first served) in Flight Grill. Arizona Aerospace Foundation members will receive an unprecedented extra 10% off in the museum shop on Aug. 19th only (for a total of 20% savings, even on summer clearance items!).

ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Be wowed at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world and the largest non-government-funded in the U.S. (TripAdvisor ranks it in the Top 10% worldwide for excellent ratings.) Its significant collection, 300 strong from around the globe, covers commercial, military and civil aviation alongside more than 125,000+ artifacts, including a moon rock donated by Tucsonan and Astronaut Frank Borman. Be amazed by many all-time great aircraft: the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane); a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster plus carried more bombs); the world’s smallest bi-plane; the C-54 (the Berlin Airlift’s star flown by the famous “Candy Bomber” Col. USAF (Ret.) Gail Halvorsen, a Tucson-area winter resident); plus planes used as renowned-contemporary-artists’ canvases, including Brazilian graffiti artist Nunca. Explore five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 indoor square feet—almost four football fields¬—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena. Two+ hangars are dedicated to WWII, one each to the European and Pacific theaters. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center. It also operates exclusive tours of the “Boneyard,” aka the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, plus offers a docent-led tram tour of its 80 acres (additional fees apply). Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd., just off I-10 exit 267, in Tucson. More information can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook www.facebook.com/PimaAirAndSpace, or by calling 520 574-0462.

Note: The 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Memorial Museum, located on the Pima Air & Space Museum grounds, is closed for reconstruction until further notice.

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Pima Air and Space News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mary E Emich
Director of Marketing, Sales and Visitor Services
Arizona Aerospace Foundation
6000 East Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ  85756
Phone 520 574-0462
email

Download PDF

WITH THE BRITISH IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, PIMA AIR & SPACE UNVEILS THE "HIND" SOVIET HELICOPTER, THEIR FIRST FOREIGN CHOPPER.

Tucson, AZ–Aug. 5, 2013. The Arizona Aerospace Foundation and the Imperial War Museum of England have unveiled a unique, Soviet-design helicopter at the Pima Air & Space Museum: the MIL Mi-24 Hind-D helicopter. The historic helicopter is on permanent loan from the Imperial War Museum. The successful partnership involved conquering the major endeavors of negotiation, dismantling and shipping the Mi-24 Hind helicopter across the world to Tucson, AZ. After reassembly and restoration, the helicopter is currently on display. This “import” is unlike any Western helicopter and is currently the only non-American helicopter in the Pima Air & Space Museum’s collection.

The MIL Mi-24 Hind-D, serial number B4002, was born in the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and delivered to the East German Air Force around 1977. Also known as the “Hind,” it served on an East German flying unit that was based at Cottbus Air Base during the reunification of Germany in 1990. The helicopter was taken into service with the reunified German Air Force and given the number 96+21. By 1993, Germany was disposing of most of its Soviet-built aircraft, and the B4002 was donated to the Imperial War Museum in the United Kingdom. It was put on display in Duxford until last year when the museum began collaboration with the Pima Air & Space Museum to bring the helicopter to Tucson. Its current markings are “East German Air Force, 1990.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with the Imperial War Museum and bring this unique aircraft to America,” Scott Marchand, Director of Collections and Restoration, of the Pima Air & Space Museum said. He continued, “This helicopter is unlike any Western helicopter ever built, so it’s an intriguing contrast to the museum’s other helicopters.”

The Hind was built to pull double duty by combining the features of a heavily armed and armored helicopter gunship with the troop carrying capability of a light-assault helicopter. In 1970, production and deployment of the helicopter to Soviet forces began. It was also widely sold to the Soviet Union’s allies. The Hind first saw combat in 1977 in Ethiopia during its war with Somalia. The helicopter gained stardom during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan during the 1980s. The Hind proved difficult to shoot down, and its combat prowess helped lead the United States into supplying direct military aid to the Afghans. The Hind has managed to survive the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, and is still in service in the Russian military and 30 other countries.

Technical Specifications:
Main Rotor Diameter: 56 feet 7 inches
Length: 57 feet 4 inches
Height: 21 feet 3 inches
Weight: 26,500 lb (loaded)
Maximum Speed: 208 mph
Service Ceiling: 14,750 feet
Range: 280 miles
Engines: Two IsotovTV3-117 turbines with 2,200 horse power each
Crew: 2 and 8 troops

ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Be wowed at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world and the largest non-government-funded in the U.S. Its significant collection, 300 strong from around the globe, covers commercial, military and civil aviation alongside more than 125,000+ artifacts, including a moon rock donated by Tucsonan and Astronaut Frank Borman. Be amazed by many all-time great aircraft: the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane); a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster plus carried more bombs); the world’s smallest bi-plane; the C-54 (the Berlin Airlift’s star flown by the famous “Candy Bomber” Col. USAF (Ret.) Gail Halvorsen, a Tucson-area winter resident); plus planes used as renowned-contemporary-artists’ canvases, including Brazilian graffiti artist Nunca. Explore five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 indoor square feet—almost four football fields¬—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena including the largest paper airplane (our work). Two+ hangars are dedicated to WWII, one each to the European and Pacific theaters. Pima Air & Space even maintains its own aircraft restoration center. The museum also operates exclusive tours of the “Boneyard,” aka the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, plus offers a docent-led tram tour of its 80 acres (additional fees apply). Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd., just off I-10 exit 267, in Tucson. More information can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook www.facebook.com/PimaAirAndSpace, or by calling 520 574-0462.

Note: The 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Memorial Museum is closed for reconstruction until further notice.


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Attachments: photos by John Bezosky

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The fully restored MIL Mi-24 Hind-D Helicopter

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Hind Mi-24 during the restoration process carried out by Pima Air & Space Museum staff and volunteers

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Hind Mi-24 being painted in restoration

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Hind Mi-24 getting a top coat of paint in restoration

 

Pima Air and Space News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mary E Emich
Director of Marketing, Sales and Visitor Services
Arizona Aerospace Foundation
6000 East Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ  85756
Phone 520 574-0462
email

Download PDF

PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM UNVEILS SLEEK BLUE ANGEL F-18 HORNET

Tucson—Aug. 1, 2013. Pima Air & Space Museum unveiled its recently-acquired McDonnell-Douglas (Boeing) F/A-18A Hornet, with the paint scheme of a U.S. Navy Blue Angel.

The Hornet was developed in the mid-1970s as a replacement for the F-4 Phantom and the A-7 Corsair that were then in use by the U.S. Navy and Marines as ground attack aircraft. The F/A-18 was derived from the YF-17 that had competed for the U.S. Air Force contract that resulted in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The YF-17 was redesigned to add more fuel, folding wings, and strengthened landing gear among other changes to adapt it for use from aircraft carriers. The first production versions of the Hornet went into service with the Navy and Marines in 1983. Most of the early F/A-18A Hornets have been retired but some continue to fly with Navy and Marine training squadrons. The F/A-18C and the newest F/A-18E and F Super Hornets are the primary fighters and attack aircraft for the US Navy and Marines. Hornets have been sold to several foreign nations including Australia, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Kuwait, and Malaysia.

The F/A-18 was adopted by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerial demonstration team in 1986 and still is flying today. It has now served with the team for 26 years. That makes it the longest serving aircraft type to fly with the Navy’s aerial demonstration team.

The plane, a model caricaturized by two of Disney’s main characters—Echo and Bravo— in the new animated movie, “Planes,” is placed prominently in the row of U.S. Naval Fighters (enabling Flight Grill restaurant patrons to admire it while dining).

James Stemm, Pima Air & Space Museum Curator of Collections, commented, “We have been working long and hard to secure the F/A-18A. It truly enhances our collection. We are grateful to our partners, the U.S. Navy, for this aircraft.”

Current Markings: U.S. Navy Blue Angels, 2012

Service History:
Built by McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft, St. Louis, Missouri and delivered to the U.S. Navy. (Service history not yet available.)

Technical Specifications:
Wingspan: 40 ft.
Length: 56 ft.
Height: 15 ft. 4 in.
Weight: 36,970 pounds (loaded)
Maximum Speed: Mach 1.8
Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft.
Range: 1,089 miles
Engines: Two General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofans with 16,000 pounds of thrust
Crew: 1

ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Be wowed at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world and the largest non-government-funded in the U.S. Its significant collection, 300 strong from around the globe, covers commercial, military and civil aviation alongside more than 125,000+ artifacts, including a moon rock donated by Tucsonan and Astronaut Frank Borman. Be amazed by many all-time great aircraft: the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane); a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster plus carried more bombs); the world’s smallest bi-plane; the C-54 (the Berlin Airlift’s star flown by the famous “Candy Bomber” Col. USAF (Ret.) Gail Halvorsen, a Tucson-area winter resident); plus planes used as renowned-contemporary-artists’ canvases, including Brazilian graffiti artist Nunca. Explore five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 indoor square feet—almost four football fields¬—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena including the largest paper airplane (our work). Two+ hangars are dedicated to WWII, one each to the European and Pacific theaters. Pima Air & Space even maintains its own aircraft restoration center. The museum also operates exclusive tours of the “Boneyard,” aka the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, plus offers a docent-led tram tour of its 80 acres (additional fees apply). Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd., just off I-10 exit 267, in Tucson. More information can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook www.facebook.com/PimaAirAndSpace, or by calling 520 574-0462.

Attachment: PASMF-18.jpg; Photo by John Bezosky.

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