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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 ANNOUNCES AN ASTONISHING ADDITION TO ITS INDOOR COLLECTION: THE RARE BELL P-39N AIRACOBRA

Tucson, AZ–Jun. 13, 2013. The Pima Air & Space Museum added a “recovered from the jungle” and newly restored aircraft to its Pacific–theater WWII Hangar: the rare Bell
P-39N Airacobra.

The Bell P-39N Airacobra, serial number 42-18814, began its life at Bell Aircraft’s factory in New York in April 1943. It was shipped to the 5th Air Force in New Guinea where it served until it crashed at Tadji Airfield on the northern coast of New Guinea. It was stripped of useful parts and shoved into the airfield’s surrounding jungle. For the next 30 years, it laid undisturbed as the jungle grew up over it. In 1974, it was recovered by an Australian aircraft fanatic named Charles Darby, who was contracted to recover wrecked aircraft from New Guinea and return them to America to be restored and displayed in museums.

When the P-39 first appeared in 1937 it was an unusual design. Among its many unorthodox design features are the mounting of the engine behind the pilot, the use of an automobile-type door on the side of the cockpit, and the tricycle landing gear. The Airacobra had good low-altitude performance, but suffered at high altitudes. Fortunately, the aircraft’s large, nose-mounted 37mm cannon made it a perfect ground attack aircraft. Large numbers of P-39s were exported to the Soviet Union where they were very popular in this role. The Airacobra was never popular in American or British service, but they still served in combat during the early stages of the war while more capable types were being designed and built. Current Markings: 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, New Guinea, 1944 with “Girlie” on its “automobile-type” door.

Service History
The P-39 was recovered from Tadji, New Guinea in 1974 by Charles Darby and his crew (who were contracted by David Tallichet, an American aircraft collector). The crew was tasked with recovering as many wrecked aircraft as possible from New Guinea and bringing them back to America. The 42-18814, along with numerous other Airacobra hulks, was laboriously disassembled and hauled out of the jungle by hand until it could be loaded onto trucks for the first leg of its trip back to the United States. Eventually arriving in Chino, California, the decades-long restoration of the plane began as it traveled to many museums and restoration shops. In 2004, the partially restored plane was placed on loan to the Pima Air & Space Museum for restoration and display. In 2010, staff and volunteers began the process of turning a pile of parts into a finished, restored, fighter plane. Three years later, the rebuilt and repainted aircraft joined the other World War II era aircraft displayed in the museum’s Hangar 4, representing the US Army Air Forces’ efforts in the Southwest Pacific.

Technical Specifications:
Wingspan: 34 ft
Length: 30 ft 2 in
Height: 12 ft 5 in
Weight: 8,300 lbs (loaded)
Maximum Speed: 385 miles per hour
Service Ceiling: 35,000 ft
Range: 650 miles
Engine: One Allison V-1710-85 12-cylinder engine with 1,200 horsepower
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. (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, 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: PASMBellP-39Njungle.jpg; PASMbellP-39NReconstruction.jpg, photo by John Bezosky; PASMBellP-39N. jpg, photo by John Bezosky

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Bell P-39 in the jungle

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 Bell P-39 being reconstructed

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Bell P-39 Airacobra

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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NEW PIMA COUNTY RESIDENT ENTRY FEE AT TITAN MISSILE MUSEUM! PLUS NEW LOWER FEE AT PIMA AIR AND SPACE

Tucson—May 3, 2013. The Arizona Aerospace Foundation announced that beginning Jun. 1, 2013 a new Pima County resident fee will be introduced for the Titan Missile Museum (only $8.50!). In addition, the Pima County resident entrance fee at Pima Air & Space Museum will be reduced to $12.25 (from $12.75). Yes, lower prices! That’s a one dollar savings for adults at Titan Missile Museum and $3.25 savings for adults at Pima Air & Space Museum versus regular adult admissions. Pima County officials and the AAF want local residents to explore and enjoy their local museums. “We are happy to see the Arizona Aerospace Foundation making a strong effort to invite Pima County residents to both of their unique and world-class museums,” states Tom Moulton, Director of Pima County Economic Development and Tourism.


Yvonne Morris, Executive Director of the AAF states, “We are pleased to offer our neighbors lower pricing and are glad the new pricing takes effect during the summer when you and your family can ‘beat the heat’ at both of the museums.” The Titan Missile Museum tours, included with every admission, take you thirty-five feet underground where it’s temperate year-round. Pima Air & Space offers almost four football fields of indoor air-cooled exhibit space full of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena to explore.

Children age 6 & under are free at both museums.


Other summer “beat the heat” opportunities for local residents and visitors alike are our cool Saturday evening summer programs with special kids’ activities from 5-9pm:

• Titan Missile Museum’s “Moonlight MADness” (Jun. 8, Jul. 13, Aug. 10, Sep. 14) when adult admission is only $7 and kids 12 & under (and members) are FREE. Space is limited for “Moonlight Madness;” advanced reservations are required, and are allotted on a first reserved, first served basis. For reservations email info@titanmissilemuseum.org or call 520 625-7736.
• Pima Air and Space Museum’s “Night Wings” (Jun. 22, Jul. 28, Aug. 25) when adult admission is only $10 and kids 12 & under (and members) are FREE. Touch 100 years of aviation history. Flight Grill will remain open.
More information regarding these events is forthcoming.

ABOUT THE TITAN MISSILE MUSEUM

The Titan Missile Museum is the only remaining Titan II site, open to the public, allowing you to relive a time when the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union was a reality. The Titan II was capable of launching from its underground silo in 58 seconds and could deliver a nine megaton thermonuclear warhead to its target more than 5,500 miles away in less than thirty minutes. For more than two decades, 54 Titan II missile complexes across the United States stood "on alert" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, heightening the threat of nuclear war or preventing Armageddon, depending upon your point of view. To visit the Titan Museum, take I-19 to exit 69 Duval Mine Road west in Sahuarita, AZ. More information can be found at www.titanmissilemuseum.org

ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial, and civil aviation. Among them are the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane), a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster and carried more bombs) and a rare World War II German V-1 "buzz bomb." The museum has five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 indoor square feet—almost four football fields¬—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena. In addition, the 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Memorial Museum is located on the museum grounds. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center and offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Boneyard,” on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base grounds. Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd. in Tucson. More information about the museum can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook, or by calling 520 574-0462.


ABOUT THE ARIZONA AEROSPACE FOUNDATION

Incorporated in the state of Arizona on November 20, 1967, as the Tucson Air Museum, the Arizona Aerospace Foundation is a member-based non-profit foundation, funded by gate admissions, concessions and donations. The Foundation operates the Pima Air & Space Museum and the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in Tucson, Arizona, and the Titan Missile Museum in Sahuarita, Arizona. The AAF’s mission is to create unlimited horizons in aerospace education through the preservation and presentation of the history of flight.

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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

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COME OUT FROM YOUR BUNKER MAY 18th TO SEE THE BRITISH INVASION, including the newly restored Avro Shackleton, AT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

Tucson, AZ—Apr. 18, 2013. The British have landed! Mobilize your crew to explore all things English as PASM celebrates the 60th anniversary of its newly restored Avro Shackleton marine patrol plane on May 18th. Spy classic United Kingdom Triumph motorcycles and other wheels. Sample culinary delights of the Commonwealth at our Flight Grill. Gather reconnaissance in the Shackleton’s belly. Climb into the English Electric Lightning cockpit too, the only domestically-developed Mach 2 operated by the Royal Air Force. Climb aboard the “British Invasion Trolley” for a free ride to see 12 of our 13 British aircraft outside. (Lucky 13 is in an air-cooled hangar.)  All included with paid admissions on May, 18, 2013 during normal operating hours (9 to 5, with the last admittance at 4:00pm).

ABOUT THE SHACKLETON:
http://www.pimaair.org/collection-detail.php?cid=386

Soon after the end of World War II the Royal Air Force issued a requirement for a new four-engine long-range maritime patrol plane to replace its American-made Liberators and Fortresses. The Avro company responded with a new design based on the Lincoln bomber. The aircraft used the Lincoln's wings and landing gear as well as parts from the earlier Lancaster bomber but with a shorter fuselage and higher powered Rolls-Royce Griffon engines driving six-blade counter rotating propellers. The new design was named Shackleton after the famous British South Pole explorer and entered service in February 1951. Beginning in 1971 a dozen Shackleton MR.2s were modified into Airborne Early Warning aircraft by the addition of radar systems and domes removed from the Fairey Gannet. These aircraft served with the RAF until 1991 when the last of them were retired.

Technical specifications
Wingspan 120 ft
Length 87 ft 4 in
Height 17 ft 6 in
Maximum Speed 300 mph

Service Ceiling

20,200 ft
Range 3,660 miles
Engines 4 Rolls-Royce Griffon Mk. 58 with 2,450 horsepower each
Crew 10

http://www.pimaair.org/collection-detail.php?cid=97

 

ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial, and civil aviation. Among them are the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane), a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster and carried more bombs) and a rare World War II German V-1 "buzz bomb." The museum has five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 indoor square feet—almost four football fields¬—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena. In addition, the 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Memorial Museum is located on the museum grounds. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center and offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Boneyard,” on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base grounds. Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd. in Tucson. More information about the museum can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook, or by calling 520 574-0462.

Note: the 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Memorial Museum, also located on the PASM museum grounds, is temporarily closed for remodeling.


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Attachments: Photos of the Shackleton as it is being restored. Note the intricate riveting covering about 50,000 square feet of surface area. Before painting, the entire surface must be hand sanded; a machine would grind up the rivets. 

 

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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

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SMITHSONIAN HONORS LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Tucson, AZ–(Mar. 28, 2013). Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine is featuring a photograph by Pima Air & Space Museum’s John Bezosky entitled “Rainbow’s End” as an example of a photo-contest winner, for its first annual contest. Bezosky’s photo is one of three rotating graphics headlining the contest informational web page*. Smithsonian A&S describes the shot: “Photographer John Bezosky assures us that this was the honest-to-goodness sight of an A-10C from the back door of his office at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.” Source: http://www.airspacemag.com/photocontest/. The Pima Air & Space Museum currently exhibits an A-10 in its indoor collection (Hangar 1 South). Come take a shot of the A-10 or any of the almost 300 airplanes in our collection for your contest entry. Bezosky is the Collections Registrar at the Pima Air & Space Museum.

ABOUT THE A-10
Called the Warthog by its pilots and ground crews, the Fairchild A-10 is not the prettiest aircraft ever built, but it is extremely good at its job -- killing tanks. Designed around a massive 30mm rotary cannon capable of firing up to 4,200 rounds per minute and with large amounts of titanium armor around the cockpit and engines the A-10 is almost a flying tank itself. The A-10 proved its capabilities in the 1990-91 Gulf War by destroying several thousand Iraqi tanks, and other vehicles.

Technical specifications
Wingspan 57 ft 6 in
Length 53 ft 4 in
Height 14 ft 8 in
Weight 50,000 lbs (loaded
Maximum Speed 381 mph

Service Ceiling

30,500 ft
Range 620 miles
Engines 2 General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans, 9,065 lbs. thrust
Crew 1

http://www.pimaair.org/collection-detail.php?cid=97

 

ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum, which opened in 1976, maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe, including many rare and one-of-a-kind, and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial, and civil aviation. Among them are a B-29 Superfortress, the SR-71 Blackbird, and a rare World War II German V-1 "buzz bomb." The museum has five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 indoor feet—almost four football fields­—of exhibit space. In addition, the 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Memorial Museum is located on the museum grounds. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center, and also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the "Bone Yard" (across the street at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base). Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, PASM is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd. in Tucson; more information about the museum can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook, or at 520-574-0462

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Attachment: Photograph by John Bezosky, PASMRainbowsEndPhotoJBezosky.jpg

 

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Figure 1 "Rainbow's End" by John Bezosky PASM