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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 520 618-4805
memich@pimaair.org

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BOEING TO DEDICATE "WORLD'S-MOST-POPULAR" JET AIRLINER AT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

Tucson, AZ, Oct. 24, 2013—Lou Mancini, Senior Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes of The Boeing Company, will dedicate a Boeing 737-300 commercial jet airliner at the Pima Air & Space Museum on Mon., Nov. 4, 2013 at 12:00 noon. Local city and county dignitaries will attend the ceremony for the aircraft which was operated by China Southern Airlines.

“We are extremely grateful to The Boeing Company for helping us acquire this popular airplane. We have great plans not only for its display but also for education, especially with school children,” said Count Ferdinand von Galen, Chairman of the Museum Board of Trustees. He continued, “We are hopeful that this experience will lead to further opportunities to work with Boeing.”

“Boeing is proud to partner with the Pima Air & Space Museum in its educational mission to preserve and present the history of flight,” stated Mancini. “We hope this airplane helps inspire young minds to think big and excel in science, math and other technology subjects in this growing aerospace-centric community.”

The 737-300 was flown into Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and towed, with the crew inside, across Valencia Road. Video footage of this transfer is available.

The Boeing 737 is the most popular jetliner family in the world with more than 7,700 built and another 3,400 on order as of September 2013. The 737 is in use by large and small airlines around the world. It has been estimated that over 2,000 are flying at any given moment with one taking off or landing every two seconds.

The Museum’s newest addition, the 737-300, is part of the 737 Classic series, the second set of airplanes developed in the family. It was a major redesign of the plane from the first generation, featuring new high-bypass turbofan engines that reduced both noise and fuel consumption. The -300 was announced in 1981 and went into airline service with Southwest Airlines and USAir in 1984. A total of 1,113 of this version were built between 1984 and 1999. Brand new, this type of airplane had a list price in the range of $20 to $30 million dollars in the early 1990s.

In addition to the commercial versions of the aircraft the U.S. military has used several versions of the aircraft – including the T-43A, a U.S. Air Force navigation trainer and transport, and the C-40, a cargo and personnel transport in use with the U.S. Navy and Air Force. The latest 737-derived military aircraft is the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

Airplane Service History
Built by Boeing Aircraft Company at Renton, Washington and delivered on September 23, 1993.
1993-2012 Operated by China Southern Airlines, People’s Republic of China
2012 Retired from use and returned to Boeing Aircraft Company
December 2012 Donated to Pima Air & Space Museum by Boeing

Technical Data
Wingspan: 94 feet 9 inches
Length: 109 feet 7 inches
Height: 36 feet 6 inches
Maximum weight: 124,500 pounds
Maximum speed: 544 mph
Maximum Range: 2,685 miles
Service ceiling: 37,000 feet
Engine: Two CFM56-3 high bypass turbofan engines with 23,500 pounds of thrust each
Crew/passengers: 2 flight crew, 4-5 flight attendants, 121-149 passengers

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 189,000 indoor square feet—4+ football fields¬—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena. Two+ hangars are dedicated to WW II, 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-19 exit 267, in Tucson. More information can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PimaAirAndSpace, or by calling 520 574-0462.

ABOUT THE BOEING COMPANY

The Boeing Company is the world's leading aerospace company, with its heritage mirroring the history of flight. It is the largest manufacturer of satellites, commercial jetliners, and military aircraft. In terms of sales, Boeing is the largest U.S. exporter. Total company revenues for 2012 were $81.7 billion.

The Chicago-based company has customers in 150 countries and employees in more than 70 countries. Worldwide, Boeing and its subsidiaries employ nearly 170,000 people, including more than 140,000 with college degrees and nearly 35,000 with advanced degrees that cover virtually every business and technical field.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes provides the world’s leading family of jetliners – the most efficient, reliable and comfortable airplanes from 100 through 465 passengers, designed and sized to enhance airline profitability.
ABOUT CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES


The largest airline in The People's Republic of China for the past 34 years, China Southern Airlines (CZ) in 2012 reached a passenger volume of over 86.5 million, thereby leading the Chinese aviation industry as the only Chinese carrier entering into the world's Top 10 passenger airlines. With a fleet of 512 modern aircraft and serving 193 cities in 35 countries & regions worldwide, CZ has manifested its leadership in the aviation industry. By July 2013, CZ has kept a safety record of 11.41 million flying hours and 230 months of aviation safety. CZ has hereby retained the best safety record in Chinese aviation and therefore honored with the Diamond Flight Safety Award by the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China).


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mancini_n.jpg = Lou Mancini, Senior Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes of The Boeing Company. Photo courtesy The Boeing Company.

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The Boeing 737-300 flying into Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Photo by John Bezosky.

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The Boeing 737-300 being towed over from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base  to the Pima Air & Space Museum. Photos by John Bezosky

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The Boeing 737-300 painted in China Southern Airlines colors at Pima Air & Space Museum near the American colors. Photo by John Saunders.

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Lou Mancini, Senior Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes of The Boeing Company dedicates the Boeing 737-300 at Pima Air & Space Museum. Photo by John Saunders.

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Count Ferdinand von Galen Board Chairman of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation that operates the Pima Air & Space Museum accepts a model from Lou Mancini, Senior Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes of The Boeing Company as Pima Air & Space Museum Director of Collections & Restoration, Scott Marchand look on. Photo by John Saunders.

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 520 618-4805
memich@pimaair.org

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PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM RELOCATES HISTORIC BEACON

Tucson—Oct. 4, 2013. The Pima Air & Space Museum has relocated its Airway Beacon Tower to a prominent position near Valencia Rd. Drivers and car passengers can now see it as they drive by.

“We are delighted to move this fascinating piece of aviation history into a more prominent location for all to see,” stated Yvonne Morris, Executive Director of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation, the not-for-profit that operates the Pima Air & Space Museum. “We are hoping it will become a landmark for the Southeast side of Tucson.”

During the 1920s the United States government created a series of lighted “airways” linking major cities across the country. The lighted Airway Beacons were a substantial navigation aid in an era prior to the development of radio navigation. The effectiveness was limited by visibility and weather conditions. Twenty-four-inch-diameter rotating beacons were mounted on 53-foot (16 m) high towers, and spaced ten miles apart. The spacing was closer in the mountains, and farther apart in the plains. The beacons were five-million candlepower, and rotated 6 times a minute. By 1933 approximately 1,500 airway beacons had been constructed to guide pilots from city to city, covering 18,000 miles from coast to coast. Radio navigation systems began to replace the lights in 1929 but it was not until the 1970s that the last of the beacons were officially turned off. Several actually remain in use by the state of Montana and are used to mark dangerous mountainous terrain. The lights are sometimes called “Lindy Lights” in recognition of Charles Lindbergh’s efforts to promote the system during the 1920s. The light preserved at the Pima Air & Space Museum is believed to have originally been placed at the airport at Douglas, Arizona.

Due to the museum’s proximity to the Davis-Monthan Air Force base and its runway, for safety reasons the beacon’s five-million candlepower light will not be lit.


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 at www.facebook.com/PimaAirAndSpace, or by calling 520 574-0462.


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PASMBeaconCrane.jpg = crane moving the beacon to its new location near Valencia Rd. during the early morning. Photo by Andrew Boehly

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PASMBeacon.jpg = the relocated beacon at Pima Air & Space, photo by mee

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PASMBeaconA-10.jpg = soon after the beacon was relocated, a C-130 takes off from Davis Monthan Air Force Base, photo by mee

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PASMBeaconBeauty.jpg = the relocated beacon at Pima Air & Space and the Museum’s signature entry monument, the Beauty of Flight, photo by mee

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 520 618-4805
memich@pimaair.org

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HOT RODS AND HOT PLANES SIZZLE ON A SEPTEMBER SUNDAY MORNING AT PIMA AIR & SPACE

Tucson—Aug. 26, 2013. Hot rods and hot planes: The Tucson Street Rod Association will display their “rides” at Pima Air & Space on the morning of Sun., Sep. 15, 2013. The Tucson Street Rod Association, the self-proclaimed oldest car enthusiast club in Tucson,¬¬ organized their September group ride to see the planes at Pima Air & Space Museum and agreed to show off their “souped up” street rods juxtaposed with the museum’s outdoor collection.

Street Rods: As the 1950s rolled into the '60s, teens (and professionals such as Ed “Big Daddy” Roth) customized cars so that they bore little resemblance to assembly-line productions. They became fantastic and futuristic creations, distinctly American including such statements as the addition of the iconic “Rat Fink” character of Ed Roth on the cars. (Rat Fink was a counter culture nod to Mickey Mouse. One story goes that Rat Fink’s appearance on a t-shirt typically yielded a student being expelled from school and thereby enabling that student to work on his customizing his car.) Tom Wolfe, in his 1963 article, "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,” described the hot rod trend as a communication of “alienation and rebellion that is so important to the teen-age ethos that customizing grew up in.”

“Although the museum prefers to restore our air & space collection with historical accuracy, we believe museum visitors will enjoy these unique museum-worthy vehicles. We are grateful to the Tucson Street Rod Association for sharing with us and the public,” stated Yvonne Morris, Executive Director of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation that operates the Pima Air & Space Museum.

“Although I can’t promise which of our 60+ members’ great rods will be there—member attendance is optional—I can promise what shows will all look really cool next to the planes!” stated Perry Peradotto, event organizer and owner of a 1940 Chrysler New Yorker. He continued, “All of our vehicles are originally pre-1948 models. I can’t wait to photograph mine with the Blue Angel.” Viewing the cars (and photographing them) is included in the price of admissions, that price recently reduced to only $12.25 for Pima County residents. Although visitors are allowed to touch most of the planes at Pima Air & Space, the club respectfully requests the public refrain from touching their cars that will be on display from museum opening (9:00am) until approximately 1:00pm.

Attached:
    • PASMDodgeRodTWAMedResRB = 1932 Dodge Sedan driven by Gene DeChant with a Lockheed L-049 Constellation
    • PASMRodsTrioB52B36medresRB = 1932 Dodge Sedan and two t-buckets with the Convair B-36J Peacemaker and the Boeing B-52A Stratofortress
    • PASMRodsTrioTWAMedResRB = 1932 Dodge Sedan and two t-buckets with a Lockheed L-049 Constellation (John Sipe and Kris Van Horne)
    • PASMRodTBuktF18MedRes = t-bucket driven by John Sipe complete with blued exhaust pipes to match the F-18 Hornet painted in the Blue Angel scheme
    • PASMRodTBuktHindMedResRB = John Sipe’s t-bucket (note the plate) next to the “new” Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter


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.

ABOUT THE TUCSON STREET ROD ASSOCIATION:
The TSRA was formed 42 years ago by a small group of dedicated car enthusiasts who hoped to encourage a local interest in street rods (1948 and older). Little did they know that TSRA would still be in existence forty plus years later. Since those humble beginnings the club has grown to over sixty members and an equal number of cool street rods. More information can be found at www.tucsonstreetrodassociation.net.

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1932 Dodge Sedan driven by Gene DeChant with a Lockheed L-049 Constellation

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1932 Dodge Sedan and two t-buckets with the Convair B-36J Peacemaker and the Boeing B-52A Stratofortress

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1932 Dodge Sedan and two t-buckets with a Lockheed L-049 Constellation (John Sipe and Kris Van Horne)

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t-bucket driven by John Sipe complete with blued exhaust pipes to match the F-18 Hornet painted in the Blue Angel scheme

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John Sipe’s t-bucket (note the plate) next to the “new” Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter

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 520 618-4805
memich@pimaair.org

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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.

Attachments:
    • PASMSatAMARGtourRADIOpsa = :60 radio PSA
    • 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
    • PASM_AMARG_C-130column = Cargo planes/C-130s at AMARG as seen on the tour
    • PASM_AMARG_F-16noses = Line up of fighter planes noses/F-16s at AMARG as seen on the tour
    • 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 520 618-4805
memich@pimaair.org

Download PDF

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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