Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Day Six - The Pima Air and Space Museum

After Day Five, you would think that we were all 'airplane'd - out', but Schuyler, Kyle and I went in for more punishment by visiting the Pima Air and Space Museum. The Pima Air and Space Museum is one of the largest aerospace museums in the world housing nearly 300 aircraft in an area of around 60 acres.

Maureen and Josh visited Tucson Mall, the largest Shopping Complex in Tucson. Incidently, the shops don't seem to open until 1000h in Tucson, even on weekdays. Anyhoo, here's some shots.

There is something very wrong with this door :)

I would visit Pima if this was the only aircraft they had. This B-52 is affectionately nicknamed 'Balls - 3' and is one of only two aircraft that carried and launched the mighty X-15 aircraft from under its right wing. The X-15 program still features strongly in my childhood memories.

More info on the X-15 Program here:

The left-hand main wheels of the SR-71 Blackbird look a little bit worn.

The SR-71 Blackbird.

Finally a non-aircraft family shot with us all standing in a non-descript car park. However, there is a reason. In the background is Mount Lemmon. Mount Lemmon is part of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range and reaches a bit over 9000' at its peak. It provides a beautiful backdrop from just about everywhere in Tucson. 

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