Friday, January 11, 2019

Pima Air and Space Museum

Based on an overwhelming number of personal recommendations from friends - we made a visit to the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson. This was our first visit to the museum and we opted to go self-guided through the five display hangars and aircraft located outside on the grounds.

We were very fortunate that when we arrived after lunch that a Museum Docent, Tom Collins (yes - just like the drink), was starting a free walking tour of the main hangar buildings of the museum. Mr. Collins was a former military pilot and was very knowledgeable about all of the aircraft and shared some fascinating stories associated with each plane.

A portion of the aircraft we saw while on our tour of the Pima Air and Space Museum. Hopefully I am getting the I.D. correct on the photos I took.

World's smallest biplane - The Bumble Bee

UH-1 Iroqouis
B24 Liberator

Hawker Hurricane MK.II
Curtisss P-40 Warhawk
P-51 Mustang 
B-29 Superfortress
B-36J Peacemaker
B-17G Flying Fortress
F-11A Tiger
I know - not an aircraft... took this photo of a Hellfire Missile trainer in honor of my Dad. My father spent the many years of his career with Rockwell-Collins overseeing the installation of the guidance systems (made by Rockwell-Collins) in  the Hellfire Missiles for the U.S. Government. His last assignment was working in Sweden overseeing the guidance system installation in Hellfires sold from the U.S. to Sweden.

​This missile can be launched mobile or attached to the A-10 Thunderbolt II or an Apache helicopter. Hellfire video below...