This was a really neat little ultralight you could climb in and control
The is the SR-71 Blackbird - the fastest spy plane in the world - capable of 2000 MPH. It once flew from Los Angeles to Washington DC in 90 minutes
This 10-engine B-36 was the second plane to carry an atomic bomb. It had 6 backward propellers and 4 forward jets
Because of its desert climate - Tucson is the place where US warplanes go to die. Thousand are stored on the desert in mothballs - others are cut up and melted down.
Pima Air Museum is a non profit company run by a bunch of ex-military pilots. When the plane are being cut up in the boneyard at David-Monthan Air Base - they save one of each for the museum. they have over 300 different aircraft there - most of them in outstanding condition.
When Nancy worked at the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1993 - we used to be members of this museum. It cost $15 per visit per person. For $45 you got a yearly pass that allowed you to bring guests along to see the planes. The boys and I used to hang out there in the 100 degree desert air - and read about the planes. Since the humidity was below 10% - it was a really neat place to be. Sometimes we had the 300 planes to ourselves.
Last week Lulu and I visited the museum. It was a bittersweet place - enjoying the plane but wishing for the times when our little family would go there to spend time together.
Most of the planes were outside - but a few of the most historic ones were in air conditioned pole buildings.