Airplanes! Hot on the list, also based on recommendations from friends, was the Pima Air & Space Museum. The boys were really excited to see an SR-71 Blackbird up close, and couldn’t wait to get there!
The first stop after entrance is a big hanger with a mix of small general aviation aircraft (including the BD-5J microjet), helicopters, and military planes.
After the main hanger and getting some lunch at the cafe there, we went outside to see even more planes. I didn’t take photos of everything – you need to go there and see them all for yourself! There was even a Boeing 787 on display, recently donated by Boeing, and was one of their original flight test airplanes. We also saw a Lockheed Constellation (the L-1049 Super Constellation is my favorite, but alas they only had the shorter L-749/C-121A model) and many different USAF, Coast Guard, NASA, Navy, firefighting, and Russian (MiG) aircraft. Yay-yay thought that the Super Guppy was pretty weird looking, but very cool too.
We had a long day of
walking wandering around, gawking at airplanes, and it was time to go. We made one last pass by the Navy fighter jets outside, including an ex-Blue Angels F-18A, and said goodbye to the SR-71 inside the main hanger. After a long, hot day of looking at airplanes in the desert we stopped for ice cream on the way home.