Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona

Main Hangar, Pima Air & Space Museum
Main Hangar, Pima Air & Space Museum
(staff photo)

The Pima Air & Space Museum, located at 6000 E. Valencia Road in Tucson across from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, is one of the largest in the world. Opened in 1976 with 35 aircraft, it has evolved into the largest non-government-funded air museum in the United States.

Its collection includes a vast collection of more than 300 historic planes and spacecraft, housed in both interior hangars and exterior spaces, and spread over 80 acres.

Exhibits include fighters, bombers, cargo planes, helicopters, commercial aircraft, VIP planes, trainers, MIGs, and much more.

We've toured the galleries on mulitple visits, and highly recommend it to all with an interest in aviation, the Air Force, and aircraft history.

Indoor Exhibit Areas

B-29 Superfortress "Sentimental Journey"
B-29 Superfortress "Sentimental Journey"
(staff photo)

Several indoor areas house vintage airplanes ... a partial list of aircraft is as follows:

  • Main Hangar - SR-71A Blackbird, A-10A Warthog, F-107A Ultra Sabre, F-14A Tomcat, Wright Flyer Replica
  • Hangar #3 - B-24J Liberator, B-25J Mitchell, C-47 Skytrain
  • Hangar #4 - B-29 Superfortress "Sentimental Journey", F-86E Sabre, PT-17 Stearman, C-46D Commando
  • Space Gallery - X-15A mockup, OQ-3 Radioplane
  • 390th Memorial Museum - B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around"

The 390th Memorial Museum is also located on the grounds. The facility is a treasure of World War II images, memorabilia, and personal histories of the achievements of the 390th Bombardment Group (H), an Eighth Air Force unit that was based in England from 1943-1945. It houses restored B-17G-110-VE 44-85828 (#828), which came to be known as “I’ll Be Around".

Also located at the museum is the Space Gallery, which includes the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in the Dorothy Finley Space Gallery. Established in 1985 as a joint proclamation including the Governor of Arizona, the Aviation Hall of Fame celebrates Arizona’s long and proud aviation history.

Directory of galleries and other facilities and tours
Directory, Pima Air & Space Museum
(staff photo)

Outdoor Exhibit Areas

Dozens of other airplanes are positioned outdoors on the desert floor. A partial list of airplanes is as follows:

  • B-36 Peacemaker
  • B-52 Stratofortress
  • B-47 Stratojet
  • C-124 Globemaster
  • B-58 Hustler
  • F-84F Thunderstreak
  • TF-102 Delta Dagger
  • F-106 Delta Dart
  • T-29B Flying Classroom
  • C-133 Cargomaster
  • C-117B Super Gooneybird
  • C-119 Flying Boxcar
  • Lockheed F-94 Starfire
  • F-100 Super Sabre
  • F-86 Sabre
  • Boeing VC-137B, "Freedom One"
  • C-54 Liftmaster
  • C-141 Starlifter

Visiting the Pima Air and Space Museum

It is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Phone 520.574.0462 for detailed opening hours.

Purchase admission tickets just inside the main entrance. Parking is free.

You can tour the indoor and outdoor galleries yourself, on your own pace. Or you can join docent-led tours, either on walking tours or tram tours. The staff, docents, and volunteers are exceptional, and conversations with these experienced aviators can be as educational as seeing the planes themselves. During our last visit, we had a fascinating conversation with a veteran of the European Theater; he offered detailed, first-hand accounts of his bomber experiences ... we could have listened for hours to his commentary!

We recommend a minimum of three hours to tour the inside hangars and view the outside airplanes. But you could easily spend the better part of an entire day touring the airplane galleries.

Dress accordingly on hot summer days, use sunscreen, wear comfortable shoes, and bring bottled water with you if you plan a lengthy excursion through the outdoor exhibits.

A well-run restaurant "The Flight Grill" is located onsite as is a well-stocked Museum Store.

Bus Tours of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and AMARG

The Museum is the official tour operator of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), formerly known as AMARC and also known as the "Boneyard," at adjacent Davis-Monthan AFB.

Guided motorcoach tours of AMARG are available Monday thru Friday, excluding Federal holidays. The tours last about 75 minutes, and are highly recommended. Seating is limited, and tickets issued on a first-come, first-serve basis, so plan ahead accordingly. Arrive at least one hour before scheduled departure times.

Purchase tickets at the museum entrance area, which is located across E. Valencia Road from Davis-Monthan. Bus tours depart from main entrance. Be aware that due to security requirements on Davis-Monthan, there are baggage checks before boarding the bus, and limitations on what you can carry on the tours. Government issued photo identifcation is also required for tour members age 16 or older.


Check with the museum regarding tour departure times, ticket prices, and seasonal schedules.
Read more at the official website of the Pima Air and Space Museum.


The nearby Titan Missile Museum is located south of Tucson in Green Valley off of Interstate 19 and features a Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile still in its silo.

Read more about Davis-Monthan AFB and AMARG at the AirplaneBoneyards.com website.

YouTube Video of Davis-Monthan AFB AMARG boneyard bus tour in Tucson, Arizona (May 2015)

Tucson Area Map

The map below shows the location of the airplane galleries in southeast Tucson. It is directly across East Valencia Road from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and is conveniently accessible from Interstate Highway I-10 via Exit 267 - East Valencia Road. It is about 5 miles from Tucson International Airport, and about 10 miles from downtown Tucson.


Aerial Map of the Pima Air & Space Museum, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and AMARG

Area map in Tucson

Photographs of the Pima Air and Space Museum Collection

The Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 East Valencia Road, Tucson, Arizona
6000 East Valencia Road, Tucson, Arizona
"The Beauty of Flight", Entrance area, Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona
Entrance area in Tucson, Arizona
Entrance area, Pima Air & Space Museum
Entrance area in Tucson, Arizona
The Pima Air & Space Museum and the Count Von Galen Hangar
Tucson airplane museum
Entrance area and Museum Store at the Pima Air and Space Museum
Entrance area
Lots of things to see and do
Lots of things to see and do
B-29 Superfrotress "Sentimental Journey" S/N 44-70016
B-29 Superfrotress "Sentimental Journey" S/N 44-70016
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around" at the 390th Memorial Museum, Tucson
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around"
B-52G Stratofortress, Serial Number 58-0183
B-52G Stratofortress, Serial Number 58-0183
Boeing VC-137B, "Freedom One"
Boeing VC-137B, "Freedom One"
Boeing VC-137B, "Freedom One", S/N 86971
Boeing VC-137B, "Freedom One", S/N 86971
"The Columbine" presidential aircraft, Lockheed C-121 Constellation (VC-121E)
"The Columbine" presidential aircraft, Lockheed C-121 Constellation (VC-121E)
Presidential aircraft, VC-118A, S/N 33240, military version of the Douglas DC-6
Presidential aircraft, VC-118A, S/N 33240, military version of the Douglas DC-6
North American F-100C Super Sabre, Serial Number 54-1823
North American F-100C Super Sabre, Serial Number 54-1823

Republic F-84C Thunderjet
Republic F-84C Thunderjet
Convair B-36J S/N 52-2827
Convair B-36J S/N 52-2827
Republic F-84F Thunderbird
Republic F-84F Thunderbird
Convair B-58A Hustler
Convair B-58A Hustler
Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt ... the "Warthog"
Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt ... the "Warthog"
Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II
Douglas C-54B Liftmaster
Douglas C-54B Liftmaster
Consolidated B-24 "Bungay Buckaroo" Liberator
Consolidated B-24 "Bungay Buckaroo" Liberator
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle twin-jet airliner
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle twin-jet airliner

Vintage Postcard

Vintage postcard, Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona


More Information

For more information, ticket prices, and operating hours, we recommend a visit the website of the Pima Air and Space Museum and the website of the 390th Memorial Museum.


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