2015 Westward Ho travel blog

Pima Air & Space Museum


A-10 Warthog

Viet Nam Huey

Fire power on a Huey

Before Marine 1

General Eisenhower plane

Our ventures today will to the Tanque Verde Swap Meet, flea market, and the Pima Air & Space Museum. The flea market was kind of a bust, we got there at 9:00 am when it was supposed to open. The Flea Market was open but all the shops don’t open at that time, a few were open. We were there for a couple of hours, the vendors were showing up to open on a causal kind of way. Must be these people are not morning people. We left there and drove over to the Pima Air & Space Museum which was quite a place to visit. It is a non-government subsidized museum, it is all donation and volunteers that maintain it. They do a great job of restoring planes and operating the facility. They have over 300 planes on display inside and out. On display planes from the SR-71A Blackbird, A-10A Warthog to Bi-Planes. They had a Viet Nam era Huey helicopter on display, you see the fire power it could unleash on its target. A bit of history, did not know before there was a Marine 1, the helicopter that takes the President to Andrews Air Force Base to board Air Force 1, the US Army operated the helicopter, so it was called Army 1. They also have the plane that General Eisenhower used as a general before he was elected President. After touring the inside displays everyone boards a tram which takes a hour tour of all the planes they have on display outside. They have a Russian MIG-29, Jap Zero, plus a helicopter that the Special Ops use for their missions. There are too many planes to list all of them but it sure was interesting. The tram driver was a retired US Navy pilot that flew off aircraft carriers, there was even one of the airplanes that he flew at one time. This was a great stop and Candy enjoyed it also. We will be returning to visit the area they call the Boneyard, this houses 700 commercial aircraft that has been mothballed. Our drive back we stopped at the Pima County Fair Grounds and found they had a campground, but the price was a little high for what you got, we will stay where we are. Also stopped at the Pima County Motorsports Park, there is a drag strip, oval track, and 2 go cart tracks. It is quite large complex out in the middle of the desert. Finally got back to the motor home for the night.

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