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PIMA Air and Space Museum in Tucson

My son is visiting from Montreal for a few days, so yesterday we rode two-up on BIG RED to Tucson, down I-10 (......) which took an hour and a half, DESPITE "pushing" the 75 mph speed limit a TOUCH...!

I've been there several times previously, but it's a GREAT museum if you're in the area, covering 80 acres.

One of my disappointments in the RCAF was missing a chance to fly the F-86 Sabre, and imagine my surprise to see an RCAF Sabre (we called them the "Sword" in the RCAF) hanging from the ceiling.





Later I took a pic of Joey in front of a USAF one.



Outside on the desert sands are MANY aircraft from all over the world, and here's a few, starting w/ the B-36 nuclear bomber... w/ a close-up



then the "full-meal-deal"...



For those who care, it had TEN engines: six were "pusher" reciprocating engines, while there was a 'pod' w/ two jet engines near each wing-tip.

Next up is the B-58 Hustler, a supersonic nuke bomber...



The last pic is the RAF's Hurricane fighter. It WAS the biggest part of the "Battle of Britain" w/ the MOST airplanes in action, and the highest number of enemy planes shot down, DESPITE the Supermarine Spitfire getting most of the 'press'.



Both to-and-from the Museum was via I-10, and I can NOT recommend it, if you have any other way to get there!

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That's now on my bucket list. I love air museums and could spend days gawking at planes. The USAF Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio is a good choice as is the Smithsonian at Dulles Airport. And, interestingly, there's a good air museum south of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the town of Valle.

Oh, and there is also the Owls Head Transportation Museum just south of Rockland in Maine. The great thing about this museum is that every single item is functional. All the planes are flight worthy and all the cars, trucks and motorcycles are fully operational. Several times each year they perform for visitors. Absolutely great.

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Love checking out Air Museums... We have March Field Air Museum just a short ride from here...

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Love checking out Air Museums... We have March Field Air Museum just a short ride from here...

I have been there. If you go make sure you get take the tour. The guides really know their stuff


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Eddie,

I remembered just now what my USAF aviator father used to say about the B-36. Six turning and four burning. Those of us who are terminally mature might be amused by that.

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Nice. Thanks for sharing. You Canadians sure do dress different.

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I remembered just now what my USAF aviator father used to say about the B-36. Six turning and four burning. Those of us who are terminally mature might be amused by that.
Way back "in-the-day" I was told a story about a B-36 carrying nukes (used the term "Broken Arrow") declaring an emergency due an engine-out (five turning and four burning...?) near a Canadian air force station, and asked the length of its longest runway.

Digesting that this was a Broken Arrow, the controller replied "200 feet...".


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Way back "in-the-day" I was told a story about a B-36 carrying nukes (used the term "Broken Arrow") declaring an emergency due an engine-out (five turning and four burning...?) near a Canadian air force station, and asked the length of its longest runway.

Digesting that this was a Broken Arrow, the controller replied "200 feet...".

Much sharper than USAF controllers. That's a great story.

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Here are a bunch more pics for those who want to see them (there are MANY more planes that I did NOT photograph THIS trip!), including "AEROGEL" - the ONLY gas that is solid at room temps - sorry the explanation is 'sideways', but NEAT stuff....

The first pic is of the Lockheed T-33 (Silverstar or Tbird), the a/c I got my RCAF wings on.
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Here are a bunch more pics for those who want to see them (there are MANY more planes that I did NOT photograph THIS trip!), including "AEROGEL" - the ONLY gas that is solid at room temps - sorry the explanation is 'sideways', but NEAT stuff....

The first pic is of the Lockheed T-33 (Silverstar or Tbird), the a/c I got my RCAF wings on.
Wow and wow again! I was flipping through your great photos and stopped dead when I came to the B-24 Bungay Backaroo. My father flew B-24s from Bungay during WW II. It's too bad he's no longer around - he would have enjoyed the photo even though it wasn't his aircraft.

He visited England when I was stationed at RAF Mildenhall in the late 1960s-early 1970s and we searched for, and found, what remained of RAF Bungay, sometimes also known at RAF Flixton. It seems the village and RAF station names were used interchangeably.

I followed him around what remained of the airfield (building foundations and badly deteriorated runway and taxiways and hard stands) for over an hour without saying a word. He would stop now and again, look around, say something under his breath and then move on before repeating the process several dozen times. He was reliving a time long past and it was his alone to remember. It reminded me of the opening scenes of Twelve O'clock High. It's something I doubt I'll ever forget.

But what does this have to do with Versys motorcycles? Not a bloody thing. Cheers anyway.

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