Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pima Air and Space Museum

We have had a nice week so far. On Monday Bob and I visited the Escapee RV park in Benson that we were headed to when we broke down last November. It was nice to actually see it! The park is a co-op, which means that it is owned by the lease-holders in the park who volunteer to maintain it. We were very impressed by the facilities and the way it is run, and ended up putting our name on the waiting list for a lot. In two or three years this will be our winter home.

On Wednesday we visited the Pima Air and Space Museum. What a fascinating place!
It was a beautiful day, a little cooler than it has been lately, and with a strong breeze. While most of the planes were military, there were some that were not... this home-built plane called a Flaglor Sky Scooter, with all wood construction and covered in fabric. It is powered by a modified 1600CC Volkswagon engine. It costs about $7500 to build. It's amazing that someone could actually build their own airplane.
 Bob looked so tiny next to this behemoth transport plane.
 This cockpit was used in the filming of the movie "Airplane." "Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?"
 Outside we saw a Super Guppy Cargo Transport, in use between 1965 and 1995. It really didn't look like it could fly!
 We were impressed by the variety of planes on display.
And here we have a Douglas VC-118A Liftmaster, AKA Airforce One, used by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson from 1961-1965.

We arrived at the museum too late to catch a shuttle tour or go see the Boneyard, but perhaps one other day we will be back.

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