Category Museums

Pima Air & Space Museum

By: Category: MuseumsTucson

One of seven surviving airframes Arizona is home to one of the most famous aviation museums in the world, Pima Air & Space Museum, this museum, located in Tucson, is home to  over 300 airplanes, including some very rare airplanes, like the Budd RB-1 Conestoga (as far as I know, unrelated to Dave Budd), of which they have the only surviving airframe, and the Northrop YC-125A Raider, of which there are 2 survivors, the other one is at the Air Force Museum (Wright-Pat). I've had the chance to visit the museum 5 times since 2002, and most of the trips involve rushed schedules and some very intense road trips, but I've enjoyed every single visit. The museum is so big that you need the entire day, if you can physically walk the entire museum and all the hangars, when I say this museum is huge, I'm not joking, it is huge...Read More

USS Midway (CVN-41) Museum

By: Category: MilitaryMuseums

E-2 Hawkeye #1, Upper Deck

The Midway is one of three aircraft museums in San Diego, CA, I think it's not as wide known as the San Diego Air & Space Museum, it's a really nice one. Even though the aircraft collection might seem small, this museum is a lot more than aircraft. Most of the upper deck is occupied by more modern aircraft 50s and newer, including a T-2C Buckeye that is open for the public to occupy the pilot's seat (the navigator's seat is occupied by a dummy, unfortunately), and the collection includes some planes that are not as common in exhibition, such as a C-1A Trader and the E-2C Hawkeye. And the more known planes such as the F-18A (Aggressor paint), F-4, RA-5C, A-4, A-6, F-14, and helicopters such as the MH-60, a Sea King, a Kaman SH-2, and more...Read More

Space shuttle Enterprise arrives at JFK

By: Category: EventsMuseumsSpottingUncategorized

  Space Enterprise Finally Arrives at Her New Temporary Home The wind was blowing hard out of the WNW on a blustery Friday morning in Jamaica, NY.  With the winds consistently blowing 20-25mph and gusting upwards of 30-35mph, the hundreds, or even thousands of spotters, aviation and space enthusiasts, and just regular people interested in a piece of history looked to the sky wondering if this would be the day.  This would be the day that NYC got their space shuttle.  Previously in the week the shuttle had been slated to arrive on Monday and Wednesday, but had been postponed each time due to weather.  So with strong winds at the airport, the question was still weighing on the minds of the many people that had flocked to every viewing area both around JFK and Manhattan...Read More

Thunder Over The Coconino 2011

By: Category: AirshowsAntiqueMilitaryMuseumsPlanes of Fame Air MuseumRoad tripsSpottingValleWarbird

Almost 30 hours after coming back from Valle, several gigabytes and a few beers later. I have the photos ready.

The 2nd airshow in Valle in just over two months, I heard of this one from some guy in a Facebook group and did some research and it turned out it looked like I was going to make it. The reality is that as the show got closer, it started looking not good. First, Flagship Detroit cancelled, unfortunate news, but then I got word that the PB4Y Privateer was going this time (it had engine trouble in June, just as it was getting ready to head up to Valle), then, miserable weather throughout Northern Arizona threatened the show...

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