The Pima Air & Space Museum is world famous for its huge variety of military aircraft, but in recent years the collection has expanded to include more and more civil types, from Cessnas to 747s. Joe Copalman investigates Pima’s civil side.
Driving along Valencia Road, just east of the Interstate 10 in Tucson, Arizona, it is hard – if not impossible – to pass the Pima Air & Space Museum without performing a double-take at the sprawling collection of aircraft on display. Just beyond the massive tails of the B-47, B-36 and three B-52s parked along the museum’s northern perimeter, an astute observer might take note of the tail with a much more modern design, emblazoned with the letters ‘ANA,’ the insignia of Japanese passenger carrier All Nippon Airways. Is that a Boeing 787 Dreamliner tucked in among all those old aircraft?” Yes, it is.