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In addition to aircraft displayed outdoors there are four hangars, plus a WWII barracks containing a variety of exhibits covering many aspects of aviation. Visitors enter Hangar #l as they leave the ticket counter. In addition to a variety of aircraft on display in this hangar you'll find numerous exhibits covering the history of man and flight.

WWII Memorial Barracks: This original wooden structure of WWII vintage contains numerous exhibits covering a variety of subjects related to the WWII era. Memorabilia include uniforms and aviation equipment. In addition, you can see the Museum's extensive model collection arranged chronologically to show virtually all U.S. military aircraft from pre-WWI to the present.

Hangar #2:1North of Hgr. #1 ) Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame, Space Gallery, museum administration offices and research library. The AAHF contains displays about significant individuals who have contributed to Arizona's rich aviation history. The Space Gallery features an official X 15 mock up and many other space-related items.

Hangar #3: This hangar houses the Consolidated B-24, North American B-25, Douglas B26, and Douglas C-47 plus other aircraft and exhibits.

Hangar #4: This hangar houses the Boeing B 29, Curtiss C-46, Vought F4U-4, Grumman TBM, and Bell P-63 plus other aircraft and exhibits.

390th Memorial: This hangar contains the famous B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber along with memorabilia from the 390th Bomb Group and the 390th Strategic Missile Wing. Detailed displays show bomber operations in the European Theater during WWII.

The Museum's book, "Aircraft of the Pima Air Museum," contains more detailed information and photos. It's on sale in the gift shop.

Stanchions with aircraft data are located as near as possible to each aircraft. Inventory numbers corresponding to the ones in this guide are located in the upper left of each yellow sign. Because of the constantly changing nature of an active museum, aircraft on display are not necessarily arranged in the numerical order of this flyer. It's possible that some aircraft may lack a sign because they are new acquisitions or the signs are in for repair.

U.S. military aircraft designations have changed over the years as a result of the constantly changing and increasing utilization of aircraft by the military. In 1962 all five services started to operate under the standardized designation system that continues in use today.

NOTE: Indoor aircraft are NOT included in this guide.


Inventory No. 
In U.S. Service 
Old or other designation

#1 DOUGLAS A-26K "INVADER" The Invader was one of the few combat planes to serve in three wars. Besides duty in WWII and Korea, versions modified with stronger airframes saw considerable service in Vietnam.

#6 BOEING EB-47E "STRATOJET" As many as 28 SAC Bomb Wings were equipped with B 47s during the 1950s. The most important strategic bomber of that decade.

#7 MARTIN RB-57D "CANBERRA" Modified Canberra with longer wings for high altitude reconnaissance.

#8 CONVAIR B-58 "HUSTLER" First supersonic bomber in history capable of delivering nuclear bombs. It set more world records than any other type of combat aircraft.

#9 DOUGLAS WB-66D "DESTROYER" An Air Force version of the Navy A-3 Skywarrior.

#10 LOCKHEED 10 (UC-36) "ELECTRA" Light transport used by the airlines and the military before and during WWII. Similar to the one in which Amelia Earhart perished.

#11 BEECHCRAFT C-45J "EXPEDITOR" Military version of Beech 18 light transport.

#14 DOUGLAS C-54D "SKYMASTER" Large cargo aircraft. The Pima Air and Space Museum's C-54 participated in the Berlin Airlift.

#15 LOCKHEED L-049 (C-69) "CONSTELLATION" This large cargo /passenger aircraft saw service with the military and civilian airlines.

#17 BOEING C-97G "STRATOFREIGHTER" Military form of the civil Boeing 377 airliner. The Museum's C-97G served in the Biafran Airlift with the Red Cross. Tail# 522626.

#18 BOEING KC-97G "STRATOFREIGHTER" Air to air refueling plane modified from C 97.

#19 FAIRCHILD C-119C "FLYING BOXCAR" Unique transport with clamshell rear cargo doors. Could drop paratroopers or cargo by parachute in large quantities.

#20 LOCKHEED C-121A "CONSTELLATION" The Museum's plane was the personal aircraft of Gen. Eisenhower when he was SHAPE Commander in post-war Europe.

#21 LOCKHEED EC-121T "CONSTELLATION" Modified for electronic countermeasures, these aircraft were the predecessors of the AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System).

#22 DOUGLAS C-124C "GLOBEMASTER" The last large American strategic transport powered by piston engines.

#23 DOUGLAS C-133B 'CARGOMASTER' Designed to carry the Thor, Titan, Jupiter and Atlas missiles.

#24 SIKORSKY S-62 (HH-52A) 'SEAGUARD' Used by Coast Guard for rescue. The civilian version accommodated 11 passengers.

#25 SIKORSKY H-19B 'CHICKASAW' Extensively used for rescue in the Korean War.

#26 PIASECKI H-21C 'WORKHORSE' Used to move cargo and troops.

#27 SIKORSKY H-34C 'CHOCTAW' First helicopter type to be used in Presidential service.

#28 SIKORSKY H-37B 'MOJAVE' For years the largest and fastest helicopter in the western world.

#30 LOCKHEED P-80B 'SHOOTING STAR' The first U.S. combat jet. The first U.S. enemy aircraft shot down by a P-80 was in the Korean War, where it was used extensively.

#31 REPUBLIC F-84F 'THUNDERSTREAK' The original F-84 was designed with straight wings. This aircraft did not see combat in Korea like the earlier models.

#32 REPUBLIC RF-84F 'THUNDERFLASH' Based on the F-84 with air intakes moved to the wing root in order to accommodate nose photographic gear.

#33 NORTH AMERICAN F-86L 'SABRE' Modified all-weather version of the Sabre served with National Guard Units.

#34 NORTH AMERICAN F-86H 'SABRE' This Sabre version had an enlarged fuselage to accommodate a more powerful engine than the ones used in Korea.

#35 NORTHROP F-89J 'SCORPION' First fighter-interceptor to carry nuclear armament for the Air Defense Command.

#36 REPUBLIC F-105D 'THUNDERCHIEF' In the first five years of its service in Vietnam, 105s carried out more than 75% of assault missions for the USAF.

#37 NORTH AMERICAN F-100C 'SUPERSABRE' The first of the 'century series fighters and the first jet fighter to exceed the speed of sound in level flight.

#39 CONVAIR F-102A 'DELTA DAGGER' The USAF's first delta-wing aircraft. It carried only air-to air missiles and no guns.

#40 GRUMMAN SA-16 (HU-16A) 'ALBATROSS' Designed for air-sea rescue duties.

#41 NORTH AMERICAN AT-6G 'TEXAN' The most important advanced trainer of its time. Used by Army, USAF, and Navy. Designated SNJ by Navy.

#42 VULTEE BT-13A 'VALIANT' Basic Army AF trainer known as the 'Vibrator' by many who flew it.

#45 LOCKHEED T-33 'SHOOTING STAR' 2-seat training version of the P-80.

#46 DOUGLAS A1-G (AD-5N) 'SKYRAIDER' Attack aircraft used in Korea and Vietnam. It could carry the equivalent normal bombload of the B-17.

#47 DOUGLAS A3D-1 'SKYWARRIOR' The first large strategic bomber with nuclear capability to operate from an aircraft carrier.

#48 DOUGLAS A4D-2 'SKYHAWK' One of the most reliable jet attack planes ever built. Exceptional versatility and toughness of design.

#49 DOUGLAS F3D 2 (T 10B) 'SKYNIGHT' 2-seat radar equipped night fighter for the Navy. Saw duty in Korea.

#50 DOUGLAS F4D-1 (F-6A) 'SKYRAY' The Skyray gave the Navy a supersonic capability and achieved a world record in time-to-height by climbing to 50,000 feet in 2.6 minutes from takeoff.

#52 GRUMMAN F9F-8 'COUGAR' The earlier straight-winged version of this aircraft saw considerable service with the Navy in Korea. The Cougar was modified into still other versions.

#53 GRUMMAN RF-9J 'COUGAR' Photographic version of the Cougar.

#54 GRUMMAN F-11F 'TIGER' Carrier-based attack and fighter aircraft. Used for a number of years by the Navy's Blue Angels acrobatic flying team.

#55 McDONNELL F3H-2 'DEMON' All weather carrier based interceptor. Design features of this airplane appear on the F-4 Phantom.

#56 NORTH AMERICAN FJ-4B (AF-1E) 'FURY' This 680 m.p.h. fighter was the Navy equivalent of the Air Force Sabre and was used extensively by the U.S. Marines.

#57 VOUGHT F8U-1 'CRUSADER' The first aircraft to exceed l,000m.p.h. and operate from an aircraft carrier. These award winning Navy aircraft saw service in the Vietnam conflict.

#59 LOCKHEED AP-2H (P2V-7) 'NEPTUNE' This is one of only four aircraft modified for a special attack role in Vietnam.

#60 MARTIN PBM-5A 'MARINER' The long range anti-submarine PBMs of WWII did not have landing gear. This post-war amphibian version is the only surviving 'Mariner' left.

#61 DOUGLAS C-117D (R4D-8) 'SKYTRAIN' Re-engineered from the C-47 airframe for the U.S. Navy and Marines.

#62 GRUMMAN S2F-1 'TRACKER- Operated from carriers on anti-submarine patrol.

#63 KAMAN HH-43F 'HUSKIE' Seated up to 8 passengers. An updated jet-powered version of the H-43D.

#64 LOCKHEED T2V (T-1A) 'SEAFIRE' A trainer version of the P-80 adapted for carrier landings.

#65 NORTH AMERICAN T-28C 'TROJAN' Used to train Navy carrier pilots, some were modified for light attack duties in Vietnam. Some now flown by civilians.

#67 AEROSPORT 'QUAIL' Home built single-seat light aircraft powered by a Volkswagen engine.

#68 TELEDYNE RYAN AQM-34Q Launched from C-130 aircraft. On return these drones deployed a parachute which was snagged by a helicopter. The 'Flying Submarine' was so named because of unsuccessful retrievals which caused it to land on the water.

#69 McDONNELL ADM-20C 'QUAIL' An air-breathing decoy missile carried on B-52s to confuse enemy electronic defenses.

#71 DOUGLAS B-18B 'BOLO' Obsolete by WWII, these medium bombers were used for antisubmarine patrol. Developed from the DC-2 and DC-3 aircraft.

#72 DOUGLAS B-23 'DRAGON' An attempt to improve the B-18 design, these bombers saw only training and transport use during WWII.

#73 BOEING KB-50 'SUPERFORTRESS' The basic airframe of the B-50 is that of a B29 with larger engines and tail.

#74 NORTH AMERICAN F-107A The F-107 was to be an updated version of the F-100. It lost out in competition with the Republic F-105 and only 3 were built.

#75 LOCKHEED T-33B See entry #45.

#76 KAMAN OH-43D "HUSKIE' Radial piston engine powered rescue helicopter.

#77 NORTH AMERICAN AGM-28A 'HOUND DOG' An air-to-surface missile carried and launched from wing pylons under the B-52.

#78 TELEDYNE RYAN YQM-98A High-altitude reconnaissance drone. The engine normally mounted above the aircraft is missing.

#79 BEIL UH 1F 'HUEY' Located at Titan Missile Museum.. Green Valley, AZ.

#81 GRUMMAN OV-1 'MOHAWK' A reconnaissance aircraft that could operate from short. rough airfields. Used in Vietnam.

#83 GRUMMAN TF-9J 2-seat trainer version of F9F Cougar series.

#84 HUGHES TH-55A 'OSAGE' Training helicopter for the U.S. Army.

#85 GRUMMAN E-1 B 'TRACER~ Carrier aircraft used to extend the radar detection range of the fleet.

#86 FAIRCHILD C-123B 'PROVIDER' Transport derived from a cargo-glider design.

#87 LOCKHEED F-104D 'STARFIGHTER' Most widespread Mach 2 interceptor of its day.

#88 BEECHCRAFT 18S 'TWIN BEECH' The first in a long line of Beechcraft twin engine light transport designs.

#89 TELEDYNE RYAN AQM-34L See entry #68. This model was used for low altitude photo / recon.

#90 DOUGLAS VC-118A 'LIFTMASTER' The Museum's plane was used as a personal plane by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

#91 BOEINC YC-14 Intended as a replacement for the C-130, only 2 were built before cancellation of the project.

#92 McDONNELL DOUGLAS YC-15 A competitor to the above aircraft in service trials. Like the above airplane, it was a short takeoff and landing design.

#93 BOEING B-52D 'STRATOFORTRESS' Modified to carry 30 tons of 'iron bombs' for use in Southeast Asia. Later models are still in use.

#94 NORTH AMERICAN RA-5C 'VIGILANTE' These Mach 2 bombers were modified into a better suited role of reconnaissance.

#95 MARTIN B-57E 'CANBERRA' Canberras were British-designed aircraft built in the U.S. and designated B-57.

#96 McDONNELL F-101B 'VOODOO' The XF-88 design was modified and ordered as the F101. It was originally intended as a escort fighter for the B-36 bomber.

#99 BEECHCRAFT U-8 (L-23D) 'SEMINOLE' Military version of the Beech Twin Bonanza.

#100 BOEING B-52A 'STRATOFORTRESS' This and one other B-52 were modified for the X-15 project.

#102 LOCKHEED RC-121 'CONSTELLATION' Modified for long-range reconnaissance.

#103 BOEING B-17G 'FLYING FORTRESS' Located in 390th hangar.

#104 deHAVILLAND U-6A (DHC-2} 'BEAVER' Canadian-built utility craft used by U.S. military.

#105 CONVAIR T-29D'SAMARITAN' Training version of the C-131 cargo aircraft similar to Convair 240 airliner.

#107 DOUGLAS A-4D 'SKYHAWK' See entry #48.

#109 McDONNELL YF-4J 'PHANTOM' The F-4 was the 'Top Line' fighter of the Vietnam conflict, used by the Navy, Marines, and Air Force. This aircraft was a 'B' model. modified to test out the 'J~ model (F-4J).

#116 PIPER U-11A 'AZTEC' One of the many civilian aircraft used by the military. This aircraft served with the Navy.

#117 NORTHROP T-38 'TALON' This twin jet trainer became operational March 1961. Single seat fighter version designated F-5. Air Force 'Thunderbirds' used this type of aircraft from 1974 until 1983.

#118 LOCKHEED YO-3A'QUIET STAR' Only 11 built. Designedto operate with no more sound than the rustling of the leaves of a tree. Used as a low-level reconnaissance plane in Vietnam and by the F.B.I. in the U.S.

#124 McDONNELL RF-101C 'VOODOO' Photo reconnaissance version of interceptor.

#129 REPUBLIC F-105G 'THUNDERCHIEF' See entry #36.

#130 NORTHROP YC-125A 'RAIDER' Helicopters and competing aircraft superceded the Raider's task. All 23 built served the USAF 5 years on the ground only as mechanic trainers. Subsequently sold by USAF and operated as civilian transports.

#132 McDONNELL F-4 'PHANTOM' See entry #109. This aircraft is a 'C' model.

#133 LOCKHEED C-130D 'HERCUIES' Modified for arctic operation. Other models still in use performing a variety of missions.

#134 CESSNA MODEL 120 Cessna's first post-WWII production of an all-metal aircraft for civilian use.

#135 SIKORSKY H-5 (R-5) 'DRAGON FLY' Early rescue helicopter. Prototype first flew Aug. 18, 1943.

#137 PIASECKI HUP-3 (UH-25C) 'RETRIEVER' U.S. Navy version of helicopter series which also served with U.S. Army. Used for medical evacuation and light cargo hauling.

#139 LOCKHEED F-94C 'STARFIRE' 2-seat, all-weather. radar-equipped fighter.

#145 BOEING STEARMAN 'KAYDET' Primary trainer, modified for fighting forest fires.

#151 NORTH AMERICAN NA-64 'YALE' Predecessor to the T-6 Texan. Built for France. Adopted by the British in 1940 and furnished to flight training schools in Canada. The U.S. version is designated BT-14.

#152 GRUMMAN J4F-2 'WIDGEON' Used by EDO Corp. for testing purposes. Original hull replaced with half-scale hull for Martin XP5M Flying Boat.

#153 BUDD RB-1 'CONESTOGA' Built out of stainless steel in 1942 because of an anticipated shortage of aluminum. Never used by the military. After WWII Flying Tiger Airlines used them for several years but most ended their flying days in South and Central America.

#154 BEECHCRAFT AT-7 'NAVIGATOR' One of the many military versions of the Beechcraft Model 18. The AT-7 was used for training navigators.

#168 FAIRCHILD C-82A 'PACKET" Predecessor of C-119. Same type of aircraft used in the movie 'Flight of the Phoenix'.

#169 LOCKHEED VC-140B 'JETSTAR' Used as VIP transport by USAF. Limited number used for checking world-wide military navigational aids.

#171 CESSNA 150L 'COMMUTER" Used primarily for civilian pilot training.

#178 CONVAIR TF-102A 'DELTA DAGGER' See entry #39. Trainer version. Most trainer variants of single-seater fighters are seated fore and aft. This aircraft is unusual in that it has side by-side seating.

#179 GENERAL DYNAMICS / MARTIN RB-57F 'CANBERRA' Conversion by General Dynamics involved almost complete redesign and rebuilding. This aircraft was used by NASA for earth curvature study.

#189 RYAN / TEMCO 'TWIN NAVION' Designed originally with a single engine. An unknown number were modified to a twin-engine configuration by Temco, Greenville Division.

#191 NORTH AMERICAN T-39 'SABRELINER' Combat readiness trainer andutility aircraft. Commercial and executive transport versions were also produced.

#196 BUSHBY MM-2 'MIDGET MUSTANG' Variant of single-place Midget Mustang which was designed by David Long of the Piper Co. The design was continued in the late 1950s by Robert Bushby.

#198 CESSNA O-2A 'SKYMASTER' By 1978 over 2,000 model 336 and 337 Skymasters had been built. The military version (O-2) was used for forward air control and psychological warfare missions.

#199 CONVAIR F-106 'DELTA DART' Originally designated F-102B, due to many design changes it became a totally new aircraft and was redesignated F-106A.

#200 COLUMBIA XJL-1 Monoplane evolution of the Grumman Duck. First flown in l946. Only 2 were produced. Due to problems, U.S. Navy halted testing and the aircraft were sold in 1949.

#207 GRUMMAN F9F-4 'PANTHER' Panthers assigned to VF-51 became the first Navy jets to enter combat in Korea, August 1950.

#217 FAIRCHIID C-123 'PROVIDER' See #86. Modified by U.S. Forest Service for firefighting.

#218 SIKORSKY HO3S 'DRAGONFLY' Rescue helicopter used by the U.S. Coast Guard.

#221 CESSNA 310 Civilian transport. First produced in 1954. This aircraft usedby U.S. Forest Service. The military version was designated U-3.

#223 NAVAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY N3N 'YELLOW PERIL' Primary trainer, modified for fighting forest fires.

#224 McDONNELL DOUGLAS AV-8C ADVANCED 'HARRIER' The western world's only operational fixed wing V / STOL (vertical / short takeoff landing) strike fighter.

#225 SUD AVIATION 'CARAVELLE' Originally served with United Air Lines as passenger carrier. Purchased by Aero Services and modified for mapping using sidelooking radar.

#227 VOUGHT (LTV) A-7D 'CORSAIR 11' Sub-sonic close air support and interdiction aircraft.

#228 LOCKHEED SR-71 'BLACKBIRD' Mach 3 +, strategic reconnaissance aircraft operational from 1966-1990. The world's fastest and highest flying aircraft.

#229 GRUMMAN 'GUARDIAN' (AF-2S) Originally designed as a torpedo bomber, it was later modified for anti-submarine warfare. This aircraft was again modified for duty with the U.S. Forest Service.

#231 BOEING B-52G 'STRATOFORTRESS' Long the mainstay of the nuclear deterrent force, 'G' models were used in a conventional role during the Persian Gulf War.

#232 VICKERS MODEL 744 'VISCOUNT' This aircraft was the first turbine-powered aircraft in North America. Operated by Trans Canada Airlines, its first flight was April 18, 1955 between Toronto and New York City.

#233 GRUMMAN F7F-3 'TIGERCAT' Tigercats were first delivered October 1944. with final delivery December 1946. It was not used in WWII but saw extensive service in Korea.

#234 FAIRCHILD C 119C 'FLYING BOXCAR' See#19. Modified by U.S. Forest Service for fighting forest fires.

#235 LOCKHEED P2V 'NEPTUNE' First American land-based plane specifically designed for maritime reconnaissance. This one was reconfigured to fight forest fires.

#237 BELL UH-1M 'IROQUOIS' U.S. Army version fitted with Hughes Aircraft Night Fighter & amp Night Tracker (INFANT} system to detect and acquire ground targets under low ambient light conditions for aiming the side mounted XM-21 guns. lt became operational in Vietnam at the end of 1969.

#238 MIKOYAN-GUREVICH MiG-15bis 'FAGOT' Soviet jet fighter with Korean markings.

#239 MIKOYAN-GUREVICH MiG-15UTI 'MIDGET' 2-seat version for fighter training.

#240 MIKOYAN-GUREVICH MiG-17PF 'FRESCO D' Radar-equipped night fighter.

#241 SIKORSKY HH-3F 'PELICAN' Equipped with advanced electronic equipment for search and rescue duties with the U.S. Coast Guard. A similar version used by the USAF was known as the 'Jolly Green Giant.'

#242 BELL UH-1H 'IROQUOIS' Production of this model started in 1967. It's the most numerous of the 'Huey' variants with 5,435 having been produced.

#243 DOUGLAS DC-7B Commercial airliner / cargo carrier modified by the U.S. Forest Service for fire fighting.

#244 MIKOYAN-GUREVICH MiG-17F 'FRESCO C' Soviet day fighter in N. Vietnamese markings.

#245 SIKORSKY CH-54A 'TARHE' {aka 'SKYCRANE') Originally designed for military transport duty, it was equipped with interchangeable pods for use as a cargo hauler and other missions.

#246 BOEING EC- 135 J Modified from the KC-135 Stratotanker for airborne command and controi missions. Original tail number was 8057.

#247 CESSNA T-37B 'TWEET' USAF's first purpose-built primary jet trairier.

#248 McDONNELL DOUGIAS F-15 'EAGIE' USAF's primary air-superiority fighter.

#251 LOCKHEED D-21 'MINIBLACKBIRD' Supersonic drone designed to be launched from the LOCKHEED A-12.

#256 FAIRCHILD A-10A 'THUNDERBOLT II' Designed specifically for close air support, its 30mm cannon can fire 4,200 rounds per minute.

#257 VOUGHT A7-E United States Navy carrier version of the 'CORSAIR II'

#258 GENERAI DYNAMICS F-111 E "AARDVARK' U.S. Air Force's first operational swingwing combat aircraft.

#300 GROUND IAUNCH CRUISE MISSIIE TRANSPORTER ERECTOR IAUNCNER Also see Ground Launch Cruise Missile in Space Gallery.


There are several commercial aircraft salvage companies immediately to the east of the Museum. To the northeast of the Museum's Davis-Monthan AFB. Here row upon row of aircraft, occupying 3,000 acres, make up part of the over 4,000 aircraft stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC). AMARC maintains surplus aircraft of the various military services. Parts are reclaimed and used to support active aircraft in flying status, and in some cases entire aircraft are reactvated.


In May 1986 the Pima Air and Space Museum opened the Titan Missile Museum, which is located in Green Valley, Arizona. It consists of a former Titan II missile silo which was assigned to the 390th Strategic Missile Wing.54 Titan missile sites were located in the United States -18 in Arizona, 18 in Arkansas, and 18 in Kansas. All have been destroyed except for the Green Valley site, which has been preserved as a museum. It stands today as it stood on alert for 19 years, accurate in every detail except for the empty booster and re-entry vehicle in the silo.


We are indebted to the many volunteers who have contributed to the progress made at the Museum. Volunteers assist in aircraft restoration, exhibits, and library, and serve as tour guides for the presidential aircraft. For a rewarding experience become a volunteer! Please inquire at the gift shop.

The Pima Air and Space Museum is a self supporting, non-profit, educational organization. It is funded solely by gate receipts, gift shop sales, memberships, and donations. The Museum receives no funds from any governmental agency.

The Pima Air and Space Museum opened to the public on May 8, 1976. Since that time, the Museum has evolved from 75 aircraft in a bare desert setting to the fine facility you see today. In May 1988, the Museum was honored to have its 1,000,000 th visitor. You, the visitor, are the Museum's most important asset. For your support, we extend our heartfelt thanks.


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