Pima Air Space Museum

350+ aircraft

Tucson, AZ

May 8, 1976

  • September 11, 1968 -320 acres of BLM Land given to Pima County for the museum for $800
  • March 22, 1969 – Republic of India retired the last operational Consolidated B-24 Liberator and gave it to the museum
  • April 27, 1969, thirty-one days and 11,000 miles after leaving India
  • approximately 30 acres of the new park for the initial museum site
  •  August 1973 – acquired the last of the World War II barracks buildings at Davis-Monthan
  • Opened to the public in May 8, 1976
  • Opened with 48 aircraft on display
  • World’s largest non-government funded aerospace museum
  • 127 acres
  • 1982 first hangar built
  • November 11, 1982 – Titan silo was deactivated
  • 1984 – 390th Memorial Museum opened
  • May 8, 1986 – Titan Missile Museum opened to the public 
  • 1987 second hangar built for  administrative offices, library, archives, collections storage and a small exhibit gallery for the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame
  • 1990 – restoration hangar built
  • 1992 – name of the museum was changed to “Pima Air & Space Museum”
  • 1992 third hangar built – World War II aircraft & B-24J Liberator
  • 1994 fourth hangar built
  • 1995 – name of the foundation was changed to “The Arizona Aerospace Foundation.”
  • 1999 – Space Gallery opened
  • 2006 – Hangar 1 Expanded
  • 2010 – Hangar 1 expanded again (20,000sq feet)
  • 2015 given the second Boeing 787 aircraft to be built
  • 2016 given the first McDonnell-Douglas DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital
  • 2020 – 350+ aircraft
    100,000 square feet of indoor display space

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