Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson Arizona

Pictures taken at PASM on August 2005. In many cases, I tried to take closer pictures to provide greater detail on the aircraft.
The museum was mostly empty, as I went mid-day while temperatures were well in the 90's F.

(s = 35mm, m=6x7 Medium Format, l=4x5 Large Format)

SR-71 Blackbird. Excluding the X-15 Program, I believe this is the fastest airplane ever made, despite its 1960's era design. (d)

 



SR-71. I noticed the ripples on its body and am not sure if it was that way originally or if its due to aging. (d)

 

 

SR-71 with a view to its engine. (d)

 

 

SR-71 engine inlet. (d)

 

SR-71 side view. (d)


 

Afterburner section of engine exhaust. (d)

 

 

This is a direct shot into an SR-71 engine exhaust. (d)

 

 

B-17. (d)

 

 

Aircraft parked at PASM. (d)



...These are interior shots of a B-52 bomber from the front wheel well.
I wanted to capture the incredible amounts of wiring and cables that somehow stayed together
to keep these aircraft in the sky. (d)

 

Looking in the B-52 wheelwell, yet another vast array of tangled pulleys, cables, and wires that somehow functioned in unison. (d)

 

 



Another interior picture of a B-52, looking up into its belly. A mass of cables can be seen towards the image top. (d)

 

 

Standing under the wing, four engines can be seen for a total of eight engines on this aircraft. (d)

 

 


A forward looking shot inside a B-52 wheelwell. A maze of cables leads to
an entrance that goes towards the front of the aircraft. (d)

 

This particular B-52 was part of the X-15 program.
The X-15 airplane - really a manned rocket - was connected to the B-52's wing and once airborne,
launched during the 1960's to achieve over 4,000 MPH at altitudes in excess of 300,000 feet.
A highly dangerous affair with a volatile LOX engine, three X-15's were built and two crashed over about 200 flights.
The X-15 pilots were ultimately awarded astronaut wings as their altitude placed them 'in space'.
Once their rocket engines stopped, the X-15 glided back to Earth. Energy management was key during descent,
as a pilot could 'accidentally' glide 2 or 3 states away from the targeted landing area.
For more, read a great book: At The Edge of Space by Milton O. Thompson. (d)

 

Not so high, but still mighty. (d)

 

 


NASA aircraft used to simulate weightlessness. (d)

 

 

Cockpit of former Air Force I. (d)

 

 

B-52. (d)

 

 

Interior of a restored B-17 bomber. (d)

 

A gunner's bubble on the belly of a B17. Guns on either side can be seen.
I recall reading an episode where a gunner was trapped in this bubble as the main landing gear
remained stuck due to aircraft damage leading to a very dangerous landing. (d)

 

 


Bomber side view. (d)

 

 


Former Airforce One, carried LBJ and JFK. (d)

 


A B-24J bomber. (d)


 

Fuel Tanker. (d)

 

 

Various aircraft permanently on loan, resting in the desert. (d)

 

Thanks to SSgt. Jared Terman for making terminology suggestions that improved this page.

2010 John Miranda