USA 2017
~Pima Air & Space Museum~

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In october I revisited the southwest for a combination of memories, the open roads, scenery, tourist sights and... vintage planes. Some hightlights were planned, but I also like to look into local airports with an eye for tarmac turtles, hangar relics and flightline mummies, the neglected, abandoned and/or derelict aircraft.

Our route was circular, with start and finish in Salt Lake City. The planes I found in Colorado and (mainly) in Arizona. So it was inevitable I revisited the Pima Air & Space Museum again.

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
'Beauty of Flight'

 
Opened to the public in May 1976 with 48 aircraft then on display, the Museum's main hangar had an SR-71A Blackbird, an A-10 Warthog, a USAF 'Through the Years' exhibit, and a mock-up of a control tower.
In early 1982 the first hangar on the site was completed. A second was built in 1987, a third in 1992, and a fourth in 1994.
In 2012, the museum collaborated with artists, in 'The Boneyard Project', to place some abandoned aircraft on display as canvases for art.
These days the museum attracts more than 170.000 visitors annually, and houses its own aircraft restoration shop.
The Pima Air and Space Museum also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration (AMARG).

Pima Air Museum 2017
There is a lot to see, so take your time!


 

First something stuff I did not see on previous visits (e.g. 2008)!

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'Time Flies By' on Douglas C-117D BuNo.17102 (c/n 43330)

'The Boneyard Project' is an art exhibition of scrapped military aircraft that have been repurposed as canvases for contemporary artists.
Created by Eric Firestone and organized by curator Carlo McCormick, the exhibition features work by more than 30 artists.
The exhibition is on display at the Pima Air and Space Museum.
www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/the-bone-yard-project

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
C-117D BuNo.17102 (c/n 43330); on AMARC 1997 list, 'AN 6C0028'

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Painted by RETNA': Douglas C-117D 'Warning Shot' BuNo.50808

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C-117D 50808 (c/n 43394)

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Nunca's "'Phoenix of Metal', Douglas C-117D BuNo.17177 (C-117D c/n 43306; rebuilt C-47A 42-82892, c/n 12743)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
'Phoenix of Metal'

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Douglas C-117D BuNo.17177

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'Phoenix of Metal'

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
See also my Photos by Friends & Guests #32


In a different section:
Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
C-45 'Naughty Angels' by Faile. It is Beech C18S (C-45B) N7829 (c/n 5824, ex RCAF HB108)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Lockheed VC-140B Jetstar, 62-4200; identified by Malcolm Nason (3-2017

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Lockheed VC-140B Jetstar, 62-4197; identified by Malcolm Nason 3-2017

Don't know where the various objects went to, e.g. painted nosecones and wingparts. I did not see them when I went through
the museum. Like 'Never Forgive' by Juan James. Flickr.com
That C-97 cockpit & exhibits: where did it all go to? EMAIL

 

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In Memory of William T. Healy
'High Flight was composed by John Gillespie Magee Jr
"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."
en.wikipedia.org:_John_Gillespie_Magee_Jr.

 

 
This is the section for vintage aircraft which were modified for aerial firefighting, socalled 'firebombers' or 'airtankers'.

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Grumman G-82 Guardian 'N9995Z' (msn 321), ex/ BuNo.129233, N9994Z

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Fairchild C-123B/K, 'Tanker 63' N3142D (msn 20029); ex/ 54-0580

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Lockheed P-2H Neptune N14448 (c/n 826-8013) ex/ 24113 (Canada)(CF-MQW)
Restored with parts of c/n 726-7207: BuNo.147957, N7060X

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Douglas DC-7B N51701 (c/n 44701)

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Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar, N13743 (c/n 10369; ex/ 49-0132)

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Northrop YC-125A Raider, XB-GEY (c/n 2520; ex/ 48-0636, N2573B)

 

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A bit of storage I had no access to: C-119 0-90157: 49-0157 (msn10394) to MASDC as 'CJ112' 09Oct1965

 
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B-17 390th Memorial Museum
www.pimaair.org/visit/new-aircraft-list - www.pimaair.org/aircraft-by-name/item/boeing-b-17g-flying-fortress

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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-85828 as '42-31892/H-DI'

'The B-17s flown by the 390th bombed the coast of Normandy before the ground landings; cut German supply lines during the Battle of the Bulge; dropped food supplies to the Dutch the week before Victory in Europe Day and transported prisoners of war back to their homeland.
From 1943–1945, the group flew 301 combat missions over Europe with a loss of 181 aircraft. 714 men sacrificed their life during the war while 731 men were captured and held as POWs.

The B-17G-110-VE 44-85828 (#828), which came to be known as 'I’ll Be Around', was one of the last B-17 planes produced by the Vega Division of Lockheed.
She was produced at a time when the US Army had more B-17s than it could use. #828 was placed nto AAF storage, but the rest was brief. In 1945, she became one of seventeen Fortresses transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard for long-range patrol and air-sea rescue duty.'
Source: www.airplanesofthepast.com/b17-flying-fortress-4485828-ill-be-around.htm


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'I'LL BE AROUND'
en.wikipedia.org:_List_of_surviving_Boeing_B-17_Flying_Fortresses

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'From 1943–1945, the 390th flew 301 combat missions over Europe with a loss of 181 aircraft.
714 men sacrificed their life during the war while 731 men were captured and held as POW's.'

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
I've been to Framlingham, in 1997 - for WW2 memories better go to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
en.wikipedia.org:_Operations_Manna_and_Chowhound:
'Operation Manna and Operation Chowhound were humanitarian food drops, carried out to relieve a famine in German-occupied Holland, undertaken by Allied bomber crews during the final days of World War II in Europe. Manna was carried out by British RAF units, as well as squadrons from the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and Polish air forces, between 29 April and 7 May 1945. Chowhound (1–8 May) was an operation by the U.S. Army Air Forces, which dropped, together with Operation Manna,
a total of over 11,000 tons of food into the still-unliberated western part of the Netherlands, with the acquiescence of the occupying German forces, to help feed Dutch civilians in danger of starvation.'


Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
The Dutch

 

 


 

 

Pima Air Museum 2017
Douglas B-23 Dragon N61Y (c/n 2737); ex/ 39-0051, NC61Y, N61Y, N14C, N534C, N230SU, N534J, '5340'

Like the B-18, the B-23 Dragon was based on a successful Douglas airliner design. This time it was the DC-3 that served as
the basis for the new bomber. Designed in 1939 to replace the B-18 the Dragon was significantly faster than the earlier
design and was slightly better armed as for the first time in an American bomber it was fitted with a tail gun. Despite the improvements the B-23 was still not up to the standards of bombers in use by the European powers. Only 38 Dragons were
built and none of them ever entered combat. By mid-1942 all the Dragons had been relegated to training, or transport duties. However, after the war the relatively high speed of the B-23 made it very popular for conversion to executive transports
and small airlines.
www.pimaair.org/aircraft-by-name/item/douglas-b-23-dragon

Pima Air Museum 2017
Grumman HU-16A Albatross 51-0022
www.pimaair.org/aircraft-by-name/

Pima Air Museum 2017
Beechcraft UC-45J Expeditor, BuNo.39213/213-7L
Convair T-29B 'Flying Classroom' 51-7906/3C (c/n 318; mfr 1951) US Navy (transferred from USAF, hence FY51- serial)

Pima Air Museum 2017
Lockheed/Vega PV-2 Harpoon c/n 15-1223, incorrectly painted as '32757' for it is really BuNo.37257!
Lockheed PV-2 c/n 15-1223 (7255C) is finished accurately as an aircraft serving in the Naval Reserve post-1948,
although its paint has taken some punishment from the desert sun in Arizona. 
Besides this and the blanked-off windows to protect the interior,
it is an accurate representation of the type in postwar service.
www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=66376

List of aircraft in the Pima Air & Space Museum (not complete)

Pima Air Museum 2017
Douglas B-26K Invader, 64-17653/TA (c/n 7091)
The B-26K is a modified and remanufactured A-26B originally built during World War II. On Mark Engineering of
California rebuilt aging Douglas B-26Bs during 1964 and 1965 for use in the Vietnam War. Due to political considerations
the aircraft were called A-26A during their deployment to Thailand with the 609th Special Operations Squadron.
Their duties in Vietnam primarily consisted of interdicting the flow of North Vietnamese supplies and troops down the
Ho Chi Minh Trail. Invaders served until 1969 when the last of them were returned to the United States.
See also https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1403838

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Budd RB-1 Conestoga, XB-DUZ (c/n 16); ex/ BuNo.39307, NC33308
www.flickr.com/photos/52810288@N05/6860840242/

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Martin 4-0-4, N462M (c/n 14153); ex N462A

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Vickers 724 Viscount, N22SN (c/n 40); ex/ CF-TGL, N22SN, 'VP-ABD', BuNo.97349 (on loan from NMMC,VA)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Sud-est SE.210 Caravelle VI-R, N1001U (c/n 86); ex/ N1001U, N4981V

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Lockheed L.049 (C-69) Constellation, N90831 (c/n 1970) - www.conniesurvivors.com/N90831.htm

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Beech UC-45J 43-50222/N1082 (c/n 7822), painted as '29646'.
Identified through OldProps

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Beech C18S, 42-2438 (c/n 4260)
Belonged to the Ogden Air Materiel Area, Hill AFB, UT and was built in 1942 during World War II.
It probably is a composite rebuilt, as 42-2438/N8073H was c/n 4118!

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Douglas VC-118A (DC-6) Liftmaster, 53-3240 (c/n 44611)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Douglas C-54D, 42-72488 (c/n 10593)

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Fairchild C-82A Packet, 44-23006 (c/n 10050); ex/ 44-23006, N6997C

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Fairchild C-82A Packet, 44-23006

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Beech SNB-5P Expeditor, BuNo.39213/7L (c/n 4297)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Lockheed C-130A/D, 57-0493 (c/n 182-3200)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Convair C-131F Samaritan, BuNo.141017 (c/n 300); 'Guantanamo Bay'

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Douglas C-133B Cargomaster, 59-0527 (c/n 45578)

The C-133 was the first U.S. Air Force transport to use turbo-prop engines. The Cargomaster was designed to carry complete Inter-continental Ballistic Missiles.
Later C-133s were built with clamshell rear loading doors which allowed the Titan missile to be carried in one piece rather than disassembled.
The Cargomasters only served from 1957 to the early 1970s, due in part to serious problems with metal fatigue in their long thin fuselages.
A total of 50 C-133s were built.

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Douglas C-117D / R4D-8 BuNo.50826 (c/n 43363)
Rebuilt from R4D-6 BuNo.50826 (c/n 26924/15479); ex/ 43-46993

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Fairchild C-123B Provider, 4505 US Coast Guard (c/n 20166; ex/ 55-4505)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II, 52-1004 (c/n 43913)

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Lockheed Neptune, BuNo.135620/5L

By Joe Baugher-
135620 (MSN 726-7052)
Accepted as P2V-7 at Burbank 26Sep55. NARF Alameda Sep'55 to Nov'55; VP-9 Alameda Nov'55 to Nov'59; NARF Alameda Nov'59 to Apr'60 (P2V-7S conversion).
Lockheed Burbank Apr'60 to Aug'60; NARF Alameda Aug'60; VP-31 North Island Aug'60 to Oct'64; VP-7 Jacksonville Oct'64 to Nov'65; VP-23 Brunswick Nov'65 to Dec'65; VP-11 Brunswick Dec'65 to Oct'66.
Lockheed Burbank Oct'66 to Sep'67.
Modified in 1967 as AP-2H gunship, for use in Vietnam under Project TRIM (Trails and Roads Interdiction, Multisensor).
NATC Patuxent River Sep'67 to Oct'67.
Lockheed Burbank Oct'67 to Nov'67.
NATC Patuxent River Nov'67 to Mar'68; VAH-21 Sangley Point, Philippines Mar'68 to Jun'69 (Project Trim).
To MASDC as '1P0197' 25Jun75 and transferred to Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ that same day.
On loan from National Naval Aviation Museum.


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Boeing C-97G HB-ILY (USAF 52-2626; c/n 16657) in foreground and KC-97G 53-0151 (c/n 16933)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Grumman E-1B Tracer, BuNo.147227 (c/n 26)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Avro MR.2 Shackleton AEW.2, N790WL (c/n?); ex/ WL790

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Avro MR.2 Shackleton AEW.2, N790WL - an impressive beast!

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Douglas AD-5N/Q Skyraider, BuNo.135018 (c/n 10095)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Boeing 707-100 N930NA 'Weightless Wonder - Johnson Space Center'
Previously on display at Ellington Field (KEFD), Houston

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Aero Spacelines 377-SG Super Guppy (converted Boeing 377-10-26 Stratocruiser), N940NS (c/n 15938)
ex/ N1038V, N940NA - incorporated parts from c/n 15944: (OY-DFY), G-ALSB, (N103Q), N408Q.

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Lockheed VC-121A Constellation 48-0614 (c/n 749A-2606) 'Columbine'

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
General Eisenhower's 'Columbine 1', VC-121A 48-0614

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Plenty of fighter aircraft too here on display, but I had my fill...

 

 

Let's have a look inside...

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Columbia XJL-1 N54205, the only survivor of only three made!

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Grumman J4F-2 Widgeon, BuNo.32976 (c/n 1330) 'Petulant Porpoise'

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Center: Douglas B-18B Bolo, 8593 (38-0593, N66267; c/n 2643)
38-0593 operated as firebomber N66267 during 1954-1970.
In storage at Litchfield, AZ by Sep.'69. Delivered to Pima 05Sep1976.
[By JoeBaugher.com]

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Beech S18D CF-BKN (N55681, c/n 177); ex/ CF-BKN, YV-AZB

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Lockheed L.10-A / UC-36A Electra, NC14260 (c/n 1011); ex/ NC14260, 42-56638, NC14260, 104 (Honduras), N4963C

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Waco ZKS-6, NC16523 (c/n 4512); ex/ NC16523, N16523

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Curtis O-52 Owl, 40-2746
www.primeportal.net/hangar/bill_spidle4/o-52_40-2746

'The Curtiss O-52 'Owl' was an observation aircraft used by the U.S. Army Air Corps before and during World War II.
Developed in 1939, the Curtiss O-52 was the last 'heavy' observation aircraft developed for the US Army Air Corps. The concept of the two-seat observation aircraft, classed as the - 'O'-series aircraft, dated to World War I. In 1940, the Army Air Corps ordered 203 Curtiss O-52s for observation duties.
By 1941, the O-52 was no match for modern combat conditions.' [Wikipedia]

Joe Baugher on 42-2746-
'msn 14279: wrecked in landing accident at Brooks Field, TX 02Apr1942.
Noted derelict at Chino. Noted dismantled on trailer at Chino Feb. 2004, allegedly to be moved to Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ.
In 2008 was at Pima and was mostly restored. In 2013 was on display at Pima Air And Space Museum.'


Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan, V-304 (41-9577, c/n 1003; ex/ 41-9577, N6953C), next to a Cessna
JRC-1 Bobcat (AT-17D/UC-78C, c/n 4153 - ex/42-72157, N66794 painted as a JRC-1).

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Douglas C-47 Skytrain, 41-7723 /Z-D8 (c/n 4201)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Consolidated B-24J Liberator, 44-44175 (c/n 1470) 'Bungay Buckaroo'; ex/44-44175, KH304, HE877 (India), N7866
www.airplanesofthepast.com/b24-liberator-bungay-buckaroo

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Consolidated B-24J Liberator, 44-44175 (c/n 1470) 'Bungay Buckaroo' - 'No.6 Squadron, Indian Air Force'

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Douglas A-26C Invader, 43-22494 (c/n 18641) - www.airport-data.com
Joe Baugher: '43-22494 (msn 18641), delivered to USAAF 24Jan1944. Redesignated JDB-26C April 1955.
To MASDC August 1958. To display Dec.1960 at Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ.'

en.wikipedia.org:_List_of_surviving_Douglas_A-26_Invaders

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Lockheed C-60 Lodestar, 'LT909' - but this is not an original Dutch aircraft!
This particular fuselage used for this exhibit is of Lodestar C-60A-1-LO delivered to the USAAC as 42-55884.

Here at the Pima & Air & Space Museum I was glad I came across an aircraft (fuselage) in Dutch markings, painted
and decorated with code 'LT909'. The Lodestar (model 18) fuselage is painted in a Dutch East Indies (ML-KNIL)
scheme with the black bordered orange triangle markings, used between 1939-1942 in the East Indies.
The Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force (Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger,
ML-KNIL) was the air arm of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)
from 1939 until 1950. It was an entirely separate organisation from the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
More on the original LT909 here: www.adastron.com/lockheed/lodestar/vh-ary

The 'walk through' exhibit was seen at Pima air museum near Tucson, Arizona in 2015, so seems a recent addition?
www.ipms.nl/walkarounds/walkaround-vliegtuigen-props/2009-walkaround-lockheed-lodestar

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Cabin, spartan...

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Frontoffice of Lockheed C-60 Lodestar, 'LT909'
The original LT909 was Lodestar c/n 2104 (17-03-1942) - Handed over to USAF; to 374th
Troop Carrier Group, 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron; received Australian registration VH-CAC'

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Dutch East Indies markings, 'LT909'

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer, BuNo.59819
I came across this airframe at Galveston,TX in 2015 being prepared transport.

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer, BuNo.59819

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Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Bristol 149 bolingbroke IVT 'Z9592' BK-V compiste of at least 3 derelict airframes including 10076
I came across a cemetery of Bolingbrokes in Brandon, Canada 2007

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Spitfire H XA

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Canso A, 9742 (N68740, c/n 407) - www.pimaair.org/visit/new-aircraft-list
Previous identities I have for this 'pig boat': 9742 (Canada), N68740, (N6208H).
In Nov.2015 I had come across N68740 at the Lone Star Museum (still in Galveston,TX then). A splendid restoration!

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
North American B-25J Mitchell, 43-27712 (c/n 108-34725)

'The B-25 is perhaps the most successful American medium bomber of World War II.
It served in every theater of the war, with all branches of the U.S. military and with several allied air forces.
It is most famous as the type of aircraft flown by 'the Doolittle Raiders' from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in early 1942.
B-25s served as both traditional bombers and as gunships with large numbers of machine guns, and in one version a 75mm cannon in the nose. The B-25J returned to the standard 'glass'-nose for use as a bomber.
However, many were converted to a 'solid' gunship nose and used for very low level attacks.
The Mitchell continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force until as late as 1960, as staff transports and trainers.'

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Touching noses: Boeing B-29 Superfortress 44-70016 (c/n 10848) 'Sentimental Journey'
and Curtiss C-46 Commando, 44-77635

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
www.b29-superfortress.com/b29-superfortress-4470016-sentimental-journey.htm

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Curtiss C-46 Commando, 44-77635 (c/n 33031)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
Curtiss C-46 Commando, 44-77635 (c/n 33031)

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
en.wikipedia.org:_China_Burma_India_Theater

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ - Ruud Leeuw 2017
North American P-51D Mustang, '44-63272/C' 'Bad Angel'


For the identification and details here I am very much indebted to
Bob Ogden's publication '...North America'
 


USA 2017
PAGE 1 - drive down from Eckert,CO to Tucson (included)
PAGE 2 - Phoenix area, Kingman and Muab (UT)
PAGE 3 - Tucson's Salvage Yards
PAGE 4 - Pima Air & Space Museum revisited
PAGE 5 - Flight over AMARG & Pinal Air Park

MY 2008 VISIT TO PIMA AIR MUSEUM




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