USA South West - Pima-AMARG
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Around 11am the sun is in a bad position for reasonable photos and we continued to the Pima Air & Space Museum. This excellent place is around 30 minutes straight down the road and offers one of the most amazing collections of aircraft I have ever seen. Not only because of the number of aircraft, but also due to the great variety and the great possibilities to take photos!
Most of the exhibits are placed outside in a vast area, and I have been really lucky that the weather was very agreeable because even with a hat, layers of sunscreen and short trousers it got quite hot. I cannot imagine going there in summer. The photos here are only a short impression out of the collection of more than 275 aircraft and helicopters.
Pima Air & Space Museum
At the museum the bus tours going to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the "Boneyard" and previously known as "AMARC" (C for Center), are offered. Of course we took the tour of around 90 minutes, giving a short impression of this amazing place with over 4000 aircraft on place: It was really an amazing sight to see some famous aircraft like the F-14 Tomcat or even the B-1 bomber being put in storage there. At the beginning "Celebrity Row" was passed, with several special aircraft on display, followed by a quick rush through parts of the remaining area. Unfortunately this was done quite fast and photography through the windows of the bus was therefore really difficult.
And last but not least some of the aircraft approaching the nearby Davis-Montham Air Force Base can be photographed from the premises of the museum.
Fortunately it was only a short hop to Phoenix compared to the day before, and it was quite a difference to arrive there after the last few days of cruising on lonely highways. A cheap but convenient hotel was found in the Mexican quarter near the airport. The nearby supermarket was also very interesting, though shopping was a bit difficult there with only rudimentary knowledge of the Spanish language… But for a change and the sake of globalization we had an excellent Chinese buffet for only 7$.