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PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM TO RECEIVE DC-10 FROM ORBIS

Plane Scheduled to Arrive in Tucson on Monday, November 7, 2016
Tucson, November 4, 2016 –The Pima Air & Space Museum announced today that it will add the recently
retired Orbis DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital to its ever-expanding world renowned collection.

The Orbis DC-10, Flying Eye Hospital, will arrive Monday, November 7 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and
then be towed to nearby Pima Air & Space Museum. A formal induction ceremony and opening of public static display will be announced at a later date. News media should contact the museum on status of plane’s arrival.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring this significant aircraft to the museum, the Tucson community and Arizona in general,” said Scott Marchand, Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum. “We are honored to be selected by Orbis to be the custodian of this very unique aircraft and to be able to display it to the public and teach visitors from the USA and around the world about its important humanitarian role.”

The Orbis DC-10, Flying Eye Hospital is the result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medial and aviation industries. As an airborne eye hospital, Orbis has been able to relocate an ophthalmic teaching facility to airports throughout the developing world. On the outside, the plane is like most other aircraft. Inside, however, it is like no other aircraft in the world.

“Our mission at Orbis is to bring the world together to fight blindness, as we believe that no one should go blind from conditions that are treatable or preventable,” said Bob Ranck, President & CEO, Orbis International. “The Flying Eye Hospital helps us do that. It is in equal parts teacher, envoy and advocate. We harness this powerful tool for change to support long-term programs around the world.”

On its final historic flight to the Pima Air & Space Museum, the Orbis DC-10 will be piloted by the longest serving Orbis volunteer pilot, Captain William Willson, a retired United Airlines Pilot. He will be assisted by a volunteer FedEx flight crew, consisting of: Robert Rutherford, David Hulbert, and Terry Zubrod. Also on board are Orbis Aircraft Maintenance personnel Richard Jorgenson and John Mashino and Orbis’s Director of Aircraft Operations, Bruce Johnson.

Orbis DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital
This particular DC-10, DC-10-10, is the second McDonnell-Douglas DC-10 to be produced. First serving as a test aircraft, the airplane would later go on to be used by numerous other airlines. In 1992, Orbis purchased it and registered it as N220AU. After 2 years of outfitting the Orbis DC-10 took over as the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital and completed its inaugural mission to Beijing, China. Over the next 22 years, the Orbis DC-10 completed 299 missions, and visited 78 countries. The Orbis DC-10 took its final Flying Eye Hospital mission to Trujillo, Peru in September 2015.”

Orbis

Orbis is an international non-profit that brings the world together to fight blindness and equip developing nations with the skills, resources and knowledge they need to deliver quality eye care to all their people. We call on our team of 400 expert medical volunteers from 30 countries to train local medical teams, both in their hospitals and on the Flying Eye Hospital, emphasizing quality and safety standards for patient care.

Built upon a strong foundation of partnerships across the world, we harness the finest talent, tools and
technologies to train eye care teams, strengthen healthcare systems and advocate to make fighting blindness a priority.

We span the globe to bring people together—expert surgeons and village doctors, community nurses and
traditional healers, health ministers and community activists, global foundations and individual donors—so that we can work as one to ensure no one loses their sight to a preventable, treatable disease. For more information, please visit www.orbis.org.

The Pima Air & Space Museum
The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 325 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe—including many rare and one-of-a-kind—and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial and civil aviation. Among them are the SR-71 Blackbird—the world’s fastest plane, a B-29 Superfortress—the highest flying and fastest WWII bomber, a rare World War II German V-1 “buzz bomb” and a state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamline. The museum has six large hangars totaling nearly 200,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center, and also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Bone Yard” (across from the museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base).

The Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, Exit 267 off Interstate 10. The
museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 3 p.m. Admission is $15.50 ($12.25 for Pima County Residents) for adults, $12.75 for seniors 62 and older and active military, $9.00 for youth 5-12, and free for children under 4. For general museum information, please call 520-574-0462 or visit www.pimaair.org.

Pima Air & Space Museum Wings Program of the Summer Last Night

PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM HOST LAST NIGHT WINGS PROGRAM OF THE SUMMER
Tucson, August 24, 2016 –The Pima Air & Space will send-off the final “Night Wings” of the year this Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 5-9pm.

At this Saturdays “Night Wings”, Pima Air & Space Museum has partnered with the following organizations to send off the last “Night Wings” of the year. Palo Verde High School Robotics Team, Lunar and Planetary Labs at the University of Arizona, UND Aerospace Foundation from University of North Dakota, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Civil Air Patrol Squadron 105 Composite, International Association for Astronomical Artists, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 81, Physics Factory, Tucson Air National Guard, the World View Enterprises, and the Davis-Monthan A-10 pilots will be present to host activities.

“We are so excited to partner with so many fabulous organizations,” said Scott Marchand, Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum. “It really is a great opportunity for the local community to come out and learn about all the wonderful aviation and aerospace activities that are taking place in our community.”

In addition, to the participating organizations, the Museums Seek, Do & Win stations will be available for guest to partake in. These hands-on S.T.E.M. based activity stations will be placed throughout the museums 

Discounted evening admission of $10 starts at 4:00pm, with kids 12 and under FREE. One tram tour of the 150 outdoor aircraft will be offered at 6pm for an additional $4 per person. The outdoor display grounds will be open for self-exploration until dusk and The Flight Grill will be serving up great food—burgers, salads, pizza and ice cream, until 8pm.

The Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non- government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe—including many rare and one-of-a-kind—and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial and civil aviation. Among them are the SR-71 Blackbird—the world’s fastest plane, a B-29 Superfortress—the highest flying and fastest WWII bomber, and a rare World War II German V-1 “buzz bomb.” The museum has five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center, and also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Bone Yard” (across from the museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base).

The Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, Exit 267 off Interstate 10. The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission is $15.50 ($12.25 for Pima County Residents) for adults, $12.75 for seniors 62 and older and active military, $9.00 for youth 7-12, and free for children under 6. For general museum information, please call 520- 574-0462 or visit www.pimaair.org.

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Pima Air & Space Museum Summer Night Wings Program

PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM KICKS-OFF SUMMER NIGHT WINGS PROGRAM THIS SATURDAY
Tucson, July 20, 2016 –The Pima Air & Space Museum will kick-off its summer evening “Night Wings” program this Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 5-9pm.

At this Saturdays “Night Wings”, The Pima Air & Space Museum will debut its new Seek, Do & Win – Activity Stations. These hands-on educational activity stations will be stationed throughout the museum hangars/grounds. At the Aircraft Materials Station, guest will get to explore and touch different materials that aircraft are made out of and then be asked to look around and determine the materials used on the aircraft around them. In the Dorothy Finley Space Gallery, guest will get to participate in the Programming Robots Station, where they will learn about programming using markers and small Ozobot Robots that can sense the color drawn on paper.

“We are very excited about these new Seek, Do & Win – Activity Stations” said Mina Stafford, Curator of Education at the Pima Air & Space Museum. “Not only are they fabulous STEM based hands-on activity stations for children they are appealing to our guest of all ages.”

In addition to the hands-on educational activity stations, A-10 Pilots from Davis Monthan Air Force Base will be at the museum with some of their equipment on display and be available to talk with guests about their life as a pilot. The University of Arizona and Planetary Science Institute will also have a Space Science Section to explore. The museums outdoor display grounds will be open till dusk and 3 of the museums hangars will be open until 8:45pm.

“It truly is a remarkable time and opportunity to visit the museum” said Scott Marchand, Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum. “There is something for everyone at “Night Wings and nothing quite like exploring our 300 amazing planes contrasted by the setting sun!” Discounted evening admission of $10 starts at 4:00pm, with kids 12 and under FREE. Great food—burgers, salads, pizza and ice cream—will be for sale in The Fight Grill. There will be one more 2016 “Night Wings” summer evening events this year on August 27, 5-9pm (the 4th Saturday of the month).

The Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non- government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe—including many rare and one-of-a-kind—and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial and civil aviation. Among them are the SR-71 Blackbird—the world’s fastest plane, a B-29 Superfortress—the highest flying and fastest WWII bomber, and a rare World War II German V-1 “buzz bomb.” The museum has five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center, and also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Bone Yard” (across from the museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base).

The Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, Exit 267 off Interstate 10. The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission is $15.50 ($12.25 for Pima County Residents) for adults, $12.75 for seniors 62 and older and active military, $9.00 for youth 7-12, and free for children under 6. For general museum information, please call 520- 574-0462 or visit www.pimaair.org.

Pima Air & Space Museum 40th Anniversary Discount

PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM TO ROLL BACK ADMISSION PRICES IN HONOR OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Tucson, May 3, 2016 –40 years ago this Sunday, the Pima Air & Space Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time. In honor of its 40th Anniversary the museum will roll back admission prices to its opening day rates for one day only, this Sunday, May 8, 2016! All adults 13 and older will be $1.50 and all children 12 and under will be $.50. To get in on the rollback pricing the museums restaurant, Flight Grill, will offer a 40th Anniversary special for the day of a hot dog, small fries and fountain drink, all for the low price of $1.00!

After 10 years of planning, on May 8, 1976 the Pima Air Museum opened its doors to the public with nothing more than a small ticket trailer, an initial collection of 48 aircraft and a chain-link fence surrounding the grounds. Over the past 40 years the museum has grown to now encompass over 250,000 square feet of interior display space on over 80 acres of outside display grounds, boasting over 325 aircraft and 125,000 artifacts in the collection!

“If it wasn’t for the vision of our original founders and then the determination and devotion of the staff, volunteers, board members, museum members, community leaders and donors the museum would not be where it is today and experiencing the positive growth that we are” said Chairman of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation, Count Ferdinand von Galen. “It is truly remarkable to stop and reflect on the past 40 years!”

The museum has spent the past 40 years acquiring some of the rarest, as well as most diverse aircraft collection in the world. Alone, this past year the museum acquired a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from The Boeing Company, making it one of only three on public display throughout the world. Within the next month the museum will open its sixth display hangar, Hangar 5, which will add an additional 27,000 square-foot of interior display space and be devoted to WWII and Pacific Theater aircraft, including a B-26 Marauder and a P-47 Thunderbolt. “The past 40 years have been quite impressive” said the Pima Air & Space Museum, Executive Director, Scott Marchand, “but the future is just as bright for the Pima Air & Space Museum!”

The Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non- government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe—including many rare and one-of-a-kind—and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial and civil aviation. Among them are the SR-71 Blackbird—the world’s fastest plane, a B-29 Superfortress—the highest flying and fastest WWII bomber, and a rare World War II German V-1 “buzz bomb.” The museum has five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center, and also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Bone Yard” (across from the museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base).

The Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, Exit 267 off Interstate 10. The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission is $15.50 ($12.25 for Pima County Residents) for adults, $12.75 for seniors 62 and older and active military, $9.00 for youth 7-12, and free for children under 6. For general museum information, please call 520- 574-0462 or visit www.pimaair.org.

Pima Air & Space Museum Weekend

LOTS TO SEE AT THE PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM THIS WEEKEND
Tucson, November 5, 2015 –If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend – the Pima Air & Space Museum has two different offerings sure to delight. On Saturday, November 7 the museum will host a historic military vehicle show entitled “Wings and Wheels.” This impressive annual display of jeeps, trucks and motorcycles is a partnership between the Southern Arizona Military Vehicle Collectors Club and the Pima Air & Space Museum. There will be more than 20 historic military vehicles on display under the wings of many iconic airplanes plus enthusiastic club members in authentic uniforms to share their knowledge.

Also, in partnership with the Tucson Radio Control Club the museum is able to bring you on both Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 a display of nearly 30 to scale plastic model airplanes and aircraft carriers. Some of the scale models on display will be over 6 feet in length with wingspans of the likes.

“These shows are a perfect way to augment our collection,” states Scott Marchand Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum. Marchand continued, “With these clubs participation, it’s a great opportunity to make, as we say ‘history come to life’ for our visitors.”

Both shows are free with paid admission to the Museum.

The Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non- government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe—including many rare and one-of-a-kind—and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial and civil aviation. Among them are the SR-71 Blackbird—the world’s fastest plane, a B-29 Superfortress—the highest flying and fastest WWII bomber, and a rare World War II German V-1 “buzz bomb.” The museum has five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center, and also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Bone Yard” (across from the museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base).

The Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, Exit 267 off Interstate 10. The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission is $15.50 ($12.25 for Pima County Residents) for adults, $12.75 for seniors 62 and older and active military, $9.00 for youth 7-12, and free for children under 6. For general museum information, please call 520- 574-0462 or visit www.pimaair.org.

Pima Air & Space Museum Night of Fright

PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM LOWERS ENTRY FEE FOR ITS NIGHT OF FRIGHT
Tucson, October 20, 2015 –The Pima Air & Space Museum is lowering the admission price to $10 for its fifth annual “Night of Fright” this Friday, October 23rd from 5 to 9pm (with the last admission at 8pm).

This family friendly, non-scary, Halloween event features:

“trick or treating”
pony rides
“ghoulish” games (“Eyeball Mini Putt- Putt,” “Ghost Bowling,” “Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss”)
a baked goods walk
Halloween tattoos
plus viewing the airplanes and exhibits in their Main Hangar
The Flight Grill restaurant, will transform into Fright Grill for the evening, as it offers a free scoop of Thrifty ice cream with any regularly priced entrée.

“We are pleased to provide a safe Halloween environment for our community’s little ghouls and goblins” said Scott Marchand, the Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum. Marchand continued, “It is exciting to host our 5th year of this fun event, which gets bigger and better every year!”

Admission to this one-night carnival and costume event is free for museum members and children 12 and under, and $10 for anyone age 13 and older.

The Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non- government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe—including many rare and one-of-a-kind—and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial and civil aviation. Among them are the SR-71 Blackbird—the world’s fastest plane, a B-29 Superfortress—the highest flying and fastest WWII bomber, and a rare World War II German V-1 “buzz bomb.” The museum has five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center, and also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Bone Yard” (across from the museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base).

The Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, Exit 267 off Interstate 10. The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission is $15.50 ($12.25 for Pima County Residents) for adults, $12.75 for seniors 62 and older and active military, $9.00 for youth 7-12, and free for children under 6. For general museum information, please call 520- 574-0462 or visit www.pimaair.org.

Military Vehicle Preservation Association Convoy

MILITARY VEHICLE PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION CONVOY TO HAVE STOPOVER AT THE PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM THIS AFTERNOON
Tucson, October 13, 2015 –The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) 2015 Bankhead Highway Convoy is expected to arrive at the Pima Air & Space Museum at 3:30pm this afternoon.

In 1920, to further their understanding of the practicality of motorized transport and its place in the US ARMY, Col. John F. Franklin lead a motor convoy of various military vehicles across the country on the newly-formed Bankhead Highway. The 1920 route began at the White House, in Washington, DC and ended at Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA. They traveled some 3,300 miles over 116 days.

To mark the 95th Anniversary of the Convoy the MVPA’s begun retracing the original 1920 Transcontinental Motor Convoy route on September, 19 with a departure from Washington, DC. With as many as 65 Historic Military Vehicles (HMVs) in the convoy, ranging from WWI-era to those just released from the US Armed Forces inventories. The privately owned HMVs include motorcycles, jeeps and large cargo trucks. The convoy is expected to arrive in San Diego, CA on October 17, 2015.

“We are very excited to be a stopover place for the MVPA’s 2015 Bankhead Highway Convoy” said Scott Marchand, Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum. “This is a great opportunity for the community to come out and see some very fascinating military vehicles from the past and the present.” The MVPA’s 2015 will be parked on the museum grounds near the C-141 Starlifter. The Pima Air & Space Museum is open until 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm. The convoy is expected to depart from the museum early tomorrow morning as they continue on their route towards San Diego, CA.

The Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non- government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe—including many rare and one-of-a-kind—and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial and civil aviation. Among them are the SR-71 Blackbird—the world’s fastest plane, a B-29 Superfortress—the highest flying and fastest WWII bomber, and a rare World War II German V-1 “buzz bomb.” The museum has five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center, and also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Bone Yard” (across from the museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base).

The Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, Exit 267 off Interstate 10. The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission is $15.50 ($12.25 for Pima County Residents) for adults, $12.75 for seniors 62 and older and active military, $9.00 for youth 7-12, and free for children under 6. For general museum information, please call 520- 574-0462 or visit www.pimaair.org.

787 Dreamliner From the Boeing Company

PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM TO RECEIVE 787 DREAMLINER FROM THE BOEING COMPANY
Plane Scheduled to Arrive in Tucson on Thursday, March 26

Tucson, March 25, 2015 –The Pima Air & Space Museum announced today it will join the ranks of the very few with the donation of an original flight test 787 Dreamliner from The Boeing Company into its expanding world renowned collection.

The 787 Dreamliner, known as ZA002, will arrive today at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and then be towed to nearby Pima Air & Space Museum. A formal induction ceremony and opening of public static display will be announced at a later date. News media should contact the museum on status of plane’s arrival.

“This is an extremely exciting and monumental time for the museum, the Tucson community and Arizona in general,” said Scott Marchand, Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum. “We are honored to be selected by The Boeing Company to be the custodian of such a significant historic next generation aircraft and to be able to display it to the public from the USA and from around the world.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new family of midsize airplanes that deliver new efficiencies, exceptional environmental performance and passenger pleasing features. Advances in engines, aerodynamics, airplane systems and materials, including airframe made mostly of carbon-fiber composites, make the 787 family 20 to 30 percent more fuel efficient than the airplanes it replaces, with an equivalent reduction in emissions.

“Boeing is proud of our long-standing relationship with the Pima Air & Space Museum, and donating the second 787 Dreamliner begins another chapter in our partnership,” said Boeing Vice President of Attack Helicopter Programs and Senior Mesa Site Executive, Kim Smith. “We’re thrilled to share this 787 with students, aviation enthusiasts and visitors from Arizona and around the world.”

Dreamliner Number 2

This particular 787, ZA002, is the second Boeing 787-8 to be produced. The airplane flew for the first time on December 22, 2009, joining what would become a six-airplane flight test and certification program for the 787- 8. The primary focus of ZA002 was testing systems performance.

The Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest nongovernment funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe—including many rare and one-of-a-kind—and more than 125,000 artifacts. Exhibits at the museum include some of the world’s greatest aviation heritage, including military, commercial and civil aviation. Among them are the SR-71 Blackbird—the world’s fastest plane, a B-29 Superfortress—the highest flying and fastest WWII bomber, and a rare World War II German V-1 “buzz bomb.” The museum has five large hangars totaling more than 177,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center, and also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Bone Yard” (across from the museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base).

The Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, Exit 267 off Interstate 10. The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission is $15.50 ($12.25 for Pima County Residents) for adults, $12.75 for seniors 62 and older and active military, $9.00 for youth 7-12, and free for children under 6. For general museum information, please call 520- 574-0462 or visit www.pimaair.org.

Pima Air & Space Museum’s 2014 Great Paper Airplane Fly-off

REGISTER NOW FOR PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM’S 2014 GREAT PAPER AIRPLANE FLY-OFF
REGISTER NOW FOR PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM’S 2014 GREAT PAPER AIRPLANE FLY-OFF NEW THIS YEAR:

NEW PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS: including A FLIGHT IN A PRIVATE AIRPLANE!
INCREASED NUMBER OF CONTESTANTS, WITH A MINIMUM OF 2 TOSSES PER CONTESTANT
EXPANDED DAY OF FUN
SPECIAL EDUCATOR WEBPAGE
FAMILY COMPETITION
Tucson—Feb. 8, 2014 Registration is underway for the Pima Air & Space Museum’s 3rd Annual Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off scheduled for Feb. 8, 2014 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). NEW this year will be new prizes, including a 30-minute “Introductory Flight” from Double Eagle Aviation and an iPad with flight-simulator-app; day-long fun; 75% more contestants, an Educator webpage and the Family Fun Fly-off.
In the main event, the Great Paper Airplane Fly-off, children, aged 6-14, fold and fly a paper airplane. The competition will be divided into three age brackets: 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14 years old, with each bracket being judged on flight distance. Each contestant will toss their airplane in at least two heats. The winner of each age bracket will be awarded an iPad with an aviation simulation app, a $200 Double-Eagle Aviation 30-minute “Introductory Flight” for two, and a Great Paper Airplane Project flight jacket, plus the winner’s name will be placed on the perpetual trophy on display in the Great Paper Airplane Project permanent exhibit at the museum. Registration, which is FREE, will be limited to the first 350 child contestants and can be completed online at www.GreatPaperAirplane.org. (NOTE: Last year only 200 could enter.) On the day of the Fly-off, each registered child contestant and up to four of their family members will be admitted into the Museum free of charge for the day (a $71+ value).

The expanded day of fun includes:

a NASCAR® race car and simulator, courtesy of Mars, North America, Candies
a giant inflatable obstacle course located amidst the museum’s 150 outdoor planes
hourly door prizes including family museum memberships, year-supplies of Mars products (GOODNESSKNOWS® Snack Squares, MARATHON® Brand Energy Bars, M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies, SNICKERS® Brand Bars, etc.) and the grand prize: a $200 Double Eagle Aviation 30-minute “Introductory Flight” for two. No charge to enter the drawings, winners must be present to win.
a paper airplane demonstration by Guinness-World-Record holder Ken Blackburn
a DJ and music throughout the festivities.
The Educator webpage offers a resource for teachers with a lesson plan, instructions for holding a mini-fly-off, paper- airplane patterns and links to various related sites with paper-airplane learning and facts.
In the NEW Family Fun Fly-off, the family/team with the longest average paper-airplane flight distance wins a $200 30-minute “Introductory Flight” for two from Double Eagle Aviation and a year-long family membership to the Pima Air & Space/Titan Missile Museums. A minimum of one adult 18+ (and a maximum of two adults) and a minimum of one child under 17 are required to enter the Family Fun Fly-off and registration was limited to the first 10 families (or teams) of up to six who register. NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THE FAMILY FUN FLY-OFF IS ALREADY FULL/CLOSED.
Add this to expert tips from paper-airplane Guinness-World-Record holder Ken Blackburn (while entrants are folding and testing their airplanes) plus backpacks, t-shirts, snacks and lunch for the contestants, all amidst the inspiring Pima Air & Space Museum collection.

“This exciting event, part of a grander inspirational campaign to interest kids in aviation and engineering, is evolving to greater and greater heights,” explained Yvonne C. Morris, Executive Director of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation/Pima Air & Space Museum. “We are grateful to sponsors Mars, North America, Candies and Double Eagle Aviation for helping us expand this program that makes learning about science and technology fun,” Morris continued.

The annual Great Paper Airplane Fly-off grew out of the Great Paper Airplane Project. Registration for the children’s fly-off ends February 4, 2014 (or when 350 contestants have registered).

ABOUT THE GREAT PAPER AIRPLANE PROJECT

On March 21, 2012 the Pima Air & Space Museum made history by flying the world’s largest paper airplane: 45-feet long with a 24-foot wingspan. The airplane was inspired by then 12-year-old Tucson resident Arturo Valdenegro, whose paper airplane flew the farthest when he competed against hundreds of children in the first Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off. Arturo got to meet with the engineers who oversaw the design and construction of the 800-pound paper airplane, which flew at an altitude of 2,703 feet and a speed of 98 miles per hour. Remnants of the plane and many fly-off entrants’ planes are on permanent display at The Pima Air & Space Museum.

ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

Be wowed at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world and the largest non-government-funded in the U.S. (TripAdvisor ranks it in the Top 10% worldwide for excellent ratings.) Its significant collection, 300 strong from around the globe, covers commercial, military and civil aviation. Plus they exhibit more than 125,000+ artifacts, including a moon rock donated by Tucsonan and Astronaut Frank Borman. Be amazed by many all-time great aircraft: the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane); a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster plus carried more bombs); the world’s smallest bi-plane; the C-54 (the Berlin Airlift’s star flown by the famous “Candy Bomber” Col. USAF (Ret.) Gail Halvorsen, a Tucson-area winter resident); plus planes used as renowned-contemporary-artists’ canvases, including Brazilian graffiti artist Nunca. Explore five large hangars totaling more than 189,000 indoor square feet—four+ football fields­—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena. Two+ hangars are dedicated to WWII, one each to the European and Pacific theaters. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center. It also operates exclusive tours of the “Boneyard,” aka the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, plus offers a docent-led tram tour of its 80 acres (additional fees apply). Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd., just off I-10 exit 267, in Tucson. More information can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PimaAirAndSpace, or by calling 520 574-0462.

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Guinness World Record for the longest paper airplane time aloft, 27.6 seconds

2013 Great Paper Airplane Fly-off winners Tobias Hahn, Nathaniel Reynolds, and Aaron Embry pose in their flight-jacket prizes with Guinness World Record holder Ken Blackburn.

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2013 Great Paper Airplane Fly-off heat throwing their paper airplanes

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Ken Blackburn signals the start of a heat in the 2013 Great Paper Airplane Fly-off

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The Great Paper Airplane Trophy on permanent display at the Pima Air & Space Museum.
Photos by Balfour Walker

NASA Orion Mockup Splashes Down at Pima Air & Space Museum

NASA ORION MOCKUP SPLASHES DOWN AT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM THROUGH NEW YEAR’S DAY
Tucson—Dec. 19, 2013 NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle crew module mockup will spend the upcoming winter holidays at the Pima Air and Space Museum.
Per NASA release J13-021:

NASA Orion spacecraft mockup to splash down in Tucson today.

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft has been on a cross-country road trip for the past week, and will begin a two-week rest stop in Tucson, Ariz. hosted by the Pima Air & Space Museum.

Called the boilerplate test article, it is a full-scale structural mockup of the Orion crew module that will be used for splashdown recovery operations tests off the coast of San Diego in February. These at-sea tests will be conducted in preparation for the Fall 2014 orbital flight test – Exploration Flight Test-1.

The Orion test craft left NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia on Dec. 11 and has been making its way to California via truck since then. But the trip will pause for the holidays starting today. The Orion test article is set to arrive between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Mountain time today. As the schedule is somewhat flexible, those interested in seeing it arrive can follow @NASA_Orion and #SpotOrion on Twitter for continuous updates on the arrival time.

Once it arrives, the test article will be available to be seen by the public for free for about two hours outside of the museum. Afterward, it will be moved inside the museum gates to the outdoor aircraft exhibits area, where the public can view it up close with paid museum admission.

The test article is scheduled to depart Tucson on Jan. 2 and arrive at the U.S. Navy’s Naval Base San Diego by Jan. 7.

As the test article has made its way across the country, social media users have been tracking its progress and sharing their photos of using the hashtag #SpotOrion.

A map of its route across the country can be seen at:

http://www.nasa.gov/content/see-if-you-can-spotorion/

The 18,000-pound mockup is a full-sized replica of the Orion spacecraft currently being built at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The mockup has already been used in a number of tests to ensure that Orion will be ready for its first mission, Exploration Flight Test-1, scheduled for September 2014. That mission will take Orion to 3,600 miles above the Earth’s surface before returning it at speeds of up to 20,000 miles per hour for a splash landing in the Pacific Ocean.

In February it will be used for an underway recovery test in the Pacific Ocean. For this test, the mockup will be set adrift in open and unstable waters, providing NASA and U.S. Navy the opportunity to recover the capsule and bring it into the well deck of the USS San Diego. While deployed, the team will seek out various sea states in which to practice the capsule recovery procedures. This will help build a knowledge base of how the capsule recovery differs in calm and rough seas and what the true physical limits are.

NASA and the Navy previously used this mockup to practice recovery in calm seas during a stationary recovery test in August where the spacecraft was set adrift in the waters of Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia and recovered into the docked well deck of the USS Arlington. The mockup was also dropped from 25 feet above the water of Langley’s Hydro Impact Basin to simulate different splashdown scenarios.

To learn more about Orion and Exploration Flight Test-1, visit

http://www.nasa.gov/orion

Lockheed Martin’s Deputy Orion Program Manager, Larry Price will be in Tucson for the holidays and will be available for telephone and on-camera interviews.
Photos of the BTA being used in the stationary recovery tests can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasaorion/sets/72157635072298379/.
Video of the BTA in the stationary recovery tests can be found at http://vimeo.com/81906726.

IF YOU GO
What: Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle crew module mockup on display
Where: Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Rd.
When: Beginning Fri., Dec. 20, 2013, daily through Jan. 1st (except Christmas day) regular museum hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., last admittance 4 p.m.
Cost: Regular admission rates apply ($15.50 for adults, $12.25 for Pima County residents, seniors $12.50; children ages 7-12 $9, 6 & under free)
For more information: www.pimaair.org; 520 574-0462

ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Be wowed at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world and the largest non-government-funded in the U.S. (TripAdvisor ranks it in the Top 10% worldwide for excellent ratings.) Its significant collection, 300 strong from around the globe, covers commercial, military and civil aviation alongside more than 125,000+ artifacts, including a moon rock donated by Tucsonan and Astronaut Frank Borman. Be amazed by many all-time great aircraft: the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane); a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster plus carried more bombs); the world’s smallest bi-plane; the C-54 (the Berlin Airlift’s star flown by the famous “Candy Bomber” Col. USAF (Ret.) Gail Halvorsen, a Tucson-area winter resident); plus planes used as renowned-contemporary-artists’ canvases, including Brazilian graffiti artist Nunca. Explore five large hangars totaling more than 189,000 indoor square feet—four+ football fields¬—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena. Two+ hangars are dedicated to WWII, one each to the European and Pacific theaters. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center. It also operates exclusive tours of the “Boneyard,” aka the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, plus offers a docent-led tram tour of its 80 acres (additional fees apply). Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd., just off I-10 exit 267, in Tucson. More information can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PimaAirAndSpace, or by calling 520 574-0462.

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Photo: Orion module entering Pima Air & Space Museum entrance. Photo by Yvonne Morris.