Main Hanger Exhibits

Pima Air and Space Museum

Sea Planes and Amphibians — Many early aircraft were designed to take off and land on water. This allowed areas with access to coasts and rivers to receive air service without the need for expensive airports. Sea planes and amphibians remain vital in many areas of the world today where the infrastructure does not support conventional land-based aircraft. In this exhibit you will see aircraft and artifacts related to the history of seaplanes from the 1920s to the present.

Aerial Reconnaissance — The first military use for an aircraft was reconnaissance and it has remained a vital role for both military in civil aviation today. This exhibit displays cameras and equipment used in aerial reconnaissance from World War I to the SR-71.

Submarine Hunting — Aircraft are one of the deadliest enemies faced by submarines. This exhibit displays the weapons, sensors and aircraft used to hunt and kill submarines from World War II to the present.

Arizona Aviation — This exhibit, installed to celebrate the Centennial of the State of Arizona, displays artifacts from a century of aviation in the state.

Aircraft Carriers — Centered around the museum’s Grumman F-14 Tomcat, you will see examples of some of the tools and equipment used on the flight deck of a modern aircraft carrier and view a video taken aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in 1980 featuring the very same F-14.

Vietnam Air War — Artifacts, audio recordings, and videos illustrate the massive commitment of aerial firepower the United States brought to bear on North Vietnam from 1964 to 1975.

Great Paper Airplane Project — On March 21, 2012, the Pima Air & Space Museum flew the world’s largest paper airplane, named Arturo’s Desert Eagle. This exhibit details the first Great Paper Airplane Fly-off, its winner who was joined the expert design and production team and the plane’s flight. Watch the process captured on video. The project lives on via the annual Great Paper Airplane Fly-off held the first Saturday in February. More information is at greatpaperairplane.org.

Women in Flight – The Joyce M. Corrigan Women in Flight Gallery highlights the aerial achievements of women throughout history. The exhibit examines women’s contributions in many aspects for aviation including, military, commercial, and civil aviation through artifacts and photographs. Artifacts include large collections of military and commercial airline uniforms worn by women from around the world. An extensive time line follows the achievements of women aviators from the 1700s to the present. The museum’s Beech Bonanza and Lear 23, both formerly owned and flown by women are a highlight of the exhibit and provide a central focus around which the rest of the exhibition is placed.