Air-Minded: PASM Photoblog XIV

I haven’t posted a Pima Air & Space Museum photoblog lately, so I have some catching up to do. There’s no theme to this one, just a lot of this and that. I’ll start with the obligatory selfie and some head-on shots of interesting aircraft:

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Selfie w/T-28C Trojan

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B-36J Peacemaker

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AV-8C Harrier

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F-104D Starfighter

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F-86H Sabre

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F-86L Sabre


PASM recently added two new outdoor exhibits, a Beechcraft T-34 Mentor and a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. In addition, our North American F-100 Super Sabre has been refurbished with new paint and markings.

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New exhibit: T-34C Mentor

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New exhibit: T-34C Mentor

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New exhibit: P-40E Warhawk

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New exhibit: P-40E Warhawk

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F-100C Super Sabre

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F-100C Super Sabre


After Arizona Senator John McCain died I took a fresh photo of PASM’s A4D Skyhawk, an aircraft type he flew in his Navy days. In July 1967 he was in the cockpit of a similar Skyhawk on the deck of the USS Forrestal when a disastrous fire broke out, killing 134 sailors and injuring another 161; three months later another Skyhawk was shot out from under him over Hanoi, resulting in his capture and 5 1/2-year imprisonment by the North Vietnamese.

Next to it is a fresh photo of PASM’s AF-2S Guardian, a singularly ugly airplane that always reminds me of the Phoenix in the original Flight of the Phoenix movie.

Below that is a recent photo of the restoration hangar, and below that two photos of projects underway inside, taken by a PASM staff member and friend, John Bezosky, Jr.

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A4D-2 Skyhawk

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AF-2S Guardian


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Resto hangar: SH-60 Seahawk, CH-46 Sea Knight, F-16C Fighting Falcon


Harrier GR.5 in restoration (photo: John Bezosky Jr)

GR-5 Harrier (photo: John Bezosky Jr)

Douglas A-20 Havoc awaiting restoration (photo: John Bezosky Jr)

A-20D Havoc (photo: John Bezosky Jr)


All photos mine except the last two, and as always, if you click on the images you’ll be able to see the full-sized originals on Flickr.

© 2018, Paul Woodford. All rights reserved.

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