Two Days in Tucson, Part I

[CATEGORIES: Photography, Travel Photography, Aircraft.]

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This is PHOTOGRAPHY 101 FOREVER, of course.

I was visiting relatives in Tucson late October, where the daytime temperature had cooled to a balmy 80-85 degrees.  (It’s a dry heat and it was pleasant, just a bit warmer than I left in late autumn/early winter Colorado.)  I hadn’t seen the cousins in 50 years or so and I wanted to touch base.  (Once or twice a century whether you need it or not.)

In between great conversation and dining out with the rel’s I spent a long day, in two parts, at the Pima Air & Space Museum.  (The Pima website is LOADED with information, including a description of every single one of the 300 aircraft on display.  (I think.  I’m not going to count.))


I had always heard of the aircraft boneyard with rows and rows of mothballed planes.  This museum is not the boneyard although you can take guided tours on weekdays from here to there.  It’s called AMARG.

You’ll be relieved to know I didn’t take a picture of all 300 aircraft and I’m not going to show every single photo I took.  However it is easy to be awed and impressed by the extensive history of aircraft production.  Enjoy.

A lot of Vietnam era aircraft:

In the spirit of Photography 101 indoors I experimented with flash and ISO sensitivity:
(Hover cursor over brighter pictures for captions.)

The SR-71 Blackbird spy plane was fascinating:

With bright daylight outdoors I found higher ISO, small aperture, and high shutter speed worked well:

A helicopter slideshow ‘fly-by’:  (Stop the slideshow after viewing so it doesn’t slow down video viewing.)

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A large building in the center of the outdoor display houses a B-17 WWII bomber and is dedicated to the history of the 390th Bomber Group.  As in the other museum hangars, museum guides (docents for those above the hoi polloi), themselves likely WWII vets, are eager to explain the exhibits.  Everything is a reminder that WWII was a massive effort of man and machines

That’s all folks!  We end with a YouTube finale:

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