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Cathay Pacific to donate world’s first Boeing 777-200 to museum

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Cathay Pacific and Boeing have announced they will be donating the world’s first Boeing 777 to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona. (www.gatechecked.com) Ещё...

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ReverendLee
ReverendLee 9
Will they have it re-painted to the new F-less livery?
dee9bee
dee9bee 4
Pima is great. Be sure to take the boneyard tour as well, as has been mentioned. I know that finances would be prohibitive, but it's sad to see so many relics at Pima sitting out in the weather. Do they even have the space for a 777? I think that the museum at Boeing field in Washington state has brought the larger aircraft indoors or are in the process of doing so.

My favorite museum, Udvar-Hazy at Dulles. Second favorite would probably be the Air Force one in Ohio.
gcottay
George Cottay 2
If you happen to be near Tucson AZ USA consider the Pima Air & Space Museum pretty close to a must see. Most of the aircraft are outdoors so bring water and wear a hat in the summer. Most of the volunteers can and will provide extensive information if asked.

The Boneyard tour is great but does require advance planning. "Advanced reservations are now required for this tour. All guests interested in taking this tour must have made a reservation and received a security clearance in advance. The security clearance will be given by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from information collected at the time of reservation. Reservations must be made 10 business days in advance of the desired tour date, and can be made up to 90 days in advance. Please submit a Reservation Request here." http://www.pimaair.org/tour-boneyard
tomcat1965
Thomas Schneider 2
Going to head to Tucson next month. I'll be stopping by Pima to get a look at this bird for sure!
tjhess74
thomas hess 1
I lived in Colorado Springs in '94 and remember seeing this beautiful new design for the first time when she was doing high altitude testing out of COS. I marveled at her size and grace. I'm glad she is being preserved and I hope to see her again someday soon!
bentwing60
bentwing60 -1
If you go to Pima don't expect too much. Their operational budget is clearly limited, but they do have some very significant historical aircraft on display and I appreciate them for what they were, not what the are. Don't see too many Voodoo's anywhere.
tomcat1965
Thomas Schneider 3
Pima is a marvelous place to visit. Been there 3 times myself. Certainly,it can't compare to the Udvar-Hazy; as the latter is the National Air and Space Museum, and is part of the Smithsonian. The former is not. Understandably, Udvar-Hazy has deeper pockets with better public and private funding.

That said, Pima has it's own charm, and frankly, the lack of lines and volume of visitors is nice. Plus, It's kind of neat to kick around outside in the desert "backyard" and look at the various aircraft. I really gives you a sense of being in the boneyard. PS...if you plan a few weeks in advance, you can take a tour of an actual boneyard across the street at Davis-Monthan.

I see your point, but it's comparing apples with oranges. However, I will say, that if one goes to Pima, expect a whole lot more than you figured on.
IMissPiedmont
Steve Cravener 2
I think perhaps you are mistaking The Pima Air & Space Museum for something else. Or, perhaps the last time you visited was in 1978. Your comment is very misleading and quite frankly useless.
bentwing60
bentwing60 0
So "perhaps you are mistaking The Pima Air & Space Museum for something else". No, I didn't mistake it for Udvar-Hazy, USAF Wright Patt., San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park, et.al.. As dee9bee said above, "it's sad to see so many relics at Pima sitting out in the weather". My first visit was some time in the early 80's, and my last some time in the mid 2000's. In between I dragged some folks I was crewing with out there for a worthwhile visit. The airplanes don't come in from the factory! And they don't get any better sittin in the desert sun. Dust on your boots most trips, mud on the odd occasion. Your idea of a "useless comment" might not be invalid. And given the opportunity, I will go again.
whip5209
Ken McIntyre 0
Uhhh, it's a museum, not a restoration shop.
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
My comment was objective, not subjective, as I have toured and contributed there at least 4 times in my wanderings and waitings as a corporate/freight pilot over nearly 40 years. Not sure you could say the same. The Udvar-Hazy it ain't. They have a mostly volunteer crew that does restoration/maintenance for new arrivals and static aircraft to make and keep them as presentable as possible. My comment was not to discourage anyone from making the trip to the desert for a visit as it is certainly worth the time. So lets just say that if you go, you probably won't trip over anyone or stand in line to view an exhibit, or anything else. Hence the budget comment.
wylann
wylann 2
I've been there many times. The lack of lines doesn't really speak to the quality of the museum, it's just a perk.

There are about a dozen aircraft in that museum that NO other museum in the world has (not even Wright-Pat or the Smithsonian). It is one of the ~30 museums that got an SR-71 when they decommissioned them, and quite a few other little treats.

I've visited about 30 Air museums around the world (and work in the industry) and I would put Pima in the top 5 that I've seen.
whip5209
Ken McIntyre 2
Ok, I misunderstood what you were trying to say. And I've been there twice.

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