One of the several large buildings and hangers at the Museum. Notice the total lack of people in the building.... My kinda place.
I spent yesterday morning at the Pima air and space Museum about 6 miles down the road from me. I got there when it opened at nine and left just after lunch. It's a vast place, so it involved a lot of walking indoors and out, but there are many airplanes to see, so the walk wasn't boring in the least.
I couldn't have chosen a better day or time to go. The weather was beautiful, and there was hardly anyone there. I've been to the Museum several times over the years, and I've never been there before when I didn't have to wait for people to move before I could take a picture, but never once did that happen this time. When I walked out the door at about 1 o'clock, it looked like there were about 20 cars in the parking lot, and the Museum has space to Park hundreds.
I've been to the museum before around this time of the year, which is obviously their busy season, and it was very crowded, so I can only assume that the Bat flu is keeping people away. I'm not sure why it would because most of the Museum is outside, and the indoor exhibits are in huge aircraft hangars. The point being even if there's a lot of visitors there, you still wouldn't have to get close to anyone.
I'm supposed to leave here tomorrow but I still don't know what I'm going to do. At the moment I can't think of any place I'd enjoy being any more than here. The week has just flown by, and even though I haven't done much, there's things I could do if I wasn't so lazy. Grocery stores are close by, I'm boondocked off by myself, and the loudest thing around here are the Coyotes singing at night, which I love. So there's nothing really pushing me out the door.
In normal times I would consider heading for New Mexico and spending a few months boondocking in some state parks, but that ain't gonna happen. New Mexico has extended there no camping in the state parks to residents and non-residents alike until the end of this month, making me wonder if they will ever get the State Parks back to normal again.
Part of the outdoor area. Again, notice the total lack of people in the picture. I've never seen the museum like this before, it's great.
One of the famous "Wild Weasels " from the Vietnam era. These F105 Thunderchiefs were flown by some mighty brave guys. These were the first planes equipped to seek out and find Russian SAM's [surface-to-air missiles] being used by the North Vietnamese to shoot down our airplanes.
And the cunning plan the F105 pilots used to do that was to bait the SAM missile launchers into targeting their F105s, And then using a special missile designed to home in on the SAM's tracking signal they would destroy the SAM site before the missile was launched, and hopefully dodge any incoming missiles. in other words they earned their pay by kicking the Dragon just to make it bite them. Sometimes this worked, but all too often it didn't. And in the beginning this brand-new strategy cost a lot of pilots their lives. These guys were legendary in the Vietnam theater of operations.
This British airplane must have been designed by a propeller salesman.
I really want one of these mini-guns to put on the Arctic Fox. It's only about 2 1/2 feet long so it would fit perfectly. Not only would I never have to worry about holiday traffic, and RV's parking to close to me, all noisy generators would be a thing of the past.
SR 71 Blackbird pilot in full pressure suit regalia. Air Force pilots refer to their anti-G-force suits as their "Speed Jeans".
Every time I come here I vote this monstrosity as the ugliest airplane in the Museum. It's as aerodynamic as a brick, it's got too many propellers, and it looks like it's laying a hideously large egg. I would imagine pilots got assigned to fly this eyesore based on how bad they had screwed up their last mission. And they probably bailed out before anybody saw them land in this abomination.