We wandered around Barnes and Noble and grabbed a quick bite at In-N-Out Burger (I still maintain that Five Guys is better), but our main reason for the trip was the Pima Air and Space Museum. It was definitely the best aviation museum I have ever been to! (Brian insists I need to go to the National Air and Space Museum, which he thinks is the most impressive. One of these days...)
My favorite part was the tram ride, which took you around the outdoor static displays.
A lot of the people who work at the Museum are veterans and actually flew some of the aircraft we were looking at! The tram ride and narration by the driver taught me more about the planes than I could have ever learned by just going around and looking at them, which I loved!
For example, this Air Force One flew John F. Kennedy while he was President. I didn't know that you can tell a presidential aircraft by the blue that goes above the cockpit.
This is in contrast to other government aircraft, like this plane, called "Freedom One," that was used to return the hostages to the United States from Iran in 1981.
There were so many cool things to see at the Pima Air and Space Museum, and I think we could have spent all day there and still not seen everything! I loved hearing about one plane gunner who shot his own aircraft down when it went supersonic, and seeing the wreckage of another that was pulled from Lake Michigan after a training pilot made a teeny mistake. :)
On the drive home, we even caught a beautiful Arizona sunset.
While Tucson wasn't exactly what we expected, I think we will probably head up there again this weekend to see what else we can find to do! It's my next to last weekend in Arizona before returning to real life, so I definitely want to make it count!