Thursday, July 9, 2009

B-36 on Display at the Pima Air and Space Musuem

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 1:37 PM


A Convair B-36J Peacemaker, the largest bomber ever built by the United States, was slowly rolled out onto the grounds of the Pima Air and Space Museum on Wednesday, July 1 at 9:15 am.

The plane has been secured in its new site, enabling visitors to walk directly under and around the massive plane.
The staff of the Restoration division at the museum, assisted by volunteers, slowly escorted the huge plane, which has a 230-foot wingspan and is 162 feet long, from the restoration area of the museum to its display location on the northwest side of the museum close to Valencia Road.

This plane, called the “City of Fort Worth”, is the last B-36 built by Convair at its Fort Worth, Texas plant. It was delivered to the Air Force on Aug. 14, 1954. The plane is owned by the National Museum of the United States Air Force, which assigned the loan of the B-36 to the Pima Air & Space Museum for restoration and public display in June of 2005.

The restoration crew, led by Scott Marchand, director of collections and restoration at the Pima Air & Space Museum, drove to Ft. Worth, Texas and coordinated transport of the plane to Tucson.

“For the past four years, the restoration crew has been painstakingly and lovingly putting this plane back together. It was transported to Tucson in pieces. More than 24,000 man hours have gone into this project, involving 5 technicians, several restoration experts and many volunteers,” said Yvonne Morris, executive director of the Pima Air & Space Museum.

“Restoring the B-36 is a huge achievement for our museum,” she said. “And it is a great addition to our collection.”

The Pima Air & Space Museum, located at 6000 E. Valencia Road in Tucson, Arizona, houses 300 aircraft on 80 acres. The collection includes an SR-71 spy plane, one of President Kennedy’s Air Force One’s, a super guppy plane from NASA, and numerous historic aircraft and helicopters. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit

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