Visitors to the 390th Memorial Museum in the Pima Air and Space Museum don't let construction stop them from seeing the exhibits, including this B-17 Flying Fortress. Construction, which is adding 12,000 square feet of exhibit, office and storage space, is to end in August.
The $2.4 million renovation will create a new entryway, a mock control tower, an indoor theater for about 40 people and a mezzanine. A mock Quonset hut is part of the existing exhibit.
John Glasgow, with Glass Smith, adjusts the entrance door into the 390th Memorial Museum.
A World War II military history museum, an effort by the veterans, spouses and friends of the 390th Bomb Group, is getting a multimillion-dollar upgrade.
Retired United States Air Force Col. Richard Bushong, right, speaks to Pima Air & Space Museum visitors about his 28 World War II bombing missions with the 390th Bomb Group. Bushong and the visitors are inside the 390th Memorial Museum, which is at the Pima Air & Space Museum.
Bushong, sitting, in red, talks about the restored B-17 bomber, seen here with its bomb bay doors open.
Bushong, left, talks with museum visitor Jens-Uwe Peter, who is from Jena, Germany.
Bushong speaks to a captivated crowd in front of the museum's centerpiece, the restored B-17 bomber "I'll Be Around."
The 390th Memorial Museum is inviting all veterans and their families to a free open house and breakfast at the museum.
Editor's note: The original story incorrectly listed the
start time for the museum open house. The event begins Friday at
Retired Col. Richard Bushong, now a senior docent at the Pima
Air & Space Museum, talks about his first mission as a bomber
pilot. He flew a B17 Flying Fortress, like the one in this hangar
at the 390th Memorial Museum that is housed in the Pima Air &
Space Museum. The 390th Memorial…
A Quonset hut is set up at the 390th Memorial Museum. The
all-purpose prefabricated structures were once used as barracks,
latrines, offices, medical and dental offices, isolation wards and