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.
About two dozen children and their parents turned out last week
for "Soaring Saturdays," a weekly program of the Pima Air &
Families line up to meet Santa beneath airplanes hanging from the rafters in the Pima Air and Space Museum's new Flight Central hangar.
ABOVE: Colton Bowen, 4, sits on Santa's lap as his mother, Cheri, takes a photo.
TOP LEFT: Santa arrives with helicopter pilot Bert Zaccaria to greet his fans.
BOTTOM LEFT: Colin Bates waves to Santa from atop father Allan's shoulders.
Santa Claus temporarily traded in his reindeer for a helicopter
Saturday as he flew in for his annual visit to the Pima Air and
Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road.