The 390th Memorial Museum, dedicated to the sacrifices of a World War II bomb group, is in the midst of putting finishing touches on a $2.4 million renovation that added 12,000 square feet of exhibit, office and storage space.
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.