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Yes, the Airpark is open to the public. There are 2 distinct sides to the airport just like most others. The Airside is the side where the planes are parked, the runway, and other areas that are dangerous or off-limits for security reasons, and the Landside is generally accessible to anyone. The former guard shack has not been manned since February 2014.
The Pinal Airpark has limited availability for tours. It may have some great characteristics of a museum, but it is an operational GA (General Aviation) airport. Please [email protected] for information/tour questions.
It depends. If you are on the public side yes. If you are on the Airside being escorted or on a tour you are asked not to, unless you are told you may. The reason is that many planes are missing engines or other recognizable parts, and some of the owners or operators of those aircraft have asked that people not take pictures because the planes are not in a good condition. We ask that people respect the wishes of those owners and operators.
The Airpark is home to a number of businesses that provide Storage, Maintenance, and End of Life services for aircraft. The climate of the region offers a great low-corrosive environment that is ideal for storing aircraft.
On the public side of the Airpark, there is a restaurant The Flightline Grill, and a bar, the Downtime Lounge. Please call 520-365-1058 for business hours and questions. There is also a picnic area with 2 gazebos.
If you search on the internet, you will undoubtedly find stories and myths associated with the CIA and Pinal Airpark. As with most mysteries and legends, they are based on at least partial truth. The CIA probably did some things at the Airpark, but nothing besides secondhand stories exists today.
As at many airports across the USA, the military uses them once in a while. We have no stationed military personnel at the Airpark. The Silverbell Army Heliport though is a neighbor to the West of the Airpark property. The helicopters regularly use the facilities at the Airpark, and to enter the heliport, you must drive through the Airpark.