380th

Bomb Group

380th Bomb Group Association
World War II Veterans Group

 

Tucson, Arizona

"The Final Last Hurrah!"

November 1-4, 2018


LOCATION:

 
Radisson Suites Tucson logo  

Radisson Suites Tucson
6555 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson AZ 85710


Hotel Front Desk: 520-721-7100
Fax: 520-721-1991

See below for hotel reservation information.


Deadlines How to Register Hotel Reservations/Information Reunion Contact
Schedule Event Registration &
Payment Info
Airport & Ground Info Reunion Fund
About Wheelchair Access About Tucson Local Attractions Menus


DEADLINES:

Hotel Reservation Deadline: September 21, 2018 – reservations made after this date at the group rate are subject to availability - if you miss this deadline, you can (first) call the hotel directly (online link may not work after the September 21 deadline) and ask if the 380th Group rate is still available, or (second) contact Barb Gotham who will see if she can still get you a room at our group rate.

You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations.

Event Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
(unless prior arrangements have been made with Barb Gotham)


HOW TO REGISTER:

Click here for the Event Registration Form

Note that pre-registration is required for the reunion and the dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Also, everyone interested in taking the boneyard/AMARG tour through Pima Air & Space Museum (Friday) must provide in advance (in our case, before October 10) background information. See pages 2 and 3 of the Event Registration Form.


Event Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 10, 2018


REUNION FUND:

If you are are unable to attend this year's 380th Reunion, but would like to donate to the Reunion Fund (to fund travel for 380th veterans), please send your contribution (checks or money orders, no credit cards) to:

Barbara Gotham/Reunion Fund
380th Bomb Group Association
130 Colony Road
West Lafayette IN 47906-1209 USA


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (subject to change):

November 1-4 (Thursday-Sunday)

Breakfast coupons will be provided for guests upon check-in for use in the hotel restaurant.

  • Breeze Patio Bar & Grill, located on site, serves Southwestern and other American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining along with convenient room service. Hours: M-F, 6:00am – 10:00pm

THURSDAY, November 1 - Early arrivals, sightseeing/meals on your own

3:00-10:00pm: Hospitality room will be open - LaCholla Room 101 (first floor) - come here to pick up your reunion packets and name badges, have some drinks and snacks, and meet and greet other attendees

FRIDAY, November 2

7:30am: Meet in hotel lobby to go to the Pima Air & Space Museum
   7:45am: Depart hotel

8:30-9:00am: Memorial Service at B-24 in the museum

9:00-10:00am: Museum tram tour (our bus)

10:15am: You can do one of two things at this point: (1) return on the bus to the hotel OR (2) museum tours (either with docent or on your own) (walking tours)

    Lunch: On your own in the museum cafe

1:00-3:00pm: (1)  AMARG/Boneyard tour (our bus) (pre-registration required) OR (2) tour the museum on your own

3:00-4:00pm: Time permitting, additional time at museum - exhibits, gift shop, snack, etc.

3:00-4:00pm: Bus returns to hotel

12:30-4:00pm: Hospitality room may be open for those who return early IF there's someone volunteers to "man" the room

5:30pm: Cash bar (Catalina Room at hotel)

6:00-8:00pm : Buffet dinner (Catalina Room)

After dinner – 11:30pm: Hospitality room open (LaCholla, Rm 101)


SATURDAY, November 3

10:00-11:00am: Member Meeting and Presentations (Catalina Room) - all are invited to attend

Noon-4:00pm: Hospitality Room open

5:00pm: Group photos – hotel

5:30pm: Cash bar

6:00-7:15pm: Banquet (Catalina Room)

7:15-9:00pm:  Socializing / dancing


SUNDAY, November 4 - Departures

Click here for the Reunion Schedule


HOTEL RESERVATIONS AND INFORMATION:

Radisson Suites Tucson
6555 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson AZ 85710

RESERVATIONS

Online link for hotel reservations:           https://www.radisson.com/380thbomb
If you need any room configuration not listed on the online men (such as accessible or connecting room for the 2-queen rooms), please call the hotel.

Hotel room reservations:  Call 520-721-7100

  • When calling in to make your reservations, be sure to give the 380th Bomb Group code: 1018BO to get our group rate.
  • Group Rate:  $104/night (plus taxes) for single occupancy with each additional guest charged $5 up to a fourth occupant (so it is $109/night for two people in a king room).
  • This rate is also available three days before or three days after the event, based on hotel availability.
  • ADA rooms are available upon request and are based on the hotel's availability.
  • The 380th Bomb Group rate includes a complimentary, hot breakfast buffet.
  • Shuttle services to Tucson International Airport will be available for $20 per person, each way. Shuttle requests need to be made in advance with the hotel by calling 520-721-7100 and cannot be guaranteed on the day of arrival without previous arrangements.

Booking Deadline:

  • Booking End Date: September 21, 2018 – reservations made after this date at the group rate are subject to availability

Room Types Available:
Radisson Suites Tucson provides comfortable suites with separate living area (with sofabed and work desk) and separate bedrooms. All rooms are non-smoking. Suite types and highlights include:

  • 1 king bed– accessible
  • 1 king bed– either mountain view or courtyard view
  • 1 king bed –connecting door
  • 2 queen beds
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Two flat-screen TVs
  • Microwave and refrigerator

Radisson Suites Tucson exterior view

ABOUT THE RADISSION SUITES TUCSON

The Radisson Suites Tucson, on the city’s east-side, is a gated community, surrounded by attractive landscaping that includes towering trees and a grass courtyard. Situated less than six miles from The University of Arizona, Radisson Suites Tucson also lies less than five minutes from Park Place Mall and the city’s well-known Restaurant Row.

Shuttle service:
Complimentary shuttle provides transportation within a three-mile radius of the hotel. (Service subject to availability.)

Shuttle services to/from Tucson International Airport will be available for our group at a special rate of $20 per person, each way. Shuttle requests need to be made in advance with the hotel by calling 520-721-7100 and cannot be guaranteed on the day of arrival without previous arrangements.

Amenities:

  • Fitness center, open daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Heated outdoor pool, open daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Hydro-spa, open daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Business center with computers, printer and fax
  • On-site parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Same-day valet laundry
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pets welcome for a non-refundable fee of $75

Dining:

  • Breeze Patio Bar & Grill, located on site, serves Southwestern and other American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining along with convenient room service. Hours: M-F, 6:00am – 10:00pm

  • Click here for the Breeze Breakfast Menu

  • Breeze Lounge offers a laid-back setting to enjoy drinks and appetizers. Hours: 4:00pm – 1:00am (depending on business). Menu available until closing.

WHAT’S NEARBY

For a list of restaurants within a 10-mile radius of the hotel, go to:
https://www.opentable.com/landmark/restaurants-near-radisson-suites-tucson

Park Place Mall (1.9 mi from hotel)
https://www.parkplacemall.com/en.html

REMINDERS

Liquor License:  The Hotel’s liquor license requires that beverages only be dispensed by hotel employees or bartenders except in designated hospitality rooms. Alcoholic beverage service may be denied to those guests who appear intoxicated or are under age. Hotel permits self-stocking of the hospitality room to include drinks, snacks, and alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic beverages served in the hospitality room MAY NOT be taken out of the hospitality room into other public areas of the hotel (including but not limited to lobby, the outside designated smoking areas, hotel restaurant or lounge, pool or any meal function catered by the hotel) under any circumstances.

During the group’s banquet dinner, hospitality room alcohol service MUST be suspended. Alcohol may NOT be brought into a hotel catered event.


REUNION REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFO:

Please use the Event Registration Form to sign up for the Reunion, Reunion Events, and Museum Tours. Note that pre-registration is required for the reunion, museum tours, and all group meals (Friday and Saturday dinners).

Unless prior arrangements are made with Barb Gotham, all reunion event payments must be received by Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Checks, money orders, or cash only - no credit cards accepted.

You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to the reunion, lodging costs, and other incidental expenses.


ABOUT WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

Pima Air & Space Museum does not have any wheelchairs or scooters available for use/rent. If you think you will need one for the museum or use anywhere else during the reunion, please be sure to make arrangements in advance for chair rentals.

This company was recommended by Visit Tucson (Visitor's Bureau). http://medicalsupplytucsonaz.com/rentals/3057831

Transport & Wheelchair rentals
  • $25/Day
  • $40/Week
  • $120/Month
  • Please call for bariatric wheelchair pricing
  • Most of our equipment is current model. We carry mainly GRAHAM-FIELD equipment.
Power scooters and power chairs rentals
  • $50/Day
  • $140/Week
  • $340/Month
  • Most of our equipment is current model. We carry mainly PRIDE MOBILITY equipment, such as Go-Gos, Victory & more.

We deliver! Please call us for delivery fee quotes or if you have any other queries. Free estimates! Call today to find what you need: 520-325-3340

Disclaimer: The information given here is only provided as one option; the 380th Bomb Group Association intends no endorsement of this company or its products/services.


About Tucson:

Tucson is the county seat of Pima County and home to the University of Arizona. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor. The city is located 108 miles southeast of Phoenix and 60 mi north of the U.S.–Mexico border.
The Spanish name of the city, Tucsón, is derived from the O'odham Cuk Ṣon], meaning "(at the) base of the black [hill], a reference to a basalt-covered hill now known as Sentinel Peak, also known as "A" Mountain. Tucson is sometimes referred to as "The Old Pueblo".

Time Zone

Tucson is located in the Mountain Standard Time zone in an area that does not observe/follow daylight saving time adjustments. This means that in the "shorter-daylight-hour"/winter months (from the 1st Sunday of November through the 2nd Saturday of March) Arizona's clocks are the same as the Mountain-Time zone/Denver, Colorado. However, in the "longer daylight hour"/summer months (from the 2nd Sunday of March through the 1st Saturday of November) Arizona's time is the same as the Pacific-Time zone/California.

Climate

Tucson has hot summers and temperate winters, and is almost always cooler and wetter than Phoenix because of its higher elevation.
Tucson has a desert climate, with two major seasons, summer and winter; plus three minor seasons: fall, spring, and the North American Monsoon (mid-June-late July through August and sometimes into September).
Tucson averages 11.8 inches of precipitation per year, more than most other locations with desert climates, but it still qualifies as desert due to its high evapotranspiration; in other words, it experiences a high net loss of water. A similar scenario is seen in Alice Springs, Australia, which averages 11 inches a year, but has a desert climate.
The weather in the fall is much like that during spring: dry, with cool nights and warm, hot days. Temperatures above 100 °F are possible into early October. Temperatures decline at the quickest rate in October and November, and are normally the coolest in late December and early January.

Weather Averages:

October

November

Average High:

84.8

73.5

Average Low:

57.3

46.1

Average precipitation (inches):

0.89

0.57

Average relative humidity:

38.4

42.7

All Souls Procession Weekend

The All Souls Procession, held in early November, is one of the largest festivals in Tucson. Modeled on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), it combines aspects of many different cultural traditions. The first All Souls Procession was organized by local artist Susan Kay Johnson in 1990 and involved 35 participants; by 2013, participation was estimated at 50,000.
The Procession, held at sundown, consists of a non-motorized parade through downtown Tucson featuring many floats, sculptures, and memorials, in which the community is encouraged to participate. The parade is followed by performances on an outdoor stage, culminating in the burning of an urn in which written prayers have been collected from participants and spectators.  The event is organized and funded by the non-profit arts organization Many Mouths One Stomach, with the assistance of many volunteers and donations from the public and local businesses.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tucson,_Arizona


AIRPORT AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION:

Flights to/from Tucson

Tucson is served by six airlines with daily nonstop service to/from major and connections around the world:  www.flytucson.com

Hotel Shuttle Service
Radisson Suites Tucson provides shuttle services to/from Tucson International Airport available for our group at $20 per person, each way. Shuttle requests need to be made in advance with the hotel by calling 520-721-7100 and cannot be guaranteed on the day of arrival without previous arrangements.

Other Transportation Options

Train & Bus Service to Tucson
The Sunset Limited Amtrak train line runs three days a week and connects Los Angeles to New Orleans with service to downtown Tucson:  www.amtrak.com

Downtown is also home to the Greyhound Bus station, open 24 hours all year long:  www.greyhound.com

Renting a Car
All of the major car rental agencies have fleets at Tucson International Airport. You'll also find a number of rental car agencies throughout the city if looking for a shorter-term or specialty rental during your stay.

Tucson's Sun Link Streetcar connects five major activity centers–the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue, Main Gate Square, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District–in central Tucson. The four-mile route has 18 stops adorned with public art and located within walking distance of more than 11,000 parking spaces. Cash is not accepted on the streetcar; please see their website for how to ride, costs, and schedules:  www.sunlinkstreetcar.com

Taxis, Limos, Shuttles & Charters
In many parts of Tucson, including downtown and the University area, you can walk to great dining, shopping, and entertainment.  For longer distances, if you prefer not to rent a car, taxi and limo services can get you where you need to go.

Shuttle services and charter services also offer convenient transportation to the airport and other locations. Uber and Lyft services are also available.

Bus Service within Tucson
Tucson's Sun Tran bus service offers more than 40 routes throughout the city and its outskirts, including 13 express routes - www.suntran.com

International Travel Info
The twin U.S./Mexico cities of Nogales and the Mexico border are just over an hour south of Tucson, giving visitors a great opportunity to explore another country during their Tucson stay. If International travel is on your itinerary, there are a couple things you need to know:

  • If entering from Mexico, you MUST HAVE proper travel documentation for travel into Arizona
  • If driving into Mexico, you MUST have Mexican insurance! Call Tucson’s Visitor Center for more information: (800) 638-8350
  • American citizens crossing back to Arizona after visiting Mexico MUST have valid travel documentation such as a passport or passport card. For a list of acceptable documentation, visit the U.S. Customs & Border Protection websitewww.cbp.gov

Flights to/from Phoenix

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the main airport for the Greater Phoenix area. Sky Harbor serves more than 100 domestic and international destinations, with 1,200 daily flights—about 500 of them nonstop: www.skyharbor.com

Phoenix Airport is less than 2 hours drive from Tucson.

Rental car services are available at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Rental Car Center (1805 E Sky Harbor Circle South). The common Rental Car Shuttle makes frequent stops, every few minutes at the curb on baggage claim levels of each terminal. The Rental Car Center accommodates all airport rental car companies, their rental counters and vehicles. If you are planning to rent a car at PHX Sky Harbor, be sure to make a reservation. Vehicles are limited for walk-up customers.
https://www.skyharbor.com/ParkingTransportation/RentalCars

Transportation between Tucson and Phoenix

Arizona Shuttle provides shuttle service between Tucson and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, offering 21 scheduled round trips daily from three Tucson locations, including the University of Arizona to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport:  https://www.arizonashuttle.com/schedules/tucson-phoenix-sky-harbor/


Click here for a PDF version of the transportation options


GROUP ACTIVITY:

Pima Air & Space Museum

Friday, November 2, 2018 - Depart hotel at 7:45am - Return 4:00pm

Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 E Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ

http://www.pimaair.org/

HOURS
Open 7 Days a Week
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 3 p.m.)
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day

The Pima Air & Space Museum is a private non-profit museum. It is not part of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and it does not receive operational funding from any governmental entity. The museum is funded by admission fees, tour fees and museum-store sales.

Museum Aircraft list: http://www.pimaair.org/visit/new-aircraft-list

RESTAURANT
The Pima Air & Space Museum's restaurant, Flight Grill, is a beautiful quick-service grill that features an exposed kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking our Navy and Air Force fighters. From our beautiful patio, you can enjoy the mountain views, our outdoor collection and even watch as aircraft take-off and land just across the street at Davis Monthan Air Force Base. The indoor dining room is just steps away from the covered tram-waiting area.
At Flight Grill, you can enjoy USDA Prime hand-pressed burgers, fresh salads and Sonoran cuisine plus seasonal specials. Stop by for a hand-scooped ice cream cone or a caramel latte from our espresso bar. [Click here for a sample menu (note that prices are not included on this menu - be prepared to possibly spend $15 or more on lunch).]
Open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

ACCESSIBILITY
All of the museum buildings are accessible (but the museum does not provide wheelchair or scooter rentals - see About Wheelchair Access above). The floors are poured cement. Accessible parking spaces (handicapped permit required) are located near the entrance to the museum. A paved walkway connects the Main Hangar, Hangar 3 and Hangar 4 while the remainder of the outdoor acreage is generally hard-packed dirt. It can be difficult for a thin-wheeled vehicle to move easily in the areas with loose sand when viewing the 150 aircraft outdoors.

Click here for more info about the Pima Air & Space Museum.

Click here for more info about the AMARG/Boneyard.

Click here for more info about Davis-Monthan AFB.


MENUS:

HOTEL - BREAKFAST
Breakfast coupons will be available to our group for free hot breakfast at the Breeze Patio Bar & Grill
Mon-Fri, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Click here for the Breeze Breakfast Menu

MUSEUM CAFÉ - FLIGHT GRILL (Friday)
On your own
At Flight Grill, you can enjoy USDA Prime hand-pressed burgers, fresh salads and Sonoran cuisine plus seasonal specials. Stop by for a hand-scooped ice cream cone or a caramel latte from our espresso bar.
Click here for a sample menu (note that prices are not included on this menu - be prepared to possibly spend $15 or more on lunch).

FRIDAY DINNER
Buffet

Fresh seasonal greens with choice of dressings
Grilled Flank Steak Champignon topped with caramelized shallot, garlic and onions, served with wild mushroom demi-glace
Seared Chicken Breast topped with Chardonnay chive cream sauce
Garlic mashed potatoes
Fresh seasonal vegetables
Warm rolls and butter
Chef’s choice of dessert
Coffee and iced tea service
Cash bar will be available starting at 5:30pm and during dinner

SATURDAY DINNER
All entrees served with fresh seasonal greens (choice of dressings), wild rice pilaf, fresh seasonal vegetables, warm rolls and butter, chef’s choice of dessert, coffee and ice tea service
Choose one of these entrees:

Marinated Flat Iron Steak
Topped with roasted tomato salsa crowned with garlic and herb butter

Grilled Salmon Edamame
Salmon grilled with a succotash of edamame, peppers, red onions, tomatoes, corn, garlic, lemon and fresh herbs

Chicken Piccata
Seared chicken breast finished with a lemon-caper butter sauce

Children’s plate (12 and under)
Chicken tenders & fries OR Cheeseburger & fries
Drink

Click here for the Friday and Saturday dinner menus

Hotel Dining & Lounge

  • Breeze Patio Bar & Grill, located on site, serves Southwestern and other American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining along with convenient room service. Hours: M-F, 6:00am – 10:00pm
  • Breeze Lounge offers a laid-back setting to enjoy drinks and appetizers. Hours: 4:00pm – 1:00am (depending on business). Menu available until closing.
  •  

    Click here for more info on hotel dining


    LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:

    The beauty of the Sonoran Desert is what first pulls many to Tucson, but they're often surprised at how verdant and diverse a living desert can be as they learn about our unique ecosystems at Tohono Chul, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

    Off the beaten path, you can explore the wide-open wonder of the American Southwest up-close and unrestrained, hiking the mountain ranges that circle the Old Pueblo or wandering wilderness preserves and parks, from the cascades of Seven Falls at Sabino Canyon to the majestic cacti of Saguaro National Parks East & West, or from the high-pine and aspen forests of Mt. Lemmon to the cool, otherworldly depths of Colossal Cave Mountain Park or Kartchner Caverns State Park.
     
    Probe the cosmos at Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory. Feed your spirit in the city's museums and galleries, or travel through time discovering Tucson's unique cultural legacy, from the collision of Spanish and Tohono O'odham cultures in the art and architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac to 300 vintage-to-modern aircraft illuminating a century of military and aerospace history at the Pima Air & Space Museum.

    You can hop the 3.9-mile Sun Link Tucson Streetcar and roll your way through the heart of Tucson, from Main Gate Square at the University of Arizona, along Fourth Avenue, and across Downtown Tucson to Mercado San Agustin and back. Step off and on at streetcar stops to explore shops and restaurants, ranging from funky to elegant, but always memorable.

    Take a short drive to Tombstone, Arizona, known for its Wild West history. On historic Allen Street, the O.K. Corral outdoor theater re-enacts an 1881 cowboy gunfight. Tombstone offers a glimpse into the past with historic attractions such as museums, history tours on foot, by stagecoach or trolley, underground mine experiences, paranormal adventures, and of course gunfight reenactments!

    Click here for more info on these and other attractions!


    Reunion Coordinator:
    Barbara Gotham
    Email: 380th.ww2@gmail.com


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    Last updated: 27 April 2018