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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 2:43 pm

Saturday Morning Guided Hikes

Have fun, meet fellow hikers and experience Marana’s wilderness, the Tortolita Mountains. There is a different hike each month and each begins at Wild Burro Trailhead at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, located at 14810 North Secret Springs Drive.

For information, call 382-1950.

Pinal Air Park

The Pinal Airpark is a county-owned, public-use airport located seven miles northwest of the central business district of Marana, in Pinal County.

Its main purpose is to act as a “boneyard” for civilian and commercial aircraft. Old airplanes are stored there with the hope that the dry desert climate will prevent any form of corrosion in case the aircraft is pressed into service in the future, although many end up being scrapped.

Built in 1942 by the Sundt & Del Webb Construction Companies and opened in March, 1943, the facility was known as Marana Army Air Field. During World War II, the airfield was under the command of the 389th Army Air Force Base Unit, AAF West Coast Training Center and used as a training base, as part of the 50,000 Pilot Training Program.

Marana conducted basic flight training and the training of transport pilots in instrument flying and navigation, being the home of the 3024th (Pilot School, Basic).

Pinal Airpark also hosts the U.S. Special Operations Command’s Parachute Training and Testing Facility.

Arizona Pavilions

Marana’s west side shopping center, The Arizona Pavilions, is located at 290 N. Cortaro Rd. Shops include Wal-Mart, Kohls and much more.

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