MASDC, AMARC and AMARG, Better Known as the “Boneyard”

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Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona is home to the United States military’s storage and regeneration center for warplanes. I was privileged to have the opportunity to visit the facility on multiple occasions during the 1980s, 1990s, and the early 2000s and have seen many relics and historic aircraft that don’t exist today.

Many aircraft are scrapped and melted down into metal ingots to be used again in the construction of aircraft. Others donate parts to keep newer aircraft in the air, or are regenerated themselves for continued U.S. military use. Still others are sold and/or sent to different countries to continue their service in the hands of non-U.S. pilots.

Here is a short scrapbook of photos that stretches across those three decades, you can hover over each photo to see what the aircraft type is.

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