Thursday – April 2, 2015
This morning we took a bus tour of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (309 AMARG), at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Tucson, Arizona.
AMARG is affectionately known as the "Boneyard" for retired military aircraft.
Here is a video of the guided bus tour.
The 309 AMARG is a one-of-a-kind specialized facility within the Air Force Materiel Command structure. 309 AMARG provides critical aerospace maintenance and regeneration capabilities for Joint and Allied/Coalition warfighters in support of global operations and agile combat support for a wide range of military operations.
Here is an aerial view of the "Boneyard" that I found on YouTube.
Immediately after World War II, the Army's San Antonio Air Technical Service Command established a storage facility for B-29 and C-47 aircraft at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Today, this facility is the 309 AMARG, which has grown to include more than 4,400 aircraft and 13 aerospace vehicles from the Air Force, Navy-Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard, and several federal agencies including NASA.
The aircraft received at the 309 AMARG go through an extensive cleaning process and are then sealed with a white film material to preserve them for future use. Some of them could be returned to service, if needed, should the U.S. need additional aircraft during an emergency situation. Others are used for spare parts to service active military aircraft.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.