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Aircraft boneyard goes high resolution

Officially known as the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) facility, but probably better known as The Boneyard, the massive US airbase shown below is reputed to be the world’s largest military aircraft cemetery. Set up shortly after the end of World War II, the facility is located in Tucson, Arizona, on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, chosen for its high altitude and arid conditions, which allow the aircraft t0 be stored outdoors without beginning to deteriorating rapidly.

The site covers 2,600 acre site, said to be the same as 1,430 football pitches, and contains some 4,200 retired aircraft representing almost every type the US armed forces have flown since World War II, as well as 40 aerospace vehicles.

AMARG is also a major industrial centre, refurbishing aircraft prior to their return to flying status, or preparing them for overland transport. Officials at the base say that the parts reclaimed and aircraft withdrawn turns every tax dollar spent into 11 dollars in return.

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Feb 28, 2010 Posted by | Aviation, military | , , | Leave a comment

   

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