Photos of the "Boneyard"
Having flown over the "Boneyard" numerous times, taken aircraft out for restoration (O-2's) * and been inside on several occasions, I agree it is difficult to comprehend the size of the facility and the number of aircraft stored there.
Of course the
important thing to remember is that they are all capable of being returned to
flying condition if the need ever arises.
There was an excellent book published a few years ago on the celebration of the "Boneyard's" 50 anniversary. It was written by Philip D. Chinnery and is entitled "50 Years of the Desert Boneyard" published by Motorbooks International and can be obtained through any good bookstore.
If you are ever
Tucson area, the weekly tours of the boneyard are still given through the
Tucson Air Museum, located just south of Davis Monthan AFB. Both the
the boneyard are very popular attractions here in the Arizona desert.
It is difficult to comprehend the number of military aircraft in dead storage until you see
these photographs! Even if you have seen this before, look again.
Things of interest.
1- The 3rd largest Air Force in the world is sitting on the ground here.
2- It's the only unit in the U.S. Air Force that actually makes a profit.
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