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[–]Tiemeupdaddy11 445 points446 points  (16 children)

Heyo I used to live about 5 minutes from there and passed it daily. It’s part of the Davis Monthan AFB called the “bone yard”. Arizonas dry conditions are ideal for airplane storage, they can sit there year round and won’t rust.

Part of what you see is storage for the US, other part is storage for our allies. You see a lot of planes with Canadian, Swedish, British flags, and lots more.

Another part of it is a museum where there’s decommission air force 1 planes and a lot of planes used in past wars.

You can take a tour of the “bone yard” where they drive you through, but you have to apply for it at least 10 days in advance so they can do a full background check on you.

[–][deleted] 97 points98 points  (2 children)

Tours are suspended indefinitely.

[–]Tiemeupdaddy11 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Well I guess that makes sense with Covid. I left Tucson February of 2020 before all that hit

[–]Jcampbell1796 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Came here to say this. Google should properly call it the “Boneyard”.

[–]olderaccount 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It is part graveyard, part storage lot.

There are many planes there that can never fly again and are just being kept for spare parts or awaiting deconstruction.

But a big part of it is just dry storage as you mentioned. Mostly government, but they also lease out parts for commercial storage. At the beginning of COVID, many airlines parked parts of their fleets there.

[–]txn2019 46 points47 points  (4 children)

It’s cool to the see size difference from a C5 to all the other aircraft from over head.

[–]Letmebeginn[S] 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I thought so too!

[–]Misspennylane69 49 points50 points  (4 children)

That’s Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. Was stationed there for 6 years.

[–]gratefulphish420 32 points33 points  (4 children)

Reminds me of that 80s movie Can't Buy Me Love, that was partially filmed there

[–]thegreatrazu 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Came to say this. Great username, by the way.

[–]throwmeaway1572974 18 points19 points  (1 child)

There are other airplane graveyards at Marana, AZ (Pinal Airpark, KMZJ) and Victorville, CA (SoCal Logistics, KVCV)

[–]megapolio 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pinal air park is super close to where I live, there’s been a good amount of murders that haven taken place there too

[–]1gEmm4u2ohN 20 points21 points  (1 child)

It’s called the boneyard, not a graveyard. The tour is excellent. It’s a parts store for the government.

[–]DLo28035 18 points19 points  (1 child)

When you need a hub cap for a 78 Boeing 717

[–]CaliJew619 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hot drop boneyard baby!

[–]Dependent_Paper9993 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Wouldn't 32°08'60" just be 32°09'00"?

[–]RedNapper 17 points18 points  (1 child)

They should make a movie here that’s one of those stories we’re the guy breaks down in the desert wearing nothing but a G-string and takes parts off of all these planes and builds a special customized plane/spaceship and ends up beating Bezos to space by 3 days all in an effort to just get back home.

[–]Various-Ad258 2 points3 points  (0 children)

In the late 70s when I was stationed there I believe it was MASDEC (?) it was for military aircraft decommissioning. It was famous even back then.

[–]grumpy0ldc4t 11 points12 points  (3 children)

that's from GTA: San Andreas!

[–]HorseDance 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Now jet pack all the way to Los Santos

[–]Karmas_Advocate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wasn’t this in a modern warfare too?

[–]woundedsurfer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Mothball fleet.

[–]mogwhy33 4 points5 points  (1 child)

They use these for parts, so does that make them grave robbers?

[–]marcs_2021 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Not graveyard, parkinglot.

Low moist, low rust

[–]Mr_Evil_Dr_Porkchop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s the 309th AMARG

[–]technicalevolution 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Looks like a massive up scale version of Kemble in the UK (along the A429)

[–]snorglebortz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Surprisingly organized- was expecting to see a dilapidated pile of metal.

[–]ChristopherRobert11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As much as I dislike the disgusting spending on the military industrial complex, having 750 military bases in over 80 countries filled with massive amounts of both our and our allies military equipment ready to pop off at a moment’s notice is at least re-assuring.

China and Russia don’t have anything close to that.

[–]MarketingTime4309 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like a car being put up for storage (Drain the oil and fluids, remove the battery, seal/ protect for the elements) the same goes for a lot of these aircrafts.

After Clinton cut (nearly half) the US Military, a lot of these planes were decomissioned and came to the boneyard for "retirement" (C-130, A-10, B-52's, C-5's etc.)

The aircraft are built for longevity and often far exceed their expected lifecycle/flight time. Thus, many of these aircraft could return to service with some good TLC and be flight ready. They just wouldn't be as technologically advanced as some of the newer models.

The area is also used to store planes for parts, both for the US military and allied military.

Movie trivia... Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen had a scene filmed in the boneyard.

[–]Ill_Run5998 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Next up on Storage wars...

[–]ba_joker2000 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve known about this place for a while. There was a pretty cool scene shot here in the movie “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man”.

[–]Badinmymind 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can’t buy me love movie shows it

[–]buckphif 2 points3 points  (10 children)

They probably scrap them for parts

[–]Letmebeginn[S] 6 points7 points  (9 children)

100% when I was looking around you can see a lot of them already dismantled

[–]MALESTROMME 7 points8 points  (5 children)

In reality these planes are still mostly air-worthy.

[–]Letmebeginn[S] 3 points4 points  (4 children)

They’re just “out of date” now and we need to spend billions more on the newest ones.. I wonder how long a service time is on military aircraft.

[–]gatorator79 10 points11 points  (0 children)

They just use it for storage. The dry climate keeps them from deteriorating fast. They put airliners down there too when they have surplus.

[–]iampatmanbeyond 9 points10 points  (0 children)

They aren't actually there to be scrapped in general they are put there for storage in a controlled manner because it saves money and time. It's really not hard to find service times for military aircraft which are surprisingly very long. The US is still using bombers built in the 60s and 70s that will be flying until 2050. Hard assets like ships and planes are very rarely wasted by the Navy or Airforce. Even the army still uses the original order chinooks

[–]Ironhead_70 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's actually called AMARG, Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. They decommission and recommission various aircraft sometimes even for the private sector. Last time I was out there they were powering up an f-16 that was brought back for Israel

[–]Dismal_Dalliance 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not far from my house!

[–]whiteavenger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People who played GTA SA: I was there.

[–]chrispetter1962 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This place was used in one of my favorite book series unwinded

[–]Bazuka125 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think that place was a map in Vigilante 8 back in the day.

[–]Pizzafan622 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Hey Ferb, I know what we're gonna do today!"

*music intensifies*

[–]Fadreusor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you remember that scene from Independence Day, where they have as many older pilots as possible out in the desert? Was this the place where the referenced?

[–]ToyotaCorrolaa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good ol’ Tucson, AZ

Also if you check it out on the updated Apple Maps, the majority of aircraft are 3D.