"The Boneyard" in Tuscon, Arizona is Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. It stores numerous retired aircraft, and since World War II has become one of the largest aircraft storage facilities in the world, chosen because of the area's low humidity, meager rainfall, hard alkaline soil, and high altitude which allows aircraft stored here to be naturally preserved for cannibalization or possible reuse. The geology of the desert allows aircraft to be moved around without having to pave the storage areas.

"The Boneyard's" history began in May of 1946, when more than 600 B-29 Superfortresses and 200 C-47 Skytrains had been moved to Davis-Monthan. Some were preserved and returned to action in the Korean War, others were scrapped.

Today, Davis-Monthan is the location of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), which is the sole aircraft boneyard and parts reclamation facility for all excess military and government aircraft. Aircraft from the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, NASA and other government agencies are processed at AMARG, which employs 550 people, almost all civilians. The facility also converts old fighter jets, such as the F-4 Phantom II and F-16, into aerial target drones. The base's typical inventory comprises more than 4,400 aircraft.
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By: nic
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@ 2005-07-27 15:18:13
Maby i should clear his up. there are 3 levels of storage for craft. Level 1000- get cut up for metel. Level 2000- kept around for parts and such. Level 3000 going to be refurbished/ kept in working order. (sry i cant spell)
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@ 2005-10-18 16:26:06
There was a good show on the Discovery Channel about the Boneyard called Boneyard: Where Machines End Their Lives.
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