BristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2323 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 11637 times:
I've got a family member visitting me in Phoenix in December and he has always wanted to go to an aircraft graveyard. Has anyone done the tour around Davis Monthan AMARC in Tucson? And if so, what's it like?
Are there any other bases around (pref. closer to Phoenix) that operate tours?
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9370 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 11592 times:
Try a search first as this has been well covered with many good threads. I think you'll find though that most do not offer a tour. I have seen a mention one that does, but I don't remember were it was, and even then your not allowed off the van.
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
Smokescreen From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 11428 times:
As B742 said, the D-M AMARC tour is quite good. Even though you are restricted to the bus, it stops often and I have been able to get some decent photos (by my standards anyway) of the hardware. It is about 90% military though, only a couple of civvy aircraft. A bonus is that often there will be military pilots enjoying the tour while on a break from training. Last time I went there was a gang of RAF Jaguar pilots on the bus, very interesting guys.
The Pima Air and Space museum, which runs the tours, actually has a better selection of airliners, including a Caravelle and a TWA L-1049 complete with period GSE. They also have a nice display of Air Force One type planes, including a 707, Ike's connie "Columbine", and a DC-6 used by JFK that you can actually go onboard and poke around in. Again, the museum is mostly military, but it is definitely worth the price of entry. They suggest you book ahead for the AMARC tour though. Here's their website: