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Best Places To Tour A Military Aircraft Graveyard?  
User currently offlineJAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 22308 times:

My friends and I in NY close to NY city. We would like to go to a military graveyard to see old planes etc that have been retired or stored. Does anyone have any good suggestions of places where we could go and actually walk around the aircrafts? Probably we would have to go out west to a desert or something unless there are places on the east coast.

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User currently offlineUsaafb17fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 22230 times:

Quoting JAM747 (Thread starter):
We would like to go to a military graveyard to see old planes etc t

Nearest I can figure, there is one place outside Tucson, AZ which gives tours of an airplane graveyard. I don't know about walking right up to them, and walking around the yard itself. I actually saw a Satellite picture (via Google Earth.com), and was quite fascinated. They have mostly retired AWACS, B-52's, and KC-135's, along with some larger utility helicopters. Check it out for yourself. Have fun!


User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10106 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 22213 times:
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It's Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ. Here's the base's website:

http://www.dm.af.mil/

It's a pretty huge military aircraft graveyard. Never been there, but I think it covers a square mile or so at least.

~Vik



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User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 22207 times:

Many years ago I was stationed at RAF Manston in Kent, UK. Manston was designated a master diversion airfield and at that time we used to have a foam runway facility. So if aircraft had problems (undercarriage wouldn't come down etc) they used to divert there.

Consequently, many aircraft came and never left because they were too damaged so we really did have a good graveyard. It was generally older aircraft as they were not considered economical to repair.

Unfortunately its been some time since I was last there so I don't know what, if anything, remains. But maybe there are other places like that around the world.


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 22213 times:

The place mentioned by the two repliers above actually and officially is not part of Davis-Monthan AFB; it´s an annex called AMARC, but still military.
see http://www.amarcexperience.com/ for further info.

Tours of AMARC are organized and carried out by PASM (Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ) www.pimair.org
However, be advised that that tour will NOT let you get off the coach when visiting AMARC !

PASM itself has a wide selection of military a/c stored outside with some of them being quite weather beaten.
Located between PASM and AMARC are a number of private scrappers who get those hulls that are discarded off by AMARC (but there is no guarantee what to see at any given time).

So if its not a Museum with high-polish exhibitions that you want to go to, a visit to sunny Tucson might be a thing to consider ...

Located south of Tucson is the very interesting Titan Missle Museum (see link on PASM website).
Some more civilian a/c storages are also located near Tucson ...
-HT



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User currently offlineCrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 668 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 22032 times:

I used to be stationed @ Ft. Huachuca, about an hour south of Tucson. Let me tell you, the Pima Air and Space Museum and AMARC is a aviation enthusiasts paradise. Another neat "spot" is up just North of Marana in Airzona, off of I-10. It's called Pinal Airpark and has a lot of Old 747's and retired widebodies. I never got a chance to go over there, but it's a cool view from the highway, and only looks like a 5 minute drive from the exit.


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 21895 times:

Quoting Crjflyer35 (Reply 5):
Another neat "spot" is up just North of Marana in Airzona, off of I-10. It's called Pinal Airpark and has a lot of Old 747's and retired widebodies. I never got a chance to go over there, but it's a cool view from the highway, and only looks like a 5 minute drive from the exit.

The sad thing is that one cannot enter that base.
Also, as I´ve been told, security does not like people standing next to the fence.
Make sure to go to the right place: It´s MZJ and not nearby "Northwest Regional/Avra Valley" AVW (which can also be interesting, but it´s not a storage).

OTOH, one can still hire a plane ( Big grin ) and fly over MZJ giving sights like those:
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Photo © Sven De Bevere


In the past, overflights were also allowed for AMARC, but check with the locals.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineSCEagle From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 21830 times:

Is there any way to climb aboard some of these Desert Beauties? Supervised, of course. It'd still be great to wander through a 747 or B-52 or DC-10...

User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 21780 times:

AMARC is definitely worth a go if you get the change. When I was there (many years ago), you could buy flights in a small Cessna over the AMARC complex a Tucson Airport. Not sure if they do that any more.

Regards
S�ren Augustesen


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