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Aircraft Graveyard Tours In Arizona

Tue Oct 18, 2005 5:50 am


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?

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RE: Aircraft Graveyard Tours In Arizona

Tue Oct 18, 2005 5:56 am

I went on the Davis Monthan tour last summer (2004), it is very good, but photography may not be the best as you are limited to a bus. During your tour you have to stay on the bus.

You travel around the airfield, stopping frequently at different aircraft. There is everything from DC-9's to C-41's there!

After the tour you can also go into the museum, which is excellent, you can walk around and/or take a cart around. There are some great aircraft at the museum including B-52's and the Air Force 1 707.

Well worth the tour!

I don't know if there is any other tours around there, but you may also wan't to go to nearby Mojave which is great for photography, or Marana or Kingman (where there are some TWA L1011's)!

Hope this helps,

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RE: Aircraft Graveyard Tours In Arizona

Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:00 am

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.
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RE: Aircraft Graveyard Tours In Arizona

Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:34 am

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: