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Old Aircraft Storage Near Tucson?

Sat May 19, 2001 5:51 am

I'm going to Tucson next week and have heard that there is an airplane storage facility for old commercial aircraft in the area. Has anyone been? Any tips on where it is, how to get there etc...
 
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RE: Old Aircraft Storage Near Tucson?

Sat May 19, 2001 9:52 pm

yes, there is it is at the Tucson airport---we toured it while at A I 2000 last year...my sense of direction has passed but the storage area was on the airport proper back by several hangars--they had many dc9/727/L-1011/DC10--and taking pix was very easy--if I can be of any other assistance please e-mail me at tko2@webtv.net Good Luck
 
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RE: Old Aircraft Storage Near Tucson?

Tue May 22, 2001 11:05 am

I think you are refering to the Evergreen Air Park also known as Marana. Unfortunately they do not give tours
of this as it is a private area. If you drive along
Interstate 10 you will see hundreds of old military planes
parked out in the desert. There used to be several
hundred B707's out there as well but I fear that most
of these have been cut up by now
Cargo doesn't whine, moan, or complain
 
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RE: Old Aircraft Storage Near Tucson?

Tue May 22, 2001 2:40 pm

Hi 65bruce,

around Tucson there are many facilities with stored aircraft. The first is the airport itself:


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Next to the international airport is the Pima Air & Space Museum:


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Next to the Pima Museum is the Davis Monthan AFB with many hulks of B707s and other types in storage about 10.000 including fighters:


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In the Tucson area is also Tucson Ryan Field with a few old Props (2 or 3 Connies):


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If you head north direction Phoenix you will pass Marana - Pinal Air Park, with about 200+ stored commercial airliners, but you won't get access. This is supposed to be a CIA airfield, but you can rent a plane at Tucson and make some overshoots at Marana:


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Further north (I think) is Chandler Memorial, with some DC-4, DC-6, DC-7 and other old props, but also some C-130 Hercules:


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Hope that helped.

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RE: Old Aircraft Storage Near Tucson?

Thu May 24, 2001 8:01 pm

I think the one you refer to is the Pima-Air Museum. I have been there myself. It is really cool. They have everything. From old warbirds till the SR-71 Blackbird.
Another place I went to was Pinal Air Park. It is indeed a CIA airfield but..
I flew in there with an Archer and landed. You can walk on the tarmac. You just have to be carefull that nobody can see you taking pictures because then you have a problem. Here you can find dozens of 747's and DC-10's. You can even find the NASA-747.
Hope you will enjoy your stay. Ciao
 
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RE: Old Aircraft Storage Near Tucson?

Thu May 24, 2001 9:45 pm


I've been to the Pima Place too.
It was nice there.
At the LH Flight training facilities in Goodyear I've seen a couple of old DC10s.

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RE: Old Aircraft Storage Near Tucson?

Thu May 24, 2001 11:27 pm

As a resident of Tucson, I can tell you these guys are mostly right. The best place to get close to stored planes is on the northwest side of the airport along Valencia Rd, there is a hangar area with dozens of parked commercial airliners including TWA L-1011s, Continental 727s, and a lot of off-brand South American and charter airlines. Looks like they are being prepared for storage or resale. Some are right up against the fence. As far as Marana, it is visible off I-10 towards Phoenix, but it's not accessible to the public. There is Pima Air Museum, which is mostly military planes, and the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan AFB--tours are available, but again, primarily military.

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