The 'Boneyard' that adjoins Tucson's Davis Monthan Air Force Base
ARMAC, often referred to as the 'Boneyard' is an aerospace storage and maintenance facility here in Tucson that provides a service to all branches of the US military as well as other national agencies.
Currently, the 'Boneyard' controls over 4,200 aircraft as well as many other types of military equipment. ARMAC works very hard in promoting itself as not just a 'Boneyard', but also as place where many of the stored aircraft can be returned to an operational status in a short period of time. While the planes are here at ARMAC, they are in a continual process of anti-corrosion and re-preservation work which keeps the aircraft in a stable condition during their stay.
Another major funciton of AMARC, and thus the name 'Boneyard' is that reclamation of spare parts is being done on a ongoing basis both to a schedule and to ad-hoc requests from around the world. In many ways, this is a savings to the American Taxpayer and is the only department of the Air Force that actually makes money.
Planes that are not in the process of reclamation, are sometimes returned to active flight status, as was the case with the Second Iraq War. Other planes become instructional aircraft, while others are used as targets on Air force and Army ranges, and then there are a few that find their way into museums.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.