Incredible photos show why 309 AMARG could be the second largest air force in the world

THESE INCREDIBLE PHOTOS CLEARLY SHOW WHY 309 AMARG COULD BE THE SECOND LARGEST AIR FORCE IN THE WORLD

By Dario Leone
Sep 12 2017
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Currently 309 AMARG stores more than 4,400 aircraft and 13 aerospace vehicles from the Air Force, Navy-Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard, and several federal agencies including NASA

Taken at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Ariz., the incredible photos in this post show some of the 4,400 retired military aircraft stored at the U.S. Air Force (USAF) “Boneyard,” the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (309 AMARG).

F-16s stored at AMARG

As we have already explained 309 AMARG is a one-of-a-kind specialized facility within the Air Force Materiel Command structure: in fact crews at the Boneyard preserve aircraft for possible future use, pull aircraft parts to supply to the field, and perform depot-level maintenance and aircraft regeneration in support of the USAF operations.

B-52s at 309 AMARG

309 AMARG origins can be traced back to was to 1946 when Army’s San Antonio Air Technical Service Command established a storage facility for B-29 and C-47 aircraft at Davis-Monthan AFB.

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was chosen because of Tucson’s low humidity, infrequent rainfall, alkaline soil and high altitude of 2,550 feet (780 m), reducing rust and corrosion. The hard soil makes it possible to move aircraft around without having to pave the storage areas.

KC-135 Print
This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. KC-135R Stratotanker 161st Air Refueling Wing, 197th Air Refueling Squadron “Copperheads”, 63-8038 – Arizona Air National Guard – Sky Harbor ANG Base, AZ
309 AMARG airview

The Boneyard was originally meant to store excess Department of Defense and Coast Guard aircraft, but has in recent years been designated the sole repository of out-of-service aircraft from all branches of the US government.

Currently 309 AMARG stores more than 4,400 aircraft and 13 aerospace vehicles from the Air Force, Navy-Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard, and several federal agencies including NASA.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. B-52H Stratofortress 2nd BW, 20th BS, LA/60-0008 “Lucky Lady IV”.
B-52s stored at 309 AMARG

Incredibly its 4,400 aircraft would make of the 309 AMARG the second largest air force in the world (with USAF ranking at number one).

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

Artwork courtesy of AircraftProfilePrints.com

Source: U.S. Air force


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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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