USAF AIRCRAFT BONEYARD

MESMERIZING HD TIME-LAPSE VIDEO SHOWS THE USAF AIRCRAFT BONEYARD AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE

By Dario Leone
Feb 11 2017
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USAF aircraft boneyard

The incredible time-lapse video in this article shows U.S. Air Force (USAF) aircraft boneyard you as you’ve never seen it before.

Commonly referred to as the “Boneyard,” the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (309 AMARG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Ariz., contains about 5,000 retired military aircraft throughout 2,600 acres.

The 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 Air Force operations.

With an original acquisition price of more than $34 billion, the aircraft stored at this 2,600-acre repository, America’s National Airpower Reservoir, provide a unique savings account from which military units throughout the world may withdraw parts and aircraft. For example, in fiscal year 2023, AMARG reclaimed nearly 7,000 aircraft parts enabling the warfighter to project combat airpower at a cost avoidance of more than one-third of billion dollars.

Today AMARG continues to strive for agility, innovation, and growth by delivering excellent, safe, and compliant maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), logistics, storage, and support services to our customers. In addition to aircraft preservation and storage, AMARG’s capabilities include aircraft regeneration or restoring aircraft to flying status for the U.S. Armed Forces, Government Agencies, and allied foreign military forces; parts reclamation and aircraft disposal preparation, in addition to depot-level maintenance as an adjunct to the Air Force Sustainment Center’s three Air Logistics Complexes, truly America’s National Airpower Reservoir.


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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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