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    Just been reading about The Boneyard AKA Davis Monthan AFB near Tucson, Arizona.

    What an amazing place! Essentially it's 2,600 acre site (that's 1,430 football pitches to you Al ) with over 4,000 retired aircraft including nearly every plane the US armed forces have flown since World War II.

    I wonder if the general public are allowed in and more importantly, if yes, are they searched on the way out


    Click on the pic for a BBC link

    If you enter Davis Monthan AFB into google maps you can have an ariel nose around in quiet some detail, really surprised it's not restricted in some way though.

    How about a group ATG tour?

    Cheers,

    Gary

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    They've even got a website

    http://www.dm.af.mil/

    Short notice but this looks awesome, free too... well as long as you discount the flight over and accommodation.

    http://www.dm.af.mil/library/aerospace&azdays.asp

    Cheers,

    Gary

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    And a photo library


    Click on pic to go to library main menu

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Saw this yesterday on the 'blogosphere and was going to post myself.

    Amazing place. I'm sure there are similar places in the UK - although far smaller - but presumably off limits?

    If we do an ATG tour - we need to visit AMARC at Davis Monthan AFB, Kingman Airport, Tucson International Airport, Pinal Airpark, Litchfield Park and Hawkins & Powers at the very least!

    We could always try France?

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...13647&t=h&z=16

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    Been there, done that! But alas no T-shirt.

    In 1993 I bought a car in Florida (a Pontiac Sunbird convertible, to be precise) and drove to California, taking in the sights along the way. I visited Houston space centre, the USS Alabama in Mobile, The Confederate Air Force (as it then was) in Midland Odessa, etc., etc.

    I visited the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson and asked about visiting Davis Monthan.
    At this time the USAF took one bus load of tourists per day, at 9:00 am. You had to phone the MWR dept. and make a reservation and show up at the guard room with I.D. at 8:45. Well, I'd missed out on the following day but booked for the day after. Spent a couple of nights at the Congress Hotel in Tucson (where John Dillinger had been arrested).

    So I took the tour; basically a slow drive up and down the rows with a USAF NCO giving a commentary. We couldn't stop and get out, but we could take photo's through the bus window. When we arrived at the recently arrived F4s, our guide became quite choked, as he had been a phantom tweaker and found it very emotional to see the sad end of his belovèd aluminum pursuit ship.

    By the way, Google Earth is great for checking out Davis Monthan.

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    WOW! Thats incredible! Just imagine all those cockpit clocks and other bits and pieces. I'm sure the caretakers assigned to the site will be flogging off some goodies now and then.

    I'll take a few bits from a Tomcat. Maybe a couple from a B-52, a B-1B and are those F-16s?

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    I'm embarrassed to say that I go to Tucson once or twice a year (my parents retired there) and haven't taken the time to go to D-M. I will the next visit - not like I'm short of time when visiting them, lol
    Cheers all, Colin

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