Airplane Boneyard Tours


Pima Air & Space Museum, the starting point of boneyard tours of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson
The Pima Air & Space Museum offers tours to Davis-Monthan's AMARG facility (photo by the AirplaneBoneyards staff)

Virtually all airplane boneyards and storage facilities are limited access sites. Boneyards typically do not allow visitors and do not provide tours. We encourage potential visitors to check with individual sites to learn about access policies and tours. As always, we recommend obeying all warning signs and avoiding restricted areas.

However, the largest boneyard in the world, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, does allow tours of its Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) facility.

Boneyard Tours of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's AMARG Facility by the Pima Air & Space Museum

AMARG is a controlled-access facility and thus off-limits to personnel without the proper clearance. The only access to the airplane boneyard for non-cleared individuals is via a bus tour that begins at the nearby Pima Air and Space Museum.


Check with the museum regarding tour departure times, ticket prices, and seasonal schedules.

Read more at the official website of the Pima Air and Space Museum
or phone 520.574.0462 for additional information on visiting the Museum or taking the AMARG bus tour.


Main entrance, Pima Air & Space Museum, the starting point for bus tours of Davis-Monthan AFB's AMARG boneyard facility
Pima Air & Space Museum, the starting point for bus tours of Davis-Monthan AFB's 309th AMARG boneyard (staff photo)

The guided bus tours of AMARG are available Monday thru Friday, excluding Federal holidays.

The tours last about an hour and a half, and are highly recommended. Tour buses enter the Irvington Gate onto the base off Kolb Road, and visit "Celebrity Row," the maintenance areas and long-term storage on the west side of Kolb Road. The tour also visits the parts reclamation area to the east of Kolb Road. While the tour stops at different locations, no one is allowed off the bus.

Seating is limited, and tickets are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis, so plan ahead accordingly. Arrive at least one hour before scheduled departure times.

AMARG tour tickets must be purchased at the Pima Air and Space Museum, located across E. Valencia Road from Davis-Monthan. Bus tours depart from the Pima Museum entrance.

Due to security requirements on Davis-Monthan, there are baggage checks before boarding the bus, and limitations on what you can carry on the tours.

Government issued photo identification is also required for tour members age 16 or older.


Check with the museum regarding tour departure times, ticket prices, and seasonal schedules.

Read more at the official website of the Pima Air and Space Museum
or phone 520.574.0462 for additional information on visiting the Museum or taking the AMARG bus tour.


Click here for details, photos, maps and other information about the Pima Air & Space Museum at our AirplaneExhibits.com website

Touring the Mojave Air and Space Port in California

The Mojave Air and Space Port and industrial park in the California desert is home to more than 60 companies engaged in flight development, highly advanced aerospace design, flight test and research, the wind industry, and heavy rail industrial manufacturing. A major tenant is the Civilian Flight Test Center.

Aircraft scrapping at Mojave Airport in CaliforniaAircraft scrapping at Mojave Airport in California (photo by the AirplaneBoneyards Staff)

The Mojave airport is also a storage facility for commercial airliners, due to the vast area and dry desert conditions. Large Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed, and Airbus aircraft owned by major airlines are stored at times at Mojave. Some aircraft reach the end of their useful lifetime and are scrapped at the Mojave aircraft boneyard, while others are refurbished and returned to active service.

The Mojave Air & Space Port does not offer tours to the public.

However, they do invite visits during the monthly “Plane Crazy Saturdays" to see the airport, static displays and possible fly-ins. Contact the Mojave Chamber of Commerce for dates and details. The Voyager Restaurant is located onsite at the airport.

During official, major events, visitors should enter the airport property from the south on Airport Boulevard at the Highway 58 entrance. They will be directed to specific areas for parking and viewing.

For more information, contact the East Kern Airport District, 1434 Flightline, Mojave, CA 93501. Phone 661.824.2433.


Touring the Pinal Airpark Near Tucson, Arizona

Pinal Airpark is the home of Marana Aerospace Solutions, Evergreen Trade Inc., and the Silverbell Army Heliport (SAHP).

Entrance area to the Pinal Airpark in Arizona
Entrance area, Pinal Airpark (staff photo)

The airpark covers an area of 2,080 acres, and sits at an elevation of 1,893 feet above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 12/30 with an asphalt surface measuring 6,849 by 150 feet.

Marana Aerospace Solutions offers more than 600 acres of secured ramp and storage area for all sizes of aircraft. Formerly Evergreen Maintenance Center, Marana Aerospace Solutions is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most reliable aviation service facilities.

The Pinal Airpark near Tucson, Arizona can be reached via I-10 Exit 232 onto the Pinal Air Park Road ... the gate area is about 3 miles west of Interstate 10.

While the airpark was previously not accessible by the general public, the entrance gate and guard house have now been removed and several roads are open and drivable. Airliners can be seen from these roads, some close-up, others at a distance.

When we last visited Pinal in May of 2015, dozens of airliners were parked at the air park.

For more information, we recommend you contact the airpark and/or tenant companies and government agencies for current information on access and possible tours. You can also visit the website of Pinal County, or contact Jim Petty, the Economic Development Director for the airport, at 520.866.6545.

YouTube Video of Davis-Monthan AFB AMARG boneyard bus tour in Tucson, Arizona (May 2015)

Map of locations of active and post-WWII airplane boneyards and plane storage facilities in the United States

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