AMARG Boneyard Video


Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona is the location of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), the sole aircraft boneyard and parts reclamation facility for all excess military and government aircraft.

Aircraft from the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, NASA and other government agencies are processed at AMARG, which employs 550 people, almost all civilians. It is the largest airplane boneyard in the world.

Another role of AMARG is to support the program that converts old fighter jets, such as the F-4 Phantom II and F-16, into aerial target drones.

It also serves as an auxiliary facility of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, and stores tooling for out-of-production military aircraft.

AMARG's typical inventory comprises more than 4,400 aircraft, which makes it the largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world.

The following 8-minute video produced by Arizona Public Media offers an excellent overview of the role and day-to-day workings of AMARG.

"Nuts and Bolts of the AMARG Airplane Boneyard" (YouTube Video by Arizona Public Media)

 

Aerial view of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and AMARG airplane boneyard in Tucson, Arizona with rows of C-141 Starlifters, B-1B Lancers and F-111 Aardvarks in storage
Aerial view of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and AMARG airplane boneyard in Tucson, Arizona with rows of C-141 Starlifters, B-1B Lancers and F-111 Aardvarks in storage
Rows and rows of jet fighters in long-term storage at AMARG (Staff photo)
Rows and rows of jet fighters in storage at AMARG

 


End of the line: ground view of B-36 Peacemakers at Davis-Monthan AFB in 1958
B-36 Peacemakers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in the Tucson desert boneyard waiting to be scrapped

 


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