of the "Boneyard" (S516)
From: darrell94590 on 12/3/2006
Having flown over
the "Boneyard" numerous times, taken aircraft out for restoration (O-2's)
and been inside on several occasions, I agree it is difficult to comprehend
the size of the facility and the number of aircraft stored there.
Of course the important thing to remember is that they are all capable
of being returned to flying condition if the need ever arises.
There was an excellent book published a few years ago on the celebration of the "Boneyard's" 50 anniversary. It was written by Philip D. Chinnery and is entitled "50 Years of the Desert Boneyard" published by Motorbooks International and can be obtained through any good bookstore. If you are ever in the Tucson area, the weekly tours of the boneyard are still given through the Tucson Air Museum, located just south of Davis Monthan AFB. Both the museum and the boneyard are very popular attractions here in the Arizona desert.
It is difficult to comprehend the number of military aircraft in dead storage until you see these photographs! Even if you have seen this before, look again.
Things of interest.
1 - The
3rd largest Air Force in the world is
2 - It's
the only unit in the U.S. Air Force