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AMARC (Aircraft Boneyard) SR71 PICS ADDED

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mosesburb, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. mosesburb

    mosesburb For Rent Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Russ and I decided to head down to the Pima Air And Space Museum (PASM) in Tucson today. We opted for the bus tour (only way to get in) of the AMARC facility (aka airplane boneyard). The tour of AMARC was the best part, but way too short--and you are not allowed to get off the bus to do a "self-guided" tour. The museum itself has some very cool examples of rare and unique aircraft. Being in such close proximity to AMARC, some of the rare one or two-off aircraft are represented because often the aircraft will be donated to the USAFM in Dayton OH, but they will only want one (or none), so they will loan it to the PASM for display.

    Entrance to PASM
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    On the side of a B52F at PASM
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    Super Guppy!!
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    Massive B36 awaiting re-assembly at PASM.
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    A few Hueycobras awaiting their final fate at AMARC.
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    13 C5A Galaxy airframes awaiting cannibalization at AMARC.
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    1 of 2 YC14 aircraft produced for test/eval.
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    Anybody need an A10??
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    B52 ALCM wing pylons in storage--no internal rotary launchers--damn.
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    F14s in storage for future use.
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    All in all, much better than going to work!!
    More pics avail if you want to see more.
     
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  2. surpip

    surpip 1 ton status

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    those are F-14's


    kick ass pics man, love to walk somethng like that, wonder if i could get in with my ID
     
  3. chevyfumes

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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    Super Guppy...Nice...
     
  4. mosesburb

    mosesburb For Rent Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Yup, sure are. Posted wrong link (1st time w/new software)

    If you get in, can I be your guest--pleeeeeeeeeze??
     
  5. surpip

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    ill have to look into that
     
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    Put me down for a A-10 pleeeeeeeeaase..
     
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    that third pic looks like Moby Dick the white whale :D aaarrrgg, shiver me timbers maties!
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    It does not look like something that should fly after being loaded. Nice pics.
     
  9. Cricket

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    Always wanted to go there, thanks for the pictures.
     
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    I will take two warthogs thanks.
     
  11. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks for teh pics. Post more if you have them.
     
  12. theperfectgarage

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    Cool pics, I drive by Twice a day and I can spend hours at the air & space museum. It's one of the cooler things about Tucson. That and the free air shows when a pilot is showing off in a F-22 Raptor. I love having Davis - Monthan here.:D
     
  13. MTBLAZER89

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    I was there a couple weeks ago on our detchment to Tucson. I have some pics at home I'll upload tonight. It's crazy how amny aircraft are out there. They let us get out of the van for certain aircraft if we wanted pictures. The place is wayyyy to big to walk through.
     
  14. pauly383

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    Drive by there all the time ( Dad lives outside Tucson ) . Haven't gone in since my nephew was smaller .

    Last time I was in there , that plane in the movie "Can't buy me love" had its emgine sitting on the ground in front of it , it just fell off :D
     
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    I was in Phoenix for business on March 16-17 and was able to head down to Tucson after the meeting were over on the 17th. I was born and lived there until I was 7, but hadn't been back in 25 years. I took quite a few pics of the bone yard. One of my fondest memories about the place was the airshows and driving by the mothballed aircraft.

    Pics from 3-17-06:

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    Here are a few more:

    I wish we would have had time to hit the museum, looks like it would have been a good time.:D

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  17. mosesburb

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    A few more from the journey.

    A B47 at PASM. I was fortunate enough to be able to talk to a B47 crew member who flew many sorties in a B47. He said it was an absolutely beautiful aircraft to fly in and handled like a dream.
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    B52G at PASM. This is one of THREE(!!) B52s at the museum.
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    B52F at PASM. This is the last of the tall-tail B52s.
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    NB52A at PASM. This is the first operational model of the B52. This particular aircraft was one of two A models modified for use as an X15 mothership and still carries the X15 pylon under the right wing.
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    B58 Hustler at PASM.
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    This area at AMARC is for tooling only (all the way back). The DOD did a study and determined that it is cheaper to store the tooling in the AMARC "open air warehouse" than it is to pay for the destruction of said tooling.
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    This is more tooling. If you look closely in the foreground you can see the silver-colored jig used for making the B2 canopy.
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    The tails on the right are B52s. In the foreground you can see the tail gun assemblies being stored.
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    On the left in this pic there are several B1 Bombers in storage. If you look way in the back you will see some long tube looking things laying horizontally. These are B52 fuselage assemblies that have been chopped from their wing and tail assemblies. These used to be chopped up further, but now they are stored for future cannibalization because it seems, for some reason, that B52 parts can be hard to find.
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    The planes on the right side are C141s. I could not even begin to count the number of these at AMARC.
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    More C141s packed in like sardines.
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    A couple/few F4s here. Not possible to get all in one photo, except maybe an aerial photo.
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  18. midnitewarya

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    My grandfather was the master technician for those birds. When I was stationed at Huachuca, I drove up and saw this guy sitting there. I snapped a photo and sent it to my grandfather in TN. He called me when he got it, he was on the verge of tears.

    That is the very last Hustler in existence. Grandad put grandma in the car the next weekend and drove all they way across the country to see it. He is the last person alive to have even been directly assigned to a B-58 SAC wing, and he got a great photo with the last plane.

    He called me from it and told me that the left gear looks like it still has valving problems, and they wouldn't let him fix it. He could remember every specific problem that that specific plane ever had.

    It's been sitting there for 20 odd years now, and this whole time he thought they had all been scrapped.

    It's still the fastest long range bomber ever.
     
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    There are a ton of F-4's there. I tried to get a few shots of all of them, but you have to et so far back you can't tell how many of them there are.

    The tooling thing was intersting. The guy with us said basicly if we "needed" to we could start manufacturing A-6's, F-4's, Tomcats..etc again. Sorry i didn't get my pics up I will though.
     
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    Every time I g to Tuscon, I visit Pima. I eat that warboird crap up. The boneyard is col, but at Pima I can touch the planes, and I get off on touching them... The only problem with Pima is that they don't have the greatest airplane ever made. The most beautiful, graceful and capable fighter ever made: The P-51D Mustang.
     

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