Why Aircraft Boneyards Exist in the First Place

A long time ago (and by that I mean this past weekend) I did this write-up about the various economic and engineering factors that determine at what point an airliner retires and gets sent to the boneyard. » 8/05/14 10:35am 8/05/14 10:35am

Amazing Boneyard Photos (309th AMARG)

Photographer Peter Lik had the opportunity to take some shots around the 309th AMARG Airplane Boneyard. He has put some shots up on his website, and they are absolutely amazing. You can view the gallery at his website here: http://www.lik.com/aviator/ » 5/21/14 11:46am 5/21/14 11:46am

Second Annual Desert Boneyard 5k In Pictures (309th AMARG)

Today was the Second Annual Desert Boneyard 5k at The Boneyard (309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group - AMARG) in Tucson, AZ. And I very nearly was not able to participate in it this year due to there being lightning and imminent rain at the start time. But weather and other conditions held steady, and we… » 3/01/14 6:20pm 3/01/14 6:20pm

Return of the Desert Boneyard 5K (Announcement)

Last year's event was pretty awesome. And they are doing it again. Link to sign up is here: http://www.getsetusa.com/arizona/event-... » 1/24/14 10:53am 1/24/14 10:53am

Beauty in the Boneyard



Full Disclosure: I was stationed at Davis-Monthan for 3 1/2 years. I only made it inside the boneyard on 3 occasions (twice towing jets there for depot level maintenance, and once as part of a Pima Air & Space tour during a Family Day). Next time I'm in Tucson, I'll be calling in a couple favors. » 12/27/13 8:57am 12/27/13 8:57am

I never even got to say goodbye.


Just found out last night that two of the three A-10's I was the Assistant Dedicated Crew Chief on, and the only one I was the Dedicated Crew Chief on (pictured), have been retired to AMARG. I knew it was going to happen (278 had upwards of 12,500 flight hours on it when I saw it in Olympia, WA a few summers ago), but… » 6/11/13 11:31am 6/11/13 11:31am

Memories of the Peacemaker

Last week my father and I were talking about the Boneyard 5k from last month and the Pima Air and Space Museum and he started talking about when he was growing up and during the time in the mid to late 50's that every last B-36 flew into Davis Monthan at the end of their service life.

» 5/15/13 11:28am 5/15/13 11:28am

Amazing AMARG Photos


In my ever-evolving continuously growing quest for more knowledge and more pictures of the airplane boneyard (309th AMARG) in Tucson, AZ, I came across a pair of webpages which really raised the bar for the quality of pictures and photographic approach. » 5/14/13 5:57pm 5/14/13 5:57pm

Meta-Wing Wednesday

This is a newer installment from The Boneyard Project which was from the street artist ROA. More photos and information are available from the Brooklyn Street Art Blog.

This should be placed on display soon according to the Eric Firestone gallery. I emailed the gallery after this plane was featured in Robbie… » 5/01/13 2:08pm 5/01/13 2:08pm

The last F-4 out of AMARG...

So apparently the last F-4 (technically a RF-4C) from AMARG was almost definitely the F-4 that I saw a week and a half ago while I was late dropping my daughter off at daycare. I wish I had known, I would have been carrying around my 400mm lens to try to capture it.

And now it's off to be fitted for drone usage and… » 4/30/13 7:32pm 4/30/13 7:32pm

Repost for the non-weekend crowd - Airplane Boneyard Pictures

This weekend I participated in the inaugural Desert Boneyard 5k which was held at the 309th AMARG (Airplane Boneyard) in Tucson, AZ which is associated with Davis Monthan AFB. I took pictures, because, well, that's what I do. Below are links to both posts. » 4/29/13 12:07pm 4/29/13 12:07pm

Desert Boneyard 5k Panoramic shots

To go along with my previous post Tucson / AMARG 309th Boneyard 5k (in pictures) here are the promised Panoramic stitched shots. Some are expanded versions of the shots in my last post, some were shot with later stitching in mind. (full sizes here, some are LARGE: http://imgur.com/a/D2YRJ, I'm including an Imgur link… » 4/29/13 10:00am 4/29/13 10:00am

Tucson / AMARG 309th Boneyard 5k (in pictures)

Today was the inaugural Desert Boneyard 5k at the 309th AMARG airplane boneyard in Tucson, AZ.

I wasn't sure that I would be able to take a camera, but I brought one with me just in case. Because I wanted to pack light and (relatively) small, I only had a Canon T3i with a 50mm f/1.4 (which I chose because I had a… » 4/27/13 4:30pm 4/27/13 4:30pm