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snopes
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For those of you that have never seen this, it is something to see.

The precision in the way they are parked is impressive.

It is difficult to comprehend the size of the "Boneyard" 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.

If you are ever in the Tucson area, the weekly tours of the boneyard are still given through the Pima Air Museum, located just south of Davis Monathan AFB.

Both the museum and the boneyard are very popular attractions 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.

The 3rd largest Air Force in the world is sitting on the ground here. It's the only unit in the U.S. Air Force that actually makes a profit.

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LittleDuck
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"...And this one here's a real beauty. Only flown on Sundays by a little old lady on her way to church."

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Singing in the Drizzle
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Of course the important thing to remember is that they are all capable of being returned to flying condition if the need ever arises.
Not true. Some can be can be restored to fly condition. Others are used for spare parts on planes still in service. Lastly some scrapped for various reason and recycled.
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Bach_girl
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Those are some really cool pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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Mr. Plow
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Some good info & links to satellite photos that show how huge this place is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerospace_Maintenance_and_Regeneration_Center

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Troberg
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I hope some of these eventually make it to museums all over the world, preferably before they are destroyed to a point where they can't be restored to flying condition.

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Donovan
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There's obviously a lot of vehicle trafic in and around the B-52s in the first and last pics. I wonder how much is that routine security wanderings and how much are crews looking for parts.

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mnotr2
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The traffic around the B-52s could be because they were being eliminated in accordance with the START Treaty. I believe all the B-52s at D-M AFB are gone now, cut up and turned into scrap metal.

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The Goof
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I've lived within a few miles of "The Boneyard" since I was 9 years old. There are two sections really the section the the plans can be made read to operate with in 48 hours (the picture with the fighters) and the scrap area. I believe that all of the B-52's have been moved to the scrap area for the last few years at least. Some have been destroyed, but not all. They chopped the wings off to destroy them since that could be easily confirmed by satelite.

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