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Mothballed famous planes at Davis-Montha AFB in Arizona

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As alluded to in the posts about the aeroplane boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB, I also visited the Pima Air and Space Museum.  You have to visit the museum to go to the boneyard as the coach tours start there.  Spaces on the coach tours are first come first served, so I got to the museum when it opened to ensure I would get a trip to see the mothballed ‘planes.

The museum has a number of hangars as well as a large outdoor display.  You can wander around the hangars and the outdoor display at your leisure and read the labels, as well as take part in a tram tour of the outdoor display where a volunteer talks about ‘planes of interest.  I suspect they each stop at slightly different ones depending on their own interests, there are others, with cool stories which I’m sure they will all stop at.

I will make blog posts of some of the ones with stories and tell the stories, here are a few others I found interesting in the first hangar.

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Famous mothballed ‘planes at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona

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Famous mothballed planes at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona

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Lockheed C130 Hercules in storage at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona

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C130 engines in storage barrels at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona

C130 engines in storage barrels at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona

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Part of the coach tour through Davis-Monthan AFB includes the journey along ‘celebrity way’ on which a number of famous aircraft are mothballed, primarily for show rather than with an expectation of them flying again.  There were interesting stories about each one which the tour guide brightly told us.  Being on a coach meant I couldn’t really take notes and I decided against recording the whole tour.

I will share with you the pictures I took of the celebrity aircraft.  Some of you may recognise one or two.

If these have piqued your interest to find out more, you can go and visit them and hear the stories from someone who knows them all!

Between the Pima Air and Space Museum to Davis-Monthan AFB there is also a civilian storage/salvage yard.  We only saw it from the road so I don’t know how much mothballing vs slaughtering for parts goes on there.

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Boneyard part 2 Part of the coach tour through Davis-Monthan AFB includes the journey along ‘celebrity way’ on which a number of famous aircraft are mothballed, primarily for show rather than with an expectation of them flying again.  
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Navy helicopters in storage at Davis-Monthan in Arizona

Navy helicopters in storage at Davis-Monthan in Arizona

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F16s in storage at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona

F16s in storage at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona