A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery

The AMARC, or aerospace maintenance and regeneration center, is a joint service facility managed by the US air force material command located in Tuscon, Arizona, USA.

Often referred to as “The Boneyard”, AMARC is an aerospace storage and maintenance facility adjoining Davis-Monthan Air Force Base which provides a service to alb ranches of the US military (air force, navy, marines, coast guard and army), as well as other US national agencies.A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 1  A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 11Currently controlling over 4,200 aircraft as well as many other types of military equipment, AMARC works very hard in promoting itself as not just a “Boneyard”. Many of the stored aircraft can be returned to an operational status in a short period of time and there is a continual process of anti-corrosion and re-preservation work which keeps the aircraft in a stable condition during their stay.A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 2  A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 8A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 5  A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 111A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 6  A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 12A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 3  A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 4The reason the Boneyard reference exists is due to other work that AMARC carries out, that of reclamation of spare parts and the eventual disposal of spent airframes. The Center can be divided into 2 distinct areas, the RIT (Reclamation Insurance Type) area located to the east side of Kolb Road is littered with aircraft in various states of completeness. The junkyard appearance belies the fact that these aircraft are controlled by a process of careful part reclamation, both to a schedule and to ad-hoc requests. On careful examination many of these aircraft can be seen re-sealed to protect the remaining components from the dirt and heat.A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 4  A plane graveyard becomes an incredible art gallery 13AMARC is located in the town of Tucson, Arizona in the USA. Arizona is a south, western state which borders Mexico. One of the reasons that AMARC is situated here is the dry, arid environment which exists in the area all year round.

 

AMARC

Size Approx 2,600 acres

Number of aircraft stored : 4,200

Valued at Approx $27 Billion

Number of Employees Approx 600

GPS location: 32°09’20.82″N 110°49’48.28″W

 

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