Aircraft (and ICBM) Cemetery

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The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), often called The Boneyard, is a United States Air Force aircraft and missile storage and maintenance facility in Tucson, Arizona.

AMARG takes care of more than 4,400 aircraft, which makes it the largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world. AMARG was originally meant to store excess Department of Defense and Coast Guard aircraft, but has in recent years been designated the sole repository of out-of-service aircraft from all branches of the US government.

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AMARG was established in 1946 as the 4105th Army Air Force Unit to house B-29 and C-47 aircraft. AMARG employs 550 people, almost all civilians. The 2,600 acres facility is adjacent to the base.

For every $1 the federal government spends operating the facility, it saves or produces $11 from harvesting spare parts and selling off inventory.

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Top photo by Google Earth via Atlas Obscura.
All other photos by Wikimedia Commons.

Via Wikipedia.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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