6000 E. Valencia Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85706
The Pima Air and Space Museum, under contract with AMARC, offers tours of the Tucson Airplane Graveyard boneyard. Tours are available Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays). Departure times from the museum at 10 a. m., 11:30 a. m., 1:30 p. m., and 3 p. m. Airplane GraveyardTours last an hour and ten minutes.
During the Airplane Graveyard tour you will see thousands of aircraft in storage. While individuals are allowed to take photos or video for private use, they are not allowed off the tour bus while on AMARC property. For Airplane Graveyard information on tour schedules and fees, contact the Pima Air and Space Museum at 1-520-574-0462, or visit the Pima Museum website.
The military planes that rest in our Airplane Graveyard Southwestern deserts today are a mix of Strategic Air Command gray and Desert Storm camouflage. Even with large parts missing and rough shards of metal hanging in place of the engines, the planes convey a sort of faded dignity. Some sport nose art identifying them, as for example, Yankee Doodle II or Tantalizing Takeoff.
Bringing planes to their final resting-place can be an emotionally trying experience for veteran pilots, for example, Colonel William Saunders. He flew a B-29 tanker during World War II. At the end of the war, when the military had a large surplus of aircraft, he found himself parting with cherished planes on many occasions. Former astronaut and military pilot Frank Borman restores and flies old planes. Plane enthusiast George Litzenberg today spends his retirement years helping restore Sentimental Journey, a B-29 bomber flown during World War II.
When the last of the B-52s and fighter-bombers atAMARC are scrapped, the planes will disappear from their neat rows in the Airplane Graveyard boneyard as completely as the World War II vintage aircraft that went before. Presumably, they will someday be replaced by the aircraft patrolling our skies today. Come visit Airplane Graveyard. Please let us know if we can help you, your family or friends with any real estate in Arizona: info@MyOwnArizona.com or (520) 222-6929. We are here for you!
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