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This isn’t a ‘good feel’ post at all but it interesting nonetheless. There’s nothing great about seeing your favorite aircraft from back in the day being abandoned and scrapped, especially when they’re no longer in service and are just used for target practice.
The thing is, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is there for exactly that reason, but their mission does add a ray of hope for the future.
This base in Arizona is the home of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, which means they actually use some of the planes you’ll see in the video to keep other ones flying. Also, for those that can still be maintained in flying condition, are. In case we get into a big scrap with someone and need more planes in the air, they’ll most likely come out of this lot.
As for some statistics, this 2,600-acre field hosts some 5,000 retired aircraft. Among these aircraft are also excess missiles that have not been used over the years. An interesting fact we found out about his place is that it exists right off of Tucson, Arizona because the alkali soil and its dry climate are ideal for preserving these aircraft.
The more you know.