One of the coolest parts of the visit to the Pima Air and Space Museum was the bus tour of AMARG, known officially at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, and formerly known as The Boneyard. In sum, this is that great toy store in the desert where old aircraft got to be preserved, sometimes to fly again, other times to be parted out to keep newer aircraft flying. Currently, there are roughly 4,500 aircraft of all types here now, all covered in preservative spraylat, waiting for the day that they are needed again, either wholly or in part.
They've got C-130s in there, everything from old A models right up through newer J models.
Almost all of the remaining F-4 Phantoms in the world are here now.
But what surprised me was all of the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor trainers that they have in there--116 T-34C models and a handful of Bs.
But someone is getting some. These are being crated for export, destination unknown.
Stay tuned for Part Two to follow--I got lots more.