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Posted: 10/15/2001 3:44:15 PM EST
While in the Air Force in the '60's, (1960's) I knew of D-M, but never saw it. I was stationed at Lincoln, Nebraska, and our B-47's, with 1 exception, went to Davis-Monthan, for storage. So what's there now? I cannot imagine B-47's being kept, so what might one find there? Our one exception at Lincoln was the last production B-47E. I seem to remember it was transfered from a base in Idaho, which phased out before Lincoln did in 1966. John
Link Posted: 10/15/2001 3:47:21 PM EST
you know lincoln is closed now? not sure what is at davis montham I was at Offutt
Link Posted: 10/15/2001 7:37:33 PM EST
[url]http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/ac-130.htm[/url] try that
Link Posted: 10/15/2001 10:44:57 PM EST
??? Davis-Monthan [url]http://www.dm.af.mil/default.htm[/url] Is home to the US Military aircraft "boneyard" or Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC). [url]http://www.dm.af.mil/amarc/default.htm[/url] They used to list all of the aircraft sitting there, but for some reason that list has been removed [X]. The oldest aircraft sitting there are from the late 40's early 50's, and even then they are only in ones and twos. Just think back to what the US Military was flying (in the way of fighter and attack aircraft) back during the Gulf War and that is what the majority of what is sitting there at DM is. Here is a civilian webpage for AMARC, it is a great look at what AMARC looked like before September. [url]http://www.amarcexperience.com/Default.asp[/url] Bonus question: What make and model is this aircraft and did you know that the US Navy flew it? [img]http://www.amarcexperience.com/gallery/dm010.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 10/15/2001 11:00:54 PM EST
Drove by Davis Monthan today. Davis has A-10's and C-130's. I think the C-130's are Sigint. I belive that's a picture of a Douglas DC-8. Don't know what the military designation would be.
Link Posted: 10/17/2001 7:46:22 AM EST
Ok,, I peeked. EC-24A modified DC-8 for EW stuff.
Link Posted: 10/17/2001 10:49:56 AM EST
I've driven by D-M many times while visiting my parents in Tucson. A lot of the graveyard is earth bermed so can't see in. But the area you can see is just one row after another of almost every concievable aircraft. They say it is the 3rd largest airforce in the world, just sitting there deactivated or for parts. North of Tucson there is a civilian airliner equivelent graveyard or parking lot for airliners.
Link Posted: 10/17/2001 11:24:49 PM EST
I have about 5 flight hours in that EC-24. It was a civilian EW trainer / jammer that was operated by Raytheon.
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 1:12:22 PM EST
B47s were guillotined to prevent them from ever being reactivated. Dad was a B47 pilot in the 310th out of Shilling, KA, in fact he's at a reunion right now. For more info on preserved -47s, go to http://www.b-47.com/ There are a surprising number around.
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 1:58:40 PM EST
Back in the 60's, B-47's were offered to Australia, but they wisely turned them down. The B-58 was supposed to replace them, but didn't. The B-70 was going to replace the B-52, but did not. Strategic concepts were different in 1959. The B-58 could blister paint at over 85% thrust. A great machine, but tough to work on. One of them landed at Lincoln needing repairs, and it took 2 weeks to get it off the ground. When it did, though, what a machine. That was the coolest thing I ever saw, until a British Vulcan visited our base. THAT was REAL cool. John
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 2:10:10 PM EST
I stayed at D-M last year when I was visiting my inlaws in Pheonix. My father-in-law is a retired AF col. Very cool place, the Pima Air museum is the mecca for all aviation enthusiasts and the AMARC tour was well worth the money. D-M has something like 3,000 of the 5,000 F-4 phantoms made. It's also the place where they chop up the B-52's per some arms reduction agreement with the Soviets. They literally guiotine the planes and leave them out for the Russian satellites to view.
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