The Bone Yard near Davis Monthan Air Force Base – Tucson, Arizona USA


Remember – Each one of these babies had a multi-million dollar price tag!

For those of you that have never seen this, it is something to see. The precision in the way they are parked is impressive.


It’s difficult to comprehend the size of the ‘Bone yard’ and the number of aircraft stored there. Of course, the important thing to remember is that they are all capable of being returned to service if the need ever arises.

“Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who did not.”
(Thomas Jefferson)


If you are ever in the Tucson area, the weekly tours of the bone yard are still given through the Tucson Air Museum, located just south of Davis Monthan AFB.


Both the museum and the bone yard are very popular attractions in the Arizona desert.

It is difficult to comprehend the number of military aircraft in dead storage until you see these photographs!


Even if you have seen this before, look again.

The 3rd largest Air Force in the world is sitting on the ground here.

12 thoughts on “The Bone Yard near Davis Monthan Air Force Base – Tucson, Arizona USA

  1. Man, as Ben Affleck says in the movie, Pearl Harbor, “just get me in one of those planes”. I got a few places in mind if you know what I mean. 😉

  2. First words/thoughts.
    I hate it.

    Over thinking it.
    Some stuff belongs there, some doesn’t.
    have more concern about those SOLD in ME

    Some of my jets became drones for target practice and also I see TURKEY has bought some

    Turkey in possession makes me extremely more angry than Arizona, or even usaf shooting them down to train. May those death cult bastards lose many hands and heads in the ****ing Aux Air Doors. If we get lucky maybe the crew chief can test the ejection seat in the Hangar.

    I don’t trust that country for ****

    Also going hand in HAND with the boneyard is the Disaster that BRAC leaves/left behind. Not just the BASES, but the community (many plural) around it dries up also.

  3. World’s largest air force=USAF
    World’s 2nd largest air force=USNavy
    World’s 3rd largest air force= the boneyard in Arizona??!!

  4. I worked for the Navy, the Moth ball fleet in VA and CA, their budget was over $10,000,000 a year. According to the government rule, it takes 3 years and a ton of paper work just to make one of these ship into a artificial reef.

  5. In case anyone may want to turn their nose up at F4-E Phantom it will walk all over an F-15C below 20,000 msl.

    Not a bad idea for those of us who are Aeronautic ally inclined to read up on the GE-J79, the Inlet system, hydraulics, fuel system and avionics for that aircraft.

    Never know? Any F4, A4, F16, F15, or F14 crewchiefs out there who love their country not a bad idea to join up with a militia and start training ground crews.

    1. Proficient on all of them. Where do I report for duty????
      Leave out the F-14s and the F-16s. The former is grossly under powered, and the latter is an electrician’s nightmare, not to mention the hazards of the EPU fuel.

    2. Not sure how you pass that kind of info on, since you would have to have had one to work on to go beyond theory. Kind of a weird unfortunate situation where you have to sort of be initiated into it somehow.

      For an F4D I would try Collings Foundation, they got a F4D.
      I would bet they still need funds, I don’t know about JET macs. Maybe they let you stand and watch and spill coffee on the floor? Maybe they hire people with Tools? I really don’t know one way or the other.
      While It’s been 20+ years, and I got no current cert., I could if asked, still do it to a point.

      Roaring Dual J79’s. Always gets me..Always will

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