The note inside the cockpit read: AMARG
, this is 60-034, a cold warrior that stood sentinel over America from the darkest days of the Cold War to the global fight against terror.
The QF-16s are pulled from the 309th AMARG
and rebuilt to become airworthy and flyable as functional test aircraft.
Touted on its website as "the largest aircraft boneyard in the world," 309 AMARG
is a one-of-a-kind specialized facility within the Air Force Material Command structure.
The aircraft division restores airplanes to flying condition for foreign military sales or use as target drones--this is the AMARG
's "golden fleet." The aircraft division also feeds parts back to service life extension programs by harvesting significant portions of aircraft, such as a recent effort to recover the center wing boxes of A-10 attack aircraft.
INFORMATION: For the Pima Air and Space Museum, call 520-574-0462 or visit pimaair.org, which includes a link to the Davis-Monthan AMARG
Even if the BSL was to drop to 9 (10 percent of the BSL target of 87), the worst case scenario would be to use mothballed engines from AMARG
, which although difficult (because of policy), is more than possible, or to take an engine from one aircraft and put it on another aircraft.
Brunt, who was Olson's crew chief, now works as a technician at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG
), or the "Boneyard" at Davis-Monthan AFB, removing parts from decommissioned OA-10s to build inventories used by active A-10 squadrons for maintaining their aircraft.
The 309th AMARG
doesn't just supply much-needed parts to the fleet.
Accompagne de Jamal Oussfi (ex Amarg
Fusion) a la batterie et Hafid Tantane (ex Zazz Band) au Clavier, Taha Abouyassine a la basse (ya labess) et Omar Psy a la guitare, il presentera des extraits de son premier album [beaucoup moins que]Mektoub[beaucoup plus grand que], ainsi que des titres inedits extraits de son prochain album.
Once an F-4 is removed from storage in the "bone-yard" at AMARG
, it has to go through a series of inspections and repairs to ensure it's safe for manned flight before being sent off to the contractor, BAE Systems, to be outfitted as a drone.
Commonly referred to as "the Boneyard," the AMARG
is basically a 2,600-acre parking lot and storage facility for about 5,000 retired military aircraft.
When the crew got to Arizona, AMARG
employees inventoried all the items that were required to be on the plane.