When your Webmaster lived in Arizona for 20 years, first in Tucson, and later in Phoenix, I often saw and/or visited the world famous aircraft “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, but more often, its equally well known Non-Profit Pima Air and Space Museum at the Southern border of that large air base. The museum has a wind-fall of retired war planes literally sitting in its own backyard. The following official United States Air Force video (9:25 long) tells the interesting story of both the famous “boneyard” – – – and of its neighboring museum.
The U.S. Navy formerly maintained its own Boneyard, but up to the West of Phoenix, Arizona, at Litchfield Park. However they closed that in the early 1960’s, and consolidated the Defense Department’s storage needs with the much larger – and drier – Tucson Davis-Monthan facility.
Hopefully, you might find this video story about the “Boneyard” interesting, and certainly informative. The video is a fascinating insight into our own history.
For a separate yet spectacular 360 degree view of this huge airplane boneyard, visit our previous movingly (it is in motion!) graphic post of three years ago,right here.
[Although about four years old, you might still enjoy it at full-screen mode on your computer]
Four years ago, August 10, 2014, we reported on the dilemma facing the 1st AIR FORCE ONE, our Presidential Transport aircraft. Back then, in 2014, this historic airplane had been almost accidentally discovered, actively in the process of rotting away in the blistering heat of a Marana, AZ aircraft Boneyard, about 30 minute’s drive Northwest of Tucson, AZ.
Well, we are happy to report that that news story, appearing on the aviation news circuit, and the happenstance rediscovery of it at Marana by Scott Glover, apparently did the trick, as the below 40:50 length video reveals. Remember to keep your audio turned up!
Thanks again to our Aviation News Scout, Virg Hemphill (L), for this memorable video. This short 5:07 minute talk from the stage by former First AeroSR-71 Blackbird pilot, Brian Shul, entitled “LA Speed Check” is a real laugh generating piece of jet pilot “hangar talk” – – – one that brings laughs from pilot audiences each and every time. While the talk is meant for a pilot audience, that fact doesn’t very much diminish the laughs generated each time the Major share’s his short story with non-pilots . . . Without further ado, let’s have his words bring some humorous guffaws back into being.
Maj. Brian Shul stands in front of his SR-71 Blackbird in his regular space suit. Shulwas an injured POW in Vietnam.