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SkyChimp
01-25-2006, 07:17 PM
The boneyard:

http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/download.php?Number=1162

Click "Open" when the box pops up.

SkyChimp
01-25-2006, 07:17 PM
The boneyard:

http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/download.php?Number=1162

Click "Open" when the box pops up.

berg417448
01-25-2006, 07:23 PM
I checked that out myself a couple of weeks ago. Amazing how many older aircraft are still there instead of being sent to the scrapyards.

BoCfuss
01-25-2006, 09:38 PM
"towing a warthog." Brilliant, Google Earth is cool.

jensenpark
01-25-2006, 11:55 PM
are those B52's I see right in the center?

Waldo.Pepper
01-26-2006, 02:05 AM
Think of the billions of dollars that were spent.

georgeo76
01-26-2006, 06:54 AM
don't forget the boneyard is there for the purpose of satellite viewing per our disarmament treatys w/ the USSR. Also, many of these birds will be restored and returned to service. If not in our forces, in one of our allies.

Fascinating.

Swords to plowshares.

georgeo76
01-26-2006, 06:55 AM
Also worth checking out is the Grand Canyon (Colorado River view). GE can be topographical too.

BirdieNum-nums
01-26-2006, 08:14 AM
What the @*%? There are F-14s in there. Lots of them. I didn't know USN put any F-14 out to pasture.

Anyone have any info on this? Seems I spotted some F-16 as well, and not in the operational portion of the airport either.

Cheers,

Birdi Num-nums

Dash_C.
01-26-2006, 08:54 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BirdieNum-nums:
What the @*%? There are F-14s in there. Lots of them. I didn't know USN put any F-14 out to pasture.

Anyone have any info on this? Seems I spotted some F-16 as well, and not in the operational portion of the airport either.

Cheers,

Birdi Num-nums </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Actually, the USN will retire all of its F-14s within a year. The two remaining F-14 squadrons are currently on their final cruise.

Dash_C.
01-26-2006, 09:02 AM
Does anyone know what the circle of planes in the southeast corner is about? Perhaps a "showroom" of sorts?

berg417448
01-26-2006, 09:11 AM
Some info on the boneyard:

http://www.swaviator.com/html/issued00j01/boneyard.html

MLudner
01-26-2006, 09:33 AM
That is Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson, Arizona. That is the part a bit away from I-10 (Interstate 10, which runs from Santa Monica, California to Jacksonville, Florida) at Exit 265 if I remember correctly. I drove up that road many, many times on my way to a Home Depot in Tucson back when I drove truck. DM AFB is used as a boneyard. If you follow that road back toward I-10 you will find the museum. The part you are looking at on the right side of the road (I can't remember the name) is where they take aircraft apart and scrap them. The left side is storage. Many of those aircraft are in protective coverings, which is why they look white.

berg417448
01-26-2006, 10:09 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BirdieNum-nums:
What the @*%? There are F-14s in there. Lots of them. I didn't know USN put any F-14 out to pasture.



</div></BLOCKQUOTE>


News story about the phase out of the f-14:

http://www.ksdk.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=89464

Enforcer572005
01-26-2006, 02:05 PM
there are many older models of F16A,FA18A,F15A in the boneyard. Most of the B52Gs were scrapped in the most incredible example of stupidity....oh well i digress.

There are even some F-105s and f106s still there, and F4s in the many hundreds. there are a few B1s after 30 of them were taken out of service prematurely, but about half of those have been returned to service and the rest used for parts. keep in mind that alot of those planes there are used for parts for later models. theres about 90+ B52Gs that were preserved for that reason (not like we'd ever need them again http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif....sheeesh).

recently on the history channel theere was a show about the boneyards, and they showed C141s being cut up in large numbers, and some C-5As that were used for spare parts. A7Ds and Es bieng cut up to (kinda surprised me). some rare stuff gets marked for preservation.

berg417448
01-26-2006, 02:16 PM
There may be a few more types joining them very soon. I recently read an article in which it was reported that the USAF was looking at retiring The F-117 in 2008 along with:

U-2
C-21
Half the remaining B-52 fleet.


This is allegedlt being done to pay for F-22s and UAVs.

MrQBerrt
01-26-2006, 02:38 PM
It's interesting to see what is visible in the boneyard from different altitudes. Go to 5000 feet or so and the aircraft are pretty easily discernable. It's not until about 8000 feet that the smaller fighters all start to look the same. And I'd imagine you'ld be able to pick out a moving fighter all the way up from 20,000 feet or so.

Not that google earth is a great resource for these kinds of tests. I'd imagine in real life, planes are even easier to see from far away. I just wish IL-2 was a little bit better in this regard.

PS If you do this for yourself, remember the city is 2649 feet above sea level (so my 8,000' should be 5351' and so on).

vocatx
01-26-2006, 05:33 PM
Several years ago I was flying across west Texas at 12,000 feet MSL when I happened to notice something moving down low. It turned out to be two jet aircraft, apparently practicing at low altitude. They had camoflage paint, and it was not easy to pick them out again if you lost them. The air was totally clear, no clouds CAVU. The only reason we noticed them at all was because the sunlight glinted off one's canopy. I would guess they were about six thousand feet below us, as most of the land out there is at least four to five thousand MSL.

XyZspineZyX
01-26-2006, 07:08 PM
Think they would let me go home with an F-14 if I gave them 5 bucks?

WTE_Ibis
01-26-2006, 07:48 PM
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Hey, they look like our 111s you got there, look after them m8 they're only spares. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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Enforcer572005
01-27-2006, 11:37 PM
well i finally got this thing, and im amazed. Did you notice the odd gatherings of rare planes along roads, especially on hte northern side (i think). theres one line up that includes a QF-100, several F-111s, a B-57, and RB-57 (the really long wing version), an F-106,F-101, f-105, and an F-8 i think.

there seems to be several places like that werhe rarer birds seem to be pulled out of hte line and possibly preserved.

i looked at Dobbins AFB in marietta ga, found 8 of the old rotting libian C130s in desert camo thats been embargoed for decades, a few others i cant recognize, some F18s, 3 F16s and a pair of E-2Cs on the naval air station side-which they just closed. Lockheed appears to have taken over most of the abandoned NAS atlanta side, and i saw one F-22 wiht a few C130s there.

Also found the B-29 they use as a gate gard there, and an A6 on the opposite side of the base.

this thing is neat. pity my current house isnt high enough resolution. i found my old apt near dobbins though....cool.

Enforcer572005
01-29-2006, 10:02 PM
Here is what im talking about....is this celebrity row? THey are obviously being preserved. Note the YC-15 prototype in the upper rt corner.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b63/Enforcer572005/davismonthanassortment.jpg

And now for something completely different...
these are the Libyan C-130s that have been embargoed at Dobbins AFB/Lockheed in marietta Ga for nearly 3 decades now. There's 12, and i found 8 at the base. this is a storage area in the boonies part of the base, and it appears there is a C-141 fuselage and an L-1011. they built the 1011 in california, not ga, so i dunno why theyd have it there. The desert camo seems to have held up well, but these planes have been rotted junk for yrs. when i worked at lockheed 20 yrs ago, they were parked outside the plant and were already pretty messed up by the elements.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b63/Enforcer572005/dobbins12c130sl1011ohters.jpg

The gate guard B-29 is also plainly visible in another area. I saw a pair of E2Cs parked wiht some FA-18s, 3 F-16s, 2 F15s, and an F22 on the ramp. And an old A6 i assume was preserved from the days the marine reserve had them there. I miss the days when that base was fully operational and had traffic all the time. I wonder what thye did wiht the gate guards that were there so many yrs...F105G,F100,F84F,F4D,F84G. Been gone a while, were all in great shape.