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AMARG: America's Strategic Military Aircraft Reserve (Paperback)

Aviation Military P&S History > By Century > 20th Century

By Jim Dunn, Nicholas A. Veronico
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 96
Illustrations: Approx. 160
ISBN: 9781913870614
Published: 1st August 2022



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The United States military stores more than 4,000 aircraft in the Arizona desert at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) facility adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Known as the “Boneyard,” this facility is much more than a place where aerospace vehicles come to die. Here some aircraft are maintained in both short- and long-term storage, while others serve as a “parts inventory on the wing” holding valuable spare parts in known locations ready to be harvested, overhauled, and returned to the fleet when needed. When an aircraft has yielded all the parts necessary to keep its brethren in the air, its carcass eventually meets the scrapper’s torch.

AMARG’s storage rows are home to massive fleets of F-15, F-16, and F/A-18 fighters, aerial refuelling tankers, C-130 and C-5 transports, helicopters of varying sizes, and bombers from the frontline B-1 to B-52s that are much older than the pilots flying them around the globe today. Among the rows are special use aircraft including the AWACS, P-3 maritime patrol bombers, aeromedical evacuation aircraft, and reconnaissance planes that serve a variety of missions, along with celebrity aircraft such as MiG killers that dominated the skies in aerial combat. As well as bringing the reader up to date with recent activities at AMARG, including the intake of new aircraft types, regeneration and the return to the fleet of aircraft formerly in storage, this book presents new, never-before-seen images that provide a visual tour of the Boneyard.

"An interesting insight into the workings of this facility, with many pictures of lines of everything from small helicopters to giant B-52 Bombers".

Helicopter International - January-February 2023

About Jim Dunn

Jim Dunn is a freelance aviation photojournalist from Sacramento, California. Since 1982, he has contributed to numerous aviation magazines including Air Classics, Air Fan, Air International, AirForces Monthly, and Combat Aircraft. A Vietnam-era US Air Force veteran (1971-1975), he has co-authored six books on current military aviation subjects. He served as the Executive Secretary of the McClellan Aviation Museum (1986-1994) and has a strong interest in aviation history and aircraft preservation.
Jim Dunn and Nicholas A. Veronico have collaborated on several publications in the past, including Giant Cargo Planes (Motorbooks Intl, 1999), 21st Century U.S. Air Power (Motorbooks Intl, 2004), and Boneyard Nose Art (Stackpole Books, 2013).

About Nicholas A. Veronico

Nicholas A. Veronico is an award-winning author of more than 40 books on military, transportation, local history, and art history subjects. Most recently, he served as public affairs officer for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (known as SOFIA) – a highly modified Boeing 747SP fitted with a 106-inch diameter infrared telescope used for astrophysics research. He was a crew member on 79 airborne science missions. His most recent books include Air Force One: The Aircraft of the Modern U.S. Presidency (with the late Robert F. Dorr), Pearl Harbor Air Raid, and D-Day: The Air and Sea Invasion of Normandy in Photos.
Veronico has co-authored three previous books on military aircraft storage including Military Aircraft Boneyards (Zenith Press, 2000), AMARG: America’s Military Aircraft Boneyard (Specialty Press, 2010), and Boneyard Nose Art: U.S. Military Aircraft Markings and Artwork (Stackpole Books, 2013).
Jim Dunn and Nicholas A. Veronico have collaborated on several publications in the past, including Giant Cargo Planes (Motorbooks Intl, 1999), 21st Century U.S. Air Power (Motorbooks Intl, 2004), and Boneyard Nose Art (Stackpole Books, 2013).

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