Background

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base or DMB as the locals might call it, is a United States Air Force Base located in Tucson, Arizona.  The base started out in the 1920's as Davis-Monthan Landing Field but wasn't used as an Air Force Base until 1941. DMB's main goal is to train attack pilots in the United States Air Force as well as providing air support for the United States military anywhere around the world. 

The Air Force Base is home to the 355th Fighter Wing and may be better known for the Air Force Materiel Commands's 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) which is known for taking planes apart piece by piece and refurbishing parts to be used on other aircraft or be put back on the current aircraft and sent back out. Davis Monthan's AMARG program may be known to the public and also is a nickname for the base which is sometimes called the "Boneyard".  

The name boneyard originates from the countless number of decommissioned aircrafts that sit inside the confines of DMB. The low humidity and low rainfall makes Tucson the ideal place for aircraft preservation and reclamation of these aircraft. Davis Monthan Air Force Base is the only parts reclamation facility for all excess military and government aircraft in the United States. This "boneyard" can be seen from the road while driving past the Air Force base and offers great in-person views of real life military planes. 

 

Decommissioned planes scatter the grounds of Davis Monthan Air Force BaseDavis Monthan personnel area around AMARGFairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolts awaiting deconstruction

Aerial map view of DMB

 


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<div style="text-align: center;"> 355th Fighter Wing and the A-10 Thunderbolt II</div>

The Host wing based out of Davis Monthan is the 355th Fighter Wing. Originally known as the 355th Wing, the Wing was redesignated to the 355th Fighter Wing in 2007. The 355th Fighter Wing is responsible for training the A-10 and OA-10 pilots and to also provide close support for troops on the ground. If you are in Tucson during the week, you may be able to catch a glimpse of some of the pilots training in the A-10 Thunderbolt II flying over the Downtown or University of Arizona region.

The A-10 thunderbolt is the only aircraft flown by the pilots in the 355th Fighter Wing. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the only aircraft designed for close ground support making the 355th Fighter Wing that much more important for the United States Air Force. 

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II A-10 Thunderbolt II waiting to take off

 

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