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AMARC, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. Airplane, Junk, Yard, Recycle, Aircraft, Boneyard

 
AMARC, Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center A major industrial center occupying 2,600 acres, AMARC manages an inventory of more than 4,200 aircraft In addition to the historic storage and disposition mission, the Center's highly skilled 662-member workforce regenerates aircraft, returning them to flying status or preparing them for overland shipment. The AMARC team also reclaims hundreds of millions of dollars worth of parts to support global warfighting operations. Although the Center's primary customer is the Department of Defense, additional workloads come from other national, regional and local government agencies, as well as foreign allies.
The Aircraft Division performs unparalleled regeneration and specialized aircraft repair. The Commodities Division removes, inspects, repairs and delivers aircraft parts and subassemblies in support of U.S. and foreign allied contingency and training efforts. The Storage Division prepares aircraft for short-and long-term storage and maintains them while in storage. Before an aircraft is stored at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC), it goes through a preservation process. On the aircraftÕs arrival, the AMARC team removes classified equipment, and pilferable items. AMARC provides an initial wash for Navy-Marine Corps aircraft to remove any corrosive salt-water residue. AMARC team members cover engine intakes, exhausts and any gaps or cracks in the upper portion of the airframe with paper and tape. They then spray the covered areas and other easily damaged surfaces (such as fiberglass radomes, fabric control surfaces, and canopies) with a black, water-based latex compound called "Spraylat." To prevent condensation within the aircraft, the underside remains unsealed to allow free circulation of air.
AMARC is located in the town of Tucson, Arizona in the USA. Arizona is a south, western state which borders Mexico. One of the reasons that AMARC is situated here is the dry, arid environment which exists in the area all year round.  AMARC at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ, also called "the Boneyard," stores hundreds of older or retired aircraft outdoors in the dry Arizona sun The planes are then scavenged for parts, or restored to flying condition later for re-entry into active service. AMARC is sometimes the only place to get spare parts for older aircraft like the B-52 Bomber or F-111 Aardvark short of doing custom builds, and will become increasingly important given the rising average ages of the US tacair, bomber and transport fleets. The reason the Boneyard reference exists is due to other work that AMARC carries out, that of reclamation of spare parts and the eventual disposal of spent airframes. Many of the stored aircraft can be returned to an operational status in a short period of time and there is a continual process of anti-corrosion and re-preservation work which keeps the aircraft in a stable condition during their stay.
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