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Air Base Davis-Montan. Takeoff allow!

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In the middle of the desert are planes. Slender rows of winged cars, painted with white protective paint. There is not a single living person around for many kilometers, only occasionally a lonely wind carries clouds of sand between the fuselages of aircraft. Exclusion Zone. Dead Wasteland.

Placed in the correct geometric order, thousands of planes remain silent. It seems that they are molded of clay, like terracotta warriors from the tomb of Emperor Qin-Shi Huang. Among the white silhouettes, the Phantoms' wings, curved upwards, are guessed, and the stocky figures of the Skyhawk A-4 ground-attack planes froze behind them. On the other side, the endless rows of F-111 tactical bombers begin - they are carefully wrapped in vinyl tape, because still represent considerable value. New rows of winged cars - there are awaiting the huge B-52. The combat formations of strategic bombers sometimes alternate with C-141 Starlifter military transport aircraft, here and there the blades of Hercules and Orion flicker. The alley of F-16 fighters gives way to the mooring of the Iroquois helicopters, the B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber carriers lined up behind them. Sometimes among the silhouettes of cars you can see the “exotic” - the decayed mummy B-47 “Stratodzhet” or the piston “Trader” of the middle 50-s ... In the southern sector there is a mess - here and there the semi-ganged skeletons of planes stick out. What happened here? Man Ali wild beast shred to shred the once formidable fighting vehicles?

The territory of the aviation reserve is carefully guarded - because in this strange place the second largest air force in the world is concentrated. Aircraft parking is surrounded by a security fence with security lighting. Masts with cameras and thermal imagers are installed along the perimeter; intelligent video detectors monitor day and night the situation on the approach to the air base in automatic mode; The neighborhood is littered with sensitive seismic and magnetometric sensors - all this leaves no chance for violators - residents of the nearby town of Tucson do not even try to penetrate the "abandoned" airfield and twist the fuel pump or titanium turbine blades of a jet engine for free.

News aviation archeology

The Davis-Montan air base, at first glance, is a contingent hole located not far from the Mexican border. The 355 fighter wing is stationed here, but despite the name, the fighters don't even smell here - only Thunderbolt A-10 attack aircraft are in service. Davis-Montand is the largest center for training ground attack aviation pilots. In addition to Thunderbolts, the 355 th wing includes a search and rescue unit (HC-130 aircraft and HH-60 "Pave Hawk" helicopters), a combat management group (special EC-130), a medical service and its own West Coast aerobatic team A-10.

However, the Davis-Montan airbase was widely known not because of the tricks of dashing guys on clumsy Thunderbolt aircraft. 11 square kilometers of the airbase is occupied by another interesting division - 309-I group for the repair and restoration of aerospace technology (AMARG). Over four thousand units of aviation technology, including 13 spacecraft, are in charge of this unit. The total cost of aviation trash is estimated at 35 billion dollars.

The storage location was not chosen randomly: the stable arid climate of the Arizona desert allows us to keep aircraft under the open sky for decades. Upon admission to conservation, the aircraft undergoes a series of procedures related to ensuring its safe and long-term storage. First of all, all armaments are removed from it, charges of ejection seats, batteries, all valuable onboard equipment and electronics are dismantled. Then the fuel system is blown through - instead of fuel, synthetic oil is injected, which, after a new purge, forms a protective film inside all the pipelines. After these procedures, the plane is wrapped in plastic film and coated with white paint - in order to avoid strong heat from the sun. The tractor tows the car to a pre-selected place, where the plane will wait for the decision of its fate: perhaps it will be sold to foreign air forces or sent to "cannibalization" as a source of spare parts for younger aircraft. Another option is not excluded - everyone will forget about the plane, and it will quietly rot in the same place in some ... dts years.

Despite the insane amount of aviation junk, there is always a hard rotation here - AMARG specialists select the most “promising" samples for implementation. Every year, about 400 machines leave the base for various reasons, about the same amount goes to storage.
Many machines are in good technical condition - many potentially suitable for further use. After upgrading and installing modern equipment, airplanes are sold on the world market at dumping prices. For example, October 19 2012 was contracted to supply the X-NUMX F-36 fighter mod. IQ for the Iraqi Air Force. According to some data, the contract amount was 16 billion dollars - a good income for the “aircraft cemetery”? By the way, the contract includes the delivery of a second set of engines and a number of important components - for sure, all this was also found in the parking areas of the Davis-Montan airbase.
Air Base Davis-Montan. Takeoff allow!

Mummy is back. C-1 Trader after 30 years of storage.

Sometimes even more interesting cases happen: in 2010, the representatives of the Brazilian Navy visited the aviation cemetery - they were looking for a suitable transport aircraft, tanker aircraft and an airborne early warning aircraft for the São Paulo aircraft carrier. Among the piles of aviation trash, Brazilians were attracted by the ancient C-1 “Trader” piston aircraft used on US Navy aircraft carriers in the 60-70s. As a result, a contract was signed for the purchase of eight machines of this type at the price of scrap metal. Four aircraft worth $ 167 million were upgraded to perform transport and refueling functions. Despite the ridicule, Brazilian sailors are not stupid guys: the new aircraft, called KC-2 Turbo Trader, has only a common frame with the old machine - otherwise it is a completely new aircraft with turboprop engines, modern communication and navigation systems. As for DRLO airplanes with Thales French radars, three operators' consoles and electronic reconnaissance equipment, the archaic type of a piston aircraft does not bother sea pilots - DRLO aircraft does not participate in races, it must save fuel in order to “hang” over an aircraft carrier as long as possible.

From an economic point of view, the 309-Aerospace Technology Repair and Restoration Group is a highly efficient enterprise with 1000% revenue per year! According to reports from the military, every dollar invested in the storage of the Davis-Montana airbase brings profit to the 11 treasury. There is nothing surprising here: when there is a ready resource - thousands of liquid planes and helicopters (and new ones are brought every day!), A great talent of an entrepreneur is not required to disassemble expensive equipment and sell it for parts. The costs go only to protect the base and the remuneration of aviation technicians. By the way, most of the 500 people AMARG are civilian specialists.

Of course, the army must be strong with military victories, and not with effective trade in decommissioned aircraft. But at the same time ... it seems to me that officials from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation should have learned a careful attitude towards technology. In the meantime, Hollywood is showing an interest in the fantastic landscapes of Davis-Montand - the shooting of steep blockbusters is constantly taking place at the base.



Fighters of the 563 search and rescue team at exercises in the vicinity of the Davis-Monten airbase


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  1. Lavrik
    Lavrik 10 November 2012 08: 17
    +25
    Americans are able to store their equipment. And deserts and weather allow them to do this. I visited our base of storage of BTVT: the battlefield near Prokhorovka looks like a crash. And it is considered - this is our reserve in case ...
    1. Civil
      Civil 10 November 2012 12: 26
      +7
      A contract was signed for the purchase of eight machines of this type at the price of scrap metal. Four aircraft worth $ 167 million were upgraded to carry out transport and fueling functions.


      our aircraft carriers sold cheaper ...
      1. Pimply
        Pimply 10 November 2012 14: 20
        0
        It is with a modernization
    2. Dimka off
      Dimka off 10 November 2012 12: 50
      +4
      Quote: Lavrik
      I visited our base storage BTVT:

      not so long ago, photos were posted on the site of equipment thrown into the woods - signaling machines, tractors, etc. - are still in good condition, and everything has been abandoned to rot in the forest .... there has also been a reserve ....
      1. ramzes1776
        ramzes1776 11 November 2012 13: 29
        +2
        This is our BHVT before the Serdyukov reform. The equipment was 70% in good condition.
    3. ramzes1776
      ramzes1776 11 November 2012 13: 18
      0
      This is our BHVT before the Serdyukov reform. The equipment was 70% in good condition.
      1. ramzes1776
        ramzes1776 11 November 2012 13: 22
        0
        Former 164 Vitebsk Red Banner MSD
        1. ramzes1776
          ramzes1776 11 November 2012 13: 31
          +1
          Then 6052 BHVT. Now only memories remain from her (((
    4. neri73-r
      neri73-r 11 November 2012 14: 24
      0
      There are 5 categories of storage, maybe what you saw was the 5th or 4th category, this is really rubbish, spare parts! I was in Omsk at such a base, from 1st to 3rd normal equipment, they also sell abroad and God forbid there will not be one screw in the spare parts, they will tear off their heads.
      1. ramzes1776
        ramzes1776 11 November 2012 16: 24
        0
        Quote: neri73-r
        Was in Omsk at such a base

        Is it not the case of the GRAU? Now it seems to have become a district subordination.
    5. Col.
      Col. 12 November 2012 11: 00
      0
      Quote: Lavrik
      Americans are able to keep their equipment

      That's it to store! The author is wrong in calling the Davis Montana aircraft technology trash. This is not rubbish, but airplanes put on CANNING! A big difference. By the way, they have many ships stored in this way. And we have? You know it yourself ...
    6. sancho
      sancho 12 November 2012 11: 01
      0
      Eh Serdyukov would Makarov here .... lol
  2. MilaPhone
    MilaPhone 10 November 2012 08: 27
    +3
    Nifiga yourself, how much aluminum!
    1. fern
      fern 10 November 2012 13: 19
      +8
      Yes, not only) What kind of banana republic to buy 10 phantoms, and it will bring fear and horror to the banana neighbors laughing
  3. Alexander Romanov
    Alexander Romanov 10 November 2012 08: 41
    +7
    There are more aircraft on this base than in all of our Air Force. It’s unfortunate that way. Although they are compact, like mess.
    1. Dimka off
      Dimka off 10 November 2012 12: 47
      0
      Quote: Alexander Romanov
      Although they are compact, like targets.

      So our task at the time to deliver a missile strike there)
      1. Konrad
        Konrad 11 November 2012 12: 22
        0
        Quote: Dimka off
        So our task at the time to deliver a missile strike there

        It's not a tricky business to fight with "pensioners".
  4. snek
    snek 10 November 2012 08: 53
    +6
    Eh, take a walk there ...
    1. laurbalaur
      laurbalaur 11 November 2012 11: 31
      +1
      Harley Davydson and Marlborough Maine made a film there!
  5. cyberspace
    cyberspace 10 November 2012 09: 14
    +4
    In nearby towns, open color reception points, make advertisements and carry everything.
  6. zadorin1974
    zadorin1974 10 November 2012 09: 44
    +15
    Yes, the amers really know how to count money - an impressive sight. We’ve stored our equipment right under the cutter and how much time does it take to make a modern airplane? One fourth of this aircraft trash will take off at least one hundred pounds and fulfill the combat mission in modern global war without the use of nuclear weapons and the number of air defense systems, the air forces of the war veterans will be sharply reduced, and when they strike at construction and repair aircraft factories they will be irrevocably reduced - and the amers have a stock of junk for ten years, but we are not morons cutting our planes - that we don’t have a place to store? -unas there are no people who can save and not plunder - imagine they put on this base to guard and service our ensigns and specialists and also on the perimeter of conscripts — a month later footcloths from the gucci and to the lamborghini to work and on the base constantly delegations of inspectors whose portfolios cannot be fastened upon departure. AND FOR LONG OUR BASE ?? !!!!!
  7. Krilion
    Krilion 10 November 2012 09: 59
    +3
    for Russia, this example is not good .. we have a plane or flies-or breaks into the trash ....
  8. Dimon Lviv
    Dimon Lviv 10 November 2012 10: 15
    +3
    Large air base - a big bomb.
    Here is the first thought when looking at the photo
    1. loft79
      loft79 10 November 2012 11: 05
      +1
      Yes smile... Big fucking bombs and the movie "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Cowboy"
    2. wave
      wave 12 November 2012 12: 48
      0
      at the very beginning, such a thought flashed - "Oh, on occasion it would be correct to put a charge of a couple of hundred kilotons in the center here - it would be correct from a tactical point of view."
  9. andrei332809
    andrei332809 10 November 2012 10: 30
    +3
    this is a warehouse. our homeless people there, they would quickly cease to be homeless
  10. Professor
    Professor 10 November 2012 10: 35
    +5
    residents of the nearby town of Tucson do not even try to peer into an “abandoned” airfield and twist the fuel pump or titanium blades of a jet engine turbine for free.

    Of course they’re not trying. This base is the main employer in the district, and as you know, they do not spit in the well.
    1. andrei332809
      andrei332809 10 November 2012 10: 40
      +5
      Quote: Professor
      This base is the main employer in the district, and as you know, they don’t spit in the well

      ours would go there. amers would quickly be trained to carry the necessary and unnecessary from the "native" enterprise
      1. Santa Fe
        10 November 2012 14: 12
        +8
        Quote: andrei332809
        ours would go there. amers would quickly be trained to carry the necessary and unnecessary from the "native" enterprise


        As you see, this folk tradition did not bring happiness to Great Russia
        1. andrei332809
          andrei332809 10 November 2012 14: 15
          +2
          Quote: SWEET_SIXTEEN
          As you see, this folk tradition did not bring happiness to Great Russia

          Yes, Russia did not bring, but to individual representatives ...
      2. revnagan
        revnagan 10 November 2012 23: 02
        0
        Quote: andrei332809
        ours would go there. amers would quickly be trained to carry the necessary and unnecessary from the "native" enterprise

        No, ours would be their salary, and they themselves would catch the "metalworkers" by the hand and shoot them on the spot.
      3. Konrad
        Konrad 11 November 2012 19: 19
        +1
        Quote: andrei332809
        ours would go there. amers would quickly be trained to carry the necessary and unnecessary from the "native" enterprise

        Or maybe they would wean us to steal? Or is it useless?
  11. ivan_stepanch
    ivan_stepanch 10 November 2012 10: 59
    +4
    and if necessary, quite a decent mob.resource.
  12. Kars
    Kars 10 November 2012 11: 01
    0
    I remember in the film .. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro cowboy .. there were a scene of a shootout at a cemetery of aircraft (according to legend, next to Vegas) heaps of Korsarov and Iroquois.
  13. 116rus
    116rus 10 November 2012 11: 18
    -2
    From an economic point of view, the 309th Aerospace Repair and Restoration Group is a highly efficient enterprise with revenue volumes of 1000% per year!
    Author, did you yourself understand what you wrote?
    1. Tirpitz
      Tirpitz 10 November 2012 11: 30
      +4
      1000% is 10 times more. 100% is 2 times. Invested a dollar - 11 earned. minus the dollar invested, it turns out 10 net. what's wrong?
      1. El13
        El13 10 November 2012 14: 30
        0
        The question of assessing the cost of the aircraft received, if we assume that they get for nothing, then yes ...
      2. petro
        petro 10 November 2012 19: 04
        0
        SO IT'S PROFITABILITY, NOT REVENUE.
      3. tuts
        tuts 11 November 2012 08: 53
        0
        Quote: Tirpitz
        1000% is 10 times more. 100% is 2 times. Invested a dollar - 11 earned. minus the dollar invested, it turns out 10 net. what's wrong?


        it's liquidity

        Revenue (turnover, sales) - the amount of cash or other goods received by the company for a certain period of its activity, mainly due to the sale of goods or services to its customers.
  14. Per se.
    Per se. 10 November 2012 11: 49
    +8
    The Yankees and their ships are in no hurry to cut, since the Second World War, some have been stored in conservation, given the number of modern ships in the fleet. Our "clever men" even have Kalashnikov assault rifles in warehouses, "they burn their thighs," they itch to dispose of ... There is something to think about, an interesting article.
    1. Dimka off
      Dimka off 10 November 2012 12: 44
      +2
      everyone knows that there is a threat of world war. So they don’t cut their equipment.
    2. kopar
      kopar 29 November 2012 11: 46
      0
      Not only "Kalash". Recently they brought a batch of PPSh and PPS-s ..... Everything to the oven, for processing .....
  15. Strashila
    Strashila 10 November 2012 12: 27
    +1
    That's right ... they don’t cut planes now ... the production cycle is months ... and pilots need not be prepared according to the take-off and landing principle. And so ... from two or three you can always assemble one in a matter of hours ... yes there are enough pilots in reserve ... a week and thousands of combat-ready units will be set.
  16. Dimka off
    Dimka off 10 November 2012 12: 42
    0
    stand and wait TMV ... sleep for now. Waiting for the team to attack the enemy positions.
    1. fern
      fern 10 November 2012 13: 21
      0
      Pilots on f-4 will be taken from Vietnam veterans)) And I think there’s not enough time to train
      1. Mobidic
        Mobidic 10 November 2012 13: 56
        0
        So I think, even if there are 2 aircraft for each pilot, it is doubtful that all this technique is being implemented. Where to get so many pilots, and it is unlikely that there is such a large number of reservists, that is, in fact, an open-air museum, and not one.
      2. Professor
        Professor 10 November 2012 14: 00
        +1
        With modern development ... in the West, "autopilots" will be installed and this "trash" of the UAV will become. Cheap and cheerful.
        1. El13
          El13 10 November 2012 14: 34
          0
          I think it’s cheaper to build a UAV than to adapt the management of these rarities to external control, there are not airplanes with a digital open architecture ...
          1. Professor
            Professor 10 November 2012 14: 42
            +1
            Conversion kits in UAVs are already on the market. And they are acceptable. For example, this one: NRUAV marine rotary wing UAV
            1. fern
              fern 10 November 2012 21: 55
              +2
              And don't forget about the QF-4. Unmanned phantom modification
              1. Professor
                Professor 10 November 2012 22: 27
                +1
                I remember him too:

                QF-4 drone. In combat the AIM-120 AMRAAM has delivered kill probabilities of the order of ~ 50 percent against targets which cannot be considered challenging either aerodynamically or electronically. The standard drone against which the AIM-120 has been tested, including the latest AIM-120D prototypes, is the QF-4, which is not capable of replicating the performance of any Flanker variant, especially not second generation Flankers with thrust vectoring, and third generation Flankers with supersonic cruise and thrust vectoring (US DoD).
                1. El13
                  El13 11 November 2012 00: 02
                  +1
                  Well, they convinced a couple :)) I had to think a bit myself, since there is an autopilot, then it’s possible and ... I slowed down in short.
  17. karimbaev
    karimbaev 10 November 2012 13: 19
    +1
    well done, we learn so much, sell trash
    1. Santa Fe
      10 November 2012 13: 32
      -2
      Quote: karimbaev
      we learn so much, sell trash

      We can't do that
      1. flanker7
        flanker7 10 November 2012 14: 58
        +2
        We do not have time, our rubbish rots faster, including due to the climate ..
        1. Santa Fe
          10 November 2012 15: 07
          0
          Quote: flanker7
          including due to climate ..

          Unfortunately yes

          Well, organizational problems
  18. Num lock U.A.
    Num lock U.A. 10 November 2012 13: 30
    0
    I recall a sad story with an attempt to return to service decommissioned MiG-27
    why is that?
  19. Santa Fe
    10 November 2012 13: 52
    +3
    I am surprised at the naivety of many people: everyone wants to sell trash, get big money for it and do nothing.
    Here is the first part of the "Iraqi contract":

    The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of:

    --18 F-16IQ aircraft,
    --24 F100-PW-229 or F110-GE-129 Increased Performance Engines,
    --36 LAU-129 / A Common Rail Launchers,
    --24 APG-68 (V) 9 radar sets,
    --19 M61 20mm Vulcan Cannons,
    --200 AIM-9L / M-8 / 9 Sidewinder Missiles,
    --150 AIM-7M-F1 / H SPARROW Missiles,
    --50 AGM-65D / G / H / K MAVERICK Air to Ground Missiles,
    --200 GBU-12 PAVEWAY II Laser Guided Bomb Units (500 pound),
    --50 GBU-10 PAVEWAY II Laser Guided Bomb Units (2000 pound),
    --50 GBU-24 PAVEWAY III Laser Guided Bomb Units (2000 pound),
    --22 Advanced Countermeasures Electronic Systems (ACES) (ACES includes the ALQ-187 Electronic Warfare System and AN / ALR-93 Radar Warning Receiver),
    --20 AN / APX-113 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) Systems (without Mode IV),
    --20 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Embedded GPS / Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), (Standard Positioning Service (SPS) commercial code only),
    --20 AN / AAQ-33 SNIPER or AN / AAQ-28 LITENING Targeting Pods,
    --4 F-9120 Advanced Airborne Reconnaissance Systems (AARS) or DB-110 Reconnaissance Pods (RECCE),
    --22 AN / ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing Systems (CMDS);
    --20 Conformal Fuel Tanks (pairs).

    Also included: site survey, support equipment, tanker support, ferry services, Cartridge Actuated Devices / Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD / PAD), repair and return, modification kits, spares and repair parts, construction, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, US Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, ground based flight simulator, and other related elements of logistics support.

    The estimated cost is $ 2,3 billion.


    There seems to be something else besides old planes.
  20. Kostyanich
    Kostyanich 10 November 2012 15: 00
    +2
    my friend was in a tank cemetery somewhere in the far east
    said that tanks of all types starting from t34 are in several rows
    the lower ranks have already sunk in the swamp
    I don’t eat Russian princes and I won’t give others
  21. efefefd
    efefefd 10 November 2012 16: 40
    -1
    Isn’t this the base of the old phantoms of the same age of 21 make unmanned target aircraft ... in general, well, stupid laughing
  22. Santa Fe
    10 November 2012 16: 48
    0
    B-52 caught a friendly HARM

    In short, there is such a version, although they themselves do not know for sure)))
    1. Santa Fe
      10 November 2012 16: 49
      0
      Here is another description
  23. orfo
    orfo 10 November 2012 19: 36
    0
    http://www.s2ftracker.com/braziltraders.htm
    the glider looks good, so glad for the Brazilians


    On the other hand, it becomes just a shame for the domestic technology, which is stored in a changing climate for years in the open air, with dubious conservation. Remember at least the same reviews from closed bases, tank cemeteries (including at repair factories) and the killed L-39s in storage. Disgusting attitude towards state property.
  24. SuperVodka777
    SuperVodka777 10 November 2012 23: 50
    0
    second largest air force in the world
    Aren't they the first for 20 years?
  25. tupolev-95
    tupolev-95 11 November 2012 10: 30
    +2
    You can argue a lot whose planes are better, but in terms of organization, support, and in terms of the same storage, our backlog is just monstrous. In the photo above, there is a storage base, 2 years ago, I handed over the planes to our storage base - this is a cemetery.
    1. ramzes1776
      ramzes1776 11 November 2012 13: 37
      +1
      Quote: Tupolev-95
      In the photo above is the storage base, 2 years ago he himself handed over the planes to our storage base is a cemetery.

      But all the employees of the base with grandmas. I guessed?
  26. wax
    wax 11 November 2012 19: 29
    0
    It makes sense to store "trash" only if it is possible to sell it, while the costs of conservation and storage should surely pay off. In our climate and with our trash and the state of the world arms market, this is not visible. On the contrary, we need to quickly dispose of all the trash, leaving only the RESERVE.
  27. botur2013
    botur2013 11 November 2012 22: 16
    0
    What is the point of storing so much iron? In case of some sort of mess, they will bomb. It will not work to remove quickly, it takes time.
  28. studentmati
    studentmati 11 November 2012 23: 45
    +1
    A good example of a zealous owner! "Perhaps it will come in handy?" And at the same time, the owner still benefits from the sale of his farm. And in case of an unforeseen event, all this economy can fit, as in the Great Patriotic Mosin rifle - for example.
    1. kopar
      kopar 29 November 2012 11: 50
      0
      If only Mosinki, even Berdank and Arisaki fought. At least under Peter .....
  29. bistrov.
    bistrov. 12 November 2012 00: 25
    0
    At one time, even during the service, I had to get Zil-157 from the storage base, which stood for 20 years in the open air in the humid climate of western Ukraine, the cabin outside had already taken rust. They poured oil, gasoline, put the battery in, cranked the engine several times with the handle, and to our surprise, it started up a half-turn. Then this zurs drove and drove. Our ancestors were able to make technique.
  30. 7958
    7958 12 November 2012 11: 39
    0
    In the 60s, about 200 aircraft, mainly B-17s from this base, were converted into firefighters http://www.razlib.ru/transport_i_aviacija/aviacija_i_vremja_2006_02/p12.php