B-1s Arrive at the U.S. Air Force BoneyardLee Hudson
On the eve of the U.S. Air Force 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group’s (AMARG) 75th anniversary, Aviation Week visited the organization responsible for storing retired military aircraft. The AMARG also is in charge of aircraft reclamation, regeneration, depot-level maintenance and disposal. The facility has grown to include more than 3,100 aircraft and 4 aerospace vehicles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, NASA and other federal agencies.
The AMARG is at the center of a debate in Washington on whether Congress should allow the Air Force to retire legacy aircraft such as the Fairchild Republic A-10, McDonnell Douglas KC-10 and Boeing KC-135 to make room for new platforms such as the Boeing KC-46, Lockheed Martin F-35 and the Lockheed Martin Next-Generation Air Dominance progream. In recent years, the Rockwell B-1 was the first airframe to receive congressional approval for retirement to make room for the Northrop Grumman B-21. The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act approves 17 B-1s for divestment.