In october I revisited the southwest for a combination of memories, the open roads, scenery, tourist sights and... vintage planes. Some hightlights were planned, but I also like to look into local airports with an eye for tarmac turtles, hangar relics and flightline mummies, the neglected, abandoned and/or derelict aircraft.
A.R.M. (D.M.I. - DROSS METALS INC)
Stefan Krause wrote me in Dec.2019 with more details on these cockpits: "The narrative about Boeing 707s used as spare part for KC-135s at Davis Monthan is correct, however these cockpits are Boeing 727s.
United Airlines cockpit is known to be N7630U, Boeing 727-222 c/n 19903. It was broken up at Marana in the mid-'90s.
The Evergreen 727 has not been identified. It is fair to assume it also came from Marana. Several Evergreen 727s were scrapped there, but only three in their full colors: N725EV, N726EV N742EV (the others were all white). Pity it hasn't been ID yet, I now notice that on this (and my 2009) picture the door is open! Boeing aircraft usually have a plate inside the door frame. And probably still in the cockpit, unless it has been gutted... " See update below
Next to the 747 is a Vickers 831 Viscount, 4X-AVE (c/n 403); once operated by Arkia Israeli Airlines.
Next to it Convair 990 N990AC and at the far end Lockheed WC-130E Hercules ex/ USAF 64-0553 (c/n 4048).
The 'Herc' has m/s of '403rd AW' + AMARC code 'CF145'. This is WC-130E 64-0553 c/n 4048 [boneyardsafari.com]
For the 5th cockpit, on the right, with a green cheatline', see Stefan's message above.
A 2017 photo by James Pentland on Airliners.net has the Boeing 727 on the far right identified as N725EV, 727-27C
c/n 19112; "After being in service for 34 years, and having served with Braniff Airways as N7273, and PT-TYT
with Transbrasil, this 727 now resides at Davis Monthan in the Arizona sun."
Left is C-131 BuNo. 140998, two C-117s (visible 50812 'Jackson') at the far back.
And Alenia/Chrysler G.222 90-0172 USAF on the right. One of four here, at least three registered, in 2014,
to Russell Military Museum,IL. No.4 is a camo one, can be seen in the background on the image below...
Alenia/Chrysler C-27A Spartan, 91-0104 in small lettering low on the fuselage. That grey spot tried to erase 'N47892'.
On the tail it has 'DOSAW C-3' and 'PNC3002'. This one is from FY 91, batch 0103/0107.
Msn 4103, to AMARC 11Jan1990 as 'CC0006'. From 310th AS/24th WG at Howard AFB, Panama
Assigned N47892 in FAA Registry for US State Dept. To Russell Military Museum, Zion, Illinois, reg'd 17Oct2014.
Alenia/Chrysler C-27A Spartan, from a batch 90-0170/0179, this is 90-0173.
Msn 4100 went to AMARC 15Sep1997 as 'CC0002', from 310th AS/24th WG, Howard AFB, Panama.
Assigned civil number of N2286K with Department of State, 23Feb2000. For same by GSA Auctions at Davis-
Monthan AFB, Tucson 20Jan2014. Sale reported to Russell Military Museum, Russell, IL 17Oct2014 -JoeBaugher
Alenia/Chrysler C-27A Spartan, 90-0172
Msn 4099, to AMARC 11Jan1999 as 'CC0004'. From 310th AS/24th WG at Howard AFB, Panama.
Assigned FAA Registry N47612 for Dept of State 17Feb2000. Reg'd Russell Military Museum, Russell, IL 17Oct2014
[Source: Joe Baugher's website]
In april 2018 I came across 2 Alenia C-27 Spartan aircraft, both ex USAF, but transferred to the US Coast Guard. LINK
HU-16 (left) BuNo.131890 and HU-16D BuNo.141261 (AMARC 'IU028'). And behind there is
a tailsection of a HU-16 BuNo.131914 'APOLIS'.
Lockheed C-130E Hercules 64-0503 (c/n 3987); ex/ 374 AW, 'Crew Chief SSgt Guy L. Alexander'.
Grumman HU-16C N1359Y, ex/ BuNo.131890 (c/n G-233), owned by Rick Grant; he also owns N4470W (c/n G-361, USCG 2134) which is allegedly stored at Lakeport,CA?
And Mr Grant also owns HU-16D N13598, ex/ BuNo.141261 (c/n G-408), allegedly also stored here at ARM.
Rick Grant, further more, owns (or owned?) N43155 (ex/ BuNo.141276, G-423; w/ Grant Engineering at Santa Rosa,CA)
Source: www.hu-16.com/current.htm and www.jetphotos.com/airport/...ARM+Scrapyard+Tucson
Grumman HU-16D Albatross, BuNo.141261 'Kodiak'
Grumman Model G-64. Redesignated HU-16C in 1962. Msn 408, to MASDC as '1U0028' 12Aug1968.
To N13598 Allied Aircraft Sales Inc, Tucson AZ 21Aug1981. To Westernair of Albuquerque, Albuquerque NM 06Oct1981, expired 31Dec2012. Stored unconverted, Tucson AZ. -JoeBaugher
Grumman HU-16D Albatross, BuNo.141261 - in storage since 1968!
A grim interior
On the left Bu.No.131914. Grumman Model G-64, redesignated TU-16C in 1962. They were navigation trainers, delivered to
US Naval Academy, Annapolis in Maryland. BuNo.131914 (c/n 305) was delivered to US Navy on 04Sep1953. To MASDC
as '1U0004' 16May1966. Noted at DMI Aviation, Tucson 28Aug2000. Parted out at there. -JoeBaugher
On the right HU-16 BuNo.131890 US Navy, details below.
Model G-64 (HU-16), BuNo.131890
Msn 233 was delivered to the US Navy 22Mar1952. To MASDC as '1U0009' 10Jun1966.
To civil registry 06Oct1981 as N1359Y for Westernair of Albquuerque, NM. Canx 06Jun2013.
Stored at DMI Aviation, Tucson 28Aug2000, as N1359Y. -Joe Baugher
Some parts kept together.
Aircraft Restoration & Marketing - ARMAIR.com
Convair R4Y-1 / CV340 - designation changed C-131F in 1962.
BuNo.140998 down there is c/n 281. After its service went into storage at MASDC as '1G011' 28Apr1982.
Registered N524 [sic] per Nov92. Registration N5249W cancelled. Still on AMARC inventory 01Jul2008.
[Source: JoeBaugher.com] On the right 'IG0016' on the nose of aircraft, see below.
Msn 311 - to MASDC as '1G016' 27Jul1982. Still on AMARC inventory 01Jul2008. To contractor per 13Jan2012
C-131F BuNo.141028 'ANIG0016'
C-131F BuNo.141028/028 'ANIG0016'
Convair C-131F BuNo.141028 'ANIG0016'
Convair C-131F, BuNo.140998 (c/n 281). A museum could convert this one in a very nice static display.
Into storage at MASDC as '1G011' 28Apr1982. Registered N524 [sic] per Nov92. Registration N5249W cancelled.
Still on AMARC inventory 01Jul2008. [JoeBaugher.com]
Way in the back of the A.R.M. yard are the two C-117D's
On the left is C-117D 50812. Built in 1944 for the USAAC as C-47A 43-49447, immediately transferred to the U.S.Navy. Later converted to an R4D-8 with c/n 43358.
To the right is VC-117D 12412. This was built in 1943 as 42-23372 (c/n 9234) and again was converted to an R4D-8,
later designated VC-117D. After withdrawal from service, both were stored in MASDC. (-Alan Wilson, Flickr.com)
Douglas C-117 BuNo.50812 (c/n 43358)
Douglas C-117D BuNo.12412 (c/n 9234; AMARC '6C030') 'Norfolk'
Douglas C-117 BuNo.50812 'Jacksonville' (Bas Stubert log 3-2010)
A look inside C-117D 50812
Lockheed KC-130F BuNo.148900/QB (VNGR-352, USMC)
Msn 282-3685- to AMARC as '2G0033' 16Jun2004. Still on AMARC inventory Jul 1, 2008
Fairchild C-123 Provider, N123KJ
Joe Baugher: C/n 20108, 'converted to C-123K. To MASDC as 'CP060' 08Oct1981. To Department of State as N2129J.
To AMARC as 'CP095 103Jan94, later as 'MC0002'. To Department of State Oct.1989 as N2129J.
Returned to USAF/AMARC April 1994. Registration N123KJ reserved. Registered 11Apr2003 to Astre Air International
of Watkins, CO as N123KJ. Noted in a scrap yard at Tucson, AZ wearing N123KJ.'
N123KJ was at some point rumored to go to the Pima Air & Space Museum.
In December 20005 I was told that the owner is John Mulvey of Denver,CO. Looks in good shape!
Now we go over to the other side and have a peep into the part I was not allowed to enter due to work in progress.
Convair C-131F 'Samaritan' BuNo.141004 (c/n 287) and behind it 141007, C-131F c/n 290.
On the right C-131 BuNo.141003 (c/n 286; AMARC ' IG012') and further down C-131F 141006 c/n 289.
C-131F 141003 c/n 286 (N14100); source: www.abcdlist.nl/cv340.html
Convair C-131F 141004 (c/n 287)
Convair C-131F 141004 (c/n 287)
Left BuNo.141004 (c/n 287) and behind it 141007, C-131F c/n 290
C-131F 141003 c/n 286 (N14100); source: www.abcdlist.nl/cv340.html
AMARC code 'IG012'.
BuNo.141003 and BuNo.141006. They, the C-131s here, all seem to have had 'nose jobs': salvaged weather radars?
Convair C-131F BuNo.141006 c/n 289
Most of the DC-3/C-47s of 'the Boneyard Project' are at the Pima Air Museum, but one ended up at ARM.
This is Douglas C-117D N105BF (c/n 43389; ex/ BuNo.12441). abpic.co.uk by Roger Syratt
The NASA Herc is NC-130B reg'd N707NA (c/n 3507; '707')
'2441' can still be made out on the tail. Been here at least since 2008, but has since shed some parts.
The Boneyard Project - Resurrecting Planes Through Art'Conceived in Spring 2010 by Eric Firestone and organized with curator Carlo McCormick, The Bone Yard Project revives disused airplanes from America's military history through the creative intervention of contemporary artists, taking entire airplanes and their elements out of aeronautic resting spots in the desert, known as boneyards, and putting them into the hands of artists.'
PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Sales of the 10-14 passenger Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra, which first flew in 1937, had proved disappointing, despite the aircraft's excellent performance, as it was more expensive to operate than the larger Douglas DC-3, already in widespread use.
In order to improve the type's economics, Lockheed decided to stretch the aircraft's fuselage by 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m), allowing an extra two rows of seats to be fitted.
The prototype for the revised airliner, designated Model 18 by Lockheed, was converted from the fourth Model 14, one of a batch which had been returned to the manufacturer by Northwest Airlines after a series of crashes.
The modified aircraft first flew in this form on September 21, 1939, another two prototypes being converted from Model 14s, with the first newly built Model 18 flying on February 2, 1940.
A total of 625 Lodestars of all variants were built.
R5O-5: US Navy version of the C-60 powered by 1,200 hp (895 kW) Wright R-1820-40 engines. Similar to the R5O-4 but had 14-seats; 38 aircraft were built and three former NEIAF aircraft. [Wikipedia]
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (28) N10609 (c/n 1758), ex/ BuNo.48396
www.airliners.net/photo/4678931/L + www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=67188
In the back, behind N10609 (I think): Canadian Vickers OA-10A Canso N322FA, in storage en.wikipedia.org:_List_of_aircraft_in_the_Pima_Air_&_Space_Museum
|UPDATE 2018: 'PBY-5As N68756 and N10609 have both been acquired by MotoArt, who specialise in producing high quality artefacts from vintage aircraft.
N68756 has already been moved to California (Mojave) and N10609 will follow in due course.
The Summer 2018 edition of The Catalina News magazine has a full article on MotoArt's Catalina activity.'
They can both be considered scrapped! End of story.
Convair C-131F Samaritan BuNo.141025 (c/n 308), reg'd as VH-EAQ for Historical Aircraft Restoration
Society Inc (HARS, Australia). In Sep.1984 transferred to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC,
now AMARC) with inventory number 1G0020. In March 2002 to Pima Air and Space Museum, Davis-Monthan AFB (South Side) and in 2006 to Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (acquired through EBay!). R15Oct07 to HARS as N340CV, but canx 30Apr2011. R28Jun12 to Gregory Ackman (of Camden, NSW) as VH-EAQ.
UPDATE May 2019: Put up for sale by HARS as with the acquisition of VH-TAA (ex/ South Africa) there is no need for them
to continue this project; work started in 2008 apparently and sofar 80% towards a full restoration had been completed.
BuNo.1??343 I think. Coded GF? I am guessing SP-2H
"148342 was scrapped in the 1970s, but 148343 has survived, registered N715AU,
and is stored in Montana."
BuNo.148343 it is. The Montana link above must beeen an assumption for ownership by Neptune Aviation Services.
In Mar.2018 I read a post by Paul Cooper he was going to haul BuNo.148343 back to Texas after disassembly at the Pima Air Museum. Its last owner seems to have been Neptune Avistion Services (which has no longer use for P-2 Neptune spares).
Paul posted: "Some of the components are going to new homes. Both props/engines, wheels, cowlings, and yes the rest will be history. This plane flew into Davis-Monthan in 1980 and over the years has been a donor to keep other Neptunes in the air."
Paul posted this screendump (no online source)
I also found this info online:
Pity I had no access here: Fairchild C-119C-15-FA Flying Boxcar, 0-90157:
Fairchild C-119C-15-FA Flying Boxcar, of batch 49-0155/169.
This is 49-0157 (c/n 10394) to MASDC as 'CJ112' 09Oct1965. Time to get some work done here for a display?!
Gerben Groothuis sent me this image (dating from Feb.2017) for identification..?
With the above photo Gerben wrote: "can you help with the identification of the C-131 (or T-29) nose found stored
at the Pima Air Museum? I know about the TS-2A next to it, that's N425DF/136583/D-401." EMAIL
Western Int'l Yard (left) and UAC seen from the air
Martin Foster asked me: "On East Drexel Road, possibly beyond where you took photos of the Grumman Albatross aircraft, is the old Minden yard. Don't suppose you noticed if a Neptune is still lurking in there?? If it was, it's possibly one of the few that flew with the RAF before the Shackleton took over maritime patrol!"
Scott Gallaher (Allied Industrial,LLC) wrote me in Nov.2018 and sent me this photo: "I am deciding on the fate of one Neptune P2V that is still located on the 'old Minden lot'.
WESTERN INTERNATIONAL AVIATION Inc
John Gasho is President of Western International Aviation a.k.a. the Western Int'l Yard .
WIA Inc is classified under aircraft service & repair and has been in business for a great many years. It was established in 1983, and is located (afaik) in the yard where Time Aviation previously carried on business.
Several of such similar operators in the same business have cleaned out in recent 10-15 years. And those that remain show increasingly 'more green' on Google Maps.
John R. Gasho (Sr) tribute at the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame
You'll find John and his wife Sharon mentioned in an article on my website: A Bad Day at Scottsdale
DHC C-7B Caribou ex/ USAF 63-9755, AMARC code 'CM002'
UPDATE from Ralph M. Pettersen's website www.proplinerinfoexchange.com/ (#OCT04-2020, updated 07Oct20)
N91NC & N98NC have been rereg'd to Gogo Aviation on 04Nov20, these are probably the 2 targeted for the attempt to restore them to airworthiness. Gogo Aviation is registered on the same adress as Turks Air and Conquest Air Cargo at Opa Locka Airport, Miami,FL.
N80NC (c/n 186) & N90NC (c/n 86) were also reg'd to Gogo Aviation, on resp 14 & 15Jan21.
Douglas EC-118A Liftmaster, ex/ USAF 53-3245 (c/n 44616)
Once operated by the 21st Composite Wing at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.
U.S. Air Force Douglas EC-118A Liftmaster, 53-3245
Grumman HU-16E Albatross USCG 2135 (G-362)
Convair C-131D Samaritan '42819' (c/n 226), ex/ USAF 54-2819
Grumman S-2 Tracker BuNo.136494/412 of VT-28 US Navy; AMARC code 'IS702'
Grumman HU-16, which has no markings to unidentify with.
But John Gasho helped out: Grumman HU-16C 142428; which makes it c/n G-212.
With these data I found more on the internet:
'Grumman HU-16C Albatross
Grumman HU-16B Albatross, ex/ US Air Force 51-0043 (c/n G-119)
Wears faded 'O-10043' and 'Rescue'-titles on the fin. Civil registration N7049D.
DHC-7 Caribou 62-4150 (AMARC code 'CM003'), operated with the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF)
during the Military Assistance Program (MAP - Wikipedia), coded 'YK'. C/n 86. Reg'd as N92NC ??????
Identified by amarcexperience.com
Douglas C-118B Liftmaster, BuNo.131608/608 (c/n 43711, l/n 357).
Built 1953 for the U.S.Air Force as 51-17654. Later transferred to the U.S. Navy as 131608.
Allocated civil registration N830CS, owned by Everts Air Fuel. Everts Air has several airframes languishing here.
Lockheed C-130A 54-1632 (c/n 3019; 'AFRes'), a very early model, without the bulbous radar nose
A rare 'Roman Nose'! The majority of the C-130A models were fitted with the distinctive radar nose, however a few of the very early 'A'-models survived in their original format.
54-1632 was the 21st Herc constructed.
And although her military markings have been painted over, it is still possible to read 'AFRES' on her fin - a testimony for desert preservation for its stored status has little changed for at least some 20 years!
www.airliners.net/photo/625073/L (Michael Baldock) and
Details (units flown with) on www.c-130.net/aircraft-database/C-130/airframe-profile/6293/
Left Douglas C-118 (BuNo.???)/571 and P-2 147959 on the right
Lockheed P-2 Neptune, ex/BuNo.147959 US Navy (VP-94)
Grumman HU-16E Albatross, US Coast Guard 1275 (c/n G-323)
Identified by www.ukserials.com/prodlists
Douglas C-118A ex/ BuNo.131601 (c/n 43705) US Navy; at some point loaned to USAF as C-118A 51-17650.
Later returned to the USN and again later sold on the civil marked as N651CE.
[???Douglas C-118B Liftmasters '131590' & '131601' The C-118B was the U.S.Navy version of the DC-6A,
although these two were both originally built for the US Air Force.
Behind is '131591' c/n 43693. l/n 325 and originally '51-17641'. ??? -- check C-118 +deurtje open]
For reference and comparison:
Western Int'l Yard by Alan Wilson on www.flickr.com
Later I found these airframes across the fence, probably belonging to United Aero (UAC), a neighbour of WIA.
An unmarked P-3 Orion beyond the fence, one of United Aero (UAC), I believe.
Lockheed P-3A Aerostar N921AU 'Tanker 21' (c/n 185-5098), ex/ Aero Union.
You'll find an extensive report of a visit by me to Aero Union (@Chico CA) in 2008, when AU was still in business.
Convair C-131D-CO Samaritan, 54-2814 (c/n 216)
Formerly on civil registry as N8447H. To USAF 15Dec1954. Converted to VC-131D.
To MASDC as 'CS087' Oct 19, 1987 [JoeBaugher.com]
Convair C-131E '72552',( USAF 57-2552, c/n 476). Both 42814 and 72552 were still in SAMCO's yard in Feb.2014
And outside the UAC fence:
Beech RU-8D/G Bonanza, ex/ US Army. AMARC code 'UB090'. On the tailfin I could make out '059', I think. Or '053'.
Found the identity on aerialvisuals.ca: 57-6063! '23Oct79, Transferred to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and
Regeneration Center (AMARC) with inventory number UB090. 08Dec.'83 To Allied Aircraft Sales of Tucson.
To [no date] Specialized Aircraft Maintenance, Davis-Monthan AFB (South Side), Tucson.'
Across the road from UAC is Specialized Aircraft Maintenance (also known as SAMCO's).
This yard is (was?) run by Charles 'Chuck' Wooten who's business is restoring aircraft.
2014 aerial by Alan Wilson: www.flickr.com/photos/ajw1970
(Anno 2019 this lot seems to have been cleared out, see further down)
Grumman HU-16C Albatross, BuNo.131905 (c/n G-278)
Plenty of parts, but not much left of HU-16C BuNo.131905
HU-16C BuNo.131905 US Navy
Grumman HU-16C Albatross, BuNo.137912 US Navy (c/n G-385; N70270) at Specialized Aircraft Maintenance
Also reported as 'w/ Allied Aircraft scrapyard, next to Davis-Monthan air base, Arizona.'
Another look at Grumman HU-16C Albatross, N70270/BuNo.137912; AMARC code IU016?
Grumman BuNo.131917 (c/n G-314) at Specialized Aircraft Maintenance scrapyard, previously referred to as SAMCO's.
While I found G-278, G-314, G-303, G-385 here at SAMCO, I did not see G-353, G-373, G-397 (also reported here)
I could make out the faded lettering on the nose, something like 7223 or 7228... The '3 'on the tail perhaps a clue.
I concluded this is 51-7223 (G-303), indeed reported as 'N712RV - Rob Carlson - Storage Specialized Aircraft, Tucson'
Grumman Model G-64, SA-16B Albatross; redesignated HU-16B in 1962. Airliners.net by Steve Brimley in 2011
This one was the last of the 4 (HU-16) airframes I could photograph, having walked to the back of the yard to find
someone to ask permission to take pictures and meeting a 'not-my-jobs-worth' kinda person. Walking in I had
taken some photos already as on a previous visit (2008) my photography was no problem at all. So well, there...
Reference and comparison:
On www.flickr.com/photos/aktiefbeeld 10 photos taken in 2010 by Theo van Vliet
'Tucson Scrapyards' 59 photos by Nils Mosberg (2009), www.flickr.com/photos/nilsmosberg
'AMARG & surrounding scrapyards': www.flickr.com/groups/
Compare these Google Earth screendumps; the SAM yard has been vacated. What happened to the HU-16s?
More or less how I came to see it upon my 2017 visit, though the 2 Convair C-131s in rh-upper corner
had already moved to the yard across the street.
The business 'beyond the HU-16s' has been cleared out. The C-131s have been moved as I found them near the fence.
Anno 2018 the entire lot of Specialized Aircraft Maintenance, north of the road, has been cleared out.
Two of the HU-16s seem to have been moved to the other side of the road. Identities ??? EMAIL
I think HU-16C BuNo.131905 may have gone to the smelter. Which is the other one missing here?