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Old 05-13-2011, 10:02 PM   #1
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A few pics from last weekend. I have close to 500 pics so I'm just picking out a few. Sorry about the quality. Many of the pics were taken at 30 mph as we drove to and from out exercise site. We weren't allowed to stop or deviate from the road.
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:15 PM   #2
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One of the few F-14's I found there. Out of the thousands of planes I saw, I counted less than 15 Tomcats. Pretty sad. Congress wasn't joking when they decided the majority of them should be scrapped. I love the KC-135A with the plywood cargo door. Spotted a Luftwaffe Tornado. I wonder if it's destined for a museum or a plane lost at Red Flag maybe?
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Davis Monthan AFB is fascinating place to visit.
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Davis Monthan AFB is fascinating place to visit.
That it is. Davis Montham and Pima should be 'must see' places for all aviation enthusiasts.

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...I have close to 500 pics ....
Only 500? I think you weren't trying hard enough. Real nice pics BTW.
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The challenge with the photography at DM is taking pictures from the tour bus. Sometimes your on the wrong side of the bus. Sometimes the bus is moving when you want it to stop. I know I had a few hundred photos because I just kept clicking away.
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The challenge with the photography at DM is taking pictures from the tour bus. Sometimes your on the wrong side of the bus. Sometimes the bus is moving when you want it to stop. I know I had a few hundred photos because I just kept clicking away.
Exactly. The roads aren't what I would call smooth either.
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You've got guts going out there in the month of May
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That place is awesome. I had a great time at the Pima County Air Museum on Labor Day weekend in 2008. It was the only four day weekend where I enjoyed the priveledge of a pass when I was in AIT at Ft. Huachuca. It was a good time, though. The boneyards at Monthan made me sad.

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They were gone bye the time I left. 3 days straight in the sun without shade dehydrated them. Here's a few pics of what we were doing. I didn't get that many of our exercise because the crusty old Chief who was in charge said if he catches us taking pics while everyone else is doing work he's going to kill us. So I wasn't able to get any pics of us picking the F-15 up with a crane and placing it on a flatbed truck. I was however able to get pics of the others because we were able to take water breaks during them. The pics are of a 707 with a simulated collapsed nose gear being placed on a flatbed truck to be towed away. Another is a 707 with collapsed gear that is lifted by airbags. Last, we towed a C-141 that was stuck in the mud.
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What are they going to do with those 707s' and how many of the TWA 707s' are left at DM?
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Those particular 707's are used for the crash recovery classes and are sitting in an area seperated from all the other planes. As far as the TWA 707's I'd say there were between 5 and 10 of them and for the 707 family as a whole there was around 30 of them.
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Those particular 707's are used for the crash recovery classes and are sitting in an area seperated from all the other planes. As far as the TWA 707's I'd say there were between 5 and 10 of them and for the 707 family as a whole there was around 30 of them.
My understanding was the 707's are spare parts for the KC-135's.
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My understanding was the 707's are spare parts for the KC-135's.
They robbed them of all their engines and engine pylons to create the E model KC-135 which has the TF-33 engines. At one time the USAF had bought around 250 707's to create the E model. Just about everything else on a KC-135 and a 707 are different from the landing gear, flight controls, hydraulics and so on. It wasn't that long before the USAF learned that the TF-33 didn't get the job done and then upgraded the rest of the A models to R models with CFM-56 engines or F-108's in USAF lingo. Here's a few more 707 pics
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Very true, and the tour guide gets a little edgy when you try to stand up to get a better view (and take a better photo) while the bus is moving.
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Just curious, but have you found a lot of snakes nesting in the landing gear or landing gear bays?
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I like the photos the quality isn't that bad..sorry for the lack of knowledge where is this base located? Please post a few more photos.
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Just curious, but have you found a lot of snakes nesting in the landing gear or landing gear bays?
Didn't see any, however a large owl lives in the cargo bay of one of the 707s. It would take off every morning. Some coyotes were out there too, but they were way off in the distance.

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I like the photos the quality isn't that bad..sorry for the lack of knowledge where is this base located? Please post a few more photos.
Tucson, Arizona. Do a google earth search on Davis Monthan AFB and you will get a good view of how massive this place is.
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Didn't see any, however a large owl lives in the cargo bay of one of the 707s. It would take off every morning. Some coyotes were out there too, but they were way off in the distance.
Once I talked to a guy who use to work out at Davis-Monthan scraping airplanes. One day he was out working on something and another crew began towing a B-52 for parting. While this guy was talking to another fellow, he looked over toward the B-52 and notice what looked like rope pouring out of the forward wheel-well of the aircraft. The gentleman asked why all that rope was in the wheel-well. The other guy responded that that was not rope but were several snakes who took up their nests inside the wheel-well.

Needless to say that no one went over to that particular area for a long time.
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A fascinating set of photos. Sad in one sense knowing some of the aircraft will never fly again.
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