Air Plane Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to be ‘Liquidated’

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ The boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is about to come to life.

    The base is preparing to sell a lot of scrap metal from old planes, about 27 million pounds worth.

    Government Liquidation, a Scottsdale-based private firm that contracts with the Department of Defense, will begin selling pieces of old airplanes stored at the base at the end of the month.

    The auction, billed as one of the largest of its kind, features scrap aluminum, steel, magnesium, titanium and rubber that came from aircraft stored at D-M’s Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, commonly called the “boneyard,” according to a company news release.

    The aircraft include Navy A-4 Skyhawk attack jets and Air Force C-141 Starlifter cargo planes.

    They have already been stripped down and handed over to Government Liquidation, said Terry Vanden-Heuvel, a spokesman for D-M’s storage yard.

    “D-M crews strip the aircraft of all their military components and drain any fluids or other hazardous materials,” Vanden-Heuvel said.

    Besides the Vietnam-era Skyhawk, and the Starlifter jet cargo aircraft, the auction also includes scrap from Navy S-3 Viking multirole attack jets, T-34 trainer planes and HH-3 Jolly Green Giant transport helicopters.

    Government Liquidation holds the exclusive contract with the Defense Department to sell military surplus and scrap metal. It returns 77 percent of the net sales from the auctions, the news release said.

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