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Remember that old Navy PB2Y or Air Force C47 you rode in a generation or more ago? Were you a member of a B25 crew that helped win World War II? Did you ride a Huey in ‘Nam? Did you ever see the inside of President Kennedy’s Air Force One?

If military aviation is in your past or you're just a fan, plan to spend a day at AMARG in Tucson. That’s the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, and it occupies extra dry Arizona desert acres next to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. It's also close to the Tucson International Airport, just 15 minutes from downtown. In what is nicknamed The Boneyard are more than 300 American and other national military aircraft that once ruled the 20th Century skies over the world. The Air Force calls it 309 AMARG, The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. It's basically the Pentagon's 2,600-acre parking lot for retired military aircraft.

The adjoining Pima Air & Space Museum offers tours of the Boneyard and, for adventurers and photographers, there are flyover tickets for sale. amarcExperience.com. For admission fees and other info, go to www.pimaair.org

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