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(Formerly Dross Metals - DMI)

All photos Neil Aird © 15/17 April 2009

I'll add the photographs I took on my yard visit that year soon - also a list when I cobble it together. First page update 26 August 2010 - latest added 24-26 January 2015.
Hope these images will help fellow explorers - see also Dave Anderson's http://www.dtvmovements.co.uk/Info/AMARC/DMI.htm
Note: This yard is in a constant state of flux with airframes coming and going. However some are long time "residents". Let's go for a stroll - or a scroll (if you are looking at this on the Internet). Happiness for me, is being alone in a "Boneyard", with retired / stored airframes. What tales they could tell.
56: 12412 VC-117D (9234 to R4D-8Z 43399) Norfolk (ex Johnsville); 59: "N96"/17160 (12516 to R4D-8 43331) VT-29; 61:
24: 17194 / N107BF VC-117D (13005 to R4D-8Z 43352) North Island; 25: 17127 C-117D (12263 to R4D-8 43336) Pensacola; 26: 12425 / N106BF C-117D (9482 to R4D-8Z 43396) Lakehurst.
24: 17194 / N107BF VC-117D (13005 to R4D-8Z 43352) ex North Island.
25:
23: 45-0894 0-50894 C-47D (16897 / 34154) USAF SAC.
41: 12428 C-117D (9485 R4D-8 43370) D-201 VT-29 ex Corpus Christi. It has been here since 17 June 1982!
56: 39071 C-117D (10021 R4D-8 43326) ex Bermuda "N98".
56: 39071 C-117D (10021 R4D-8 43326) ex Bermuda "N98 / N5584N"; 57: 12412 C-117D (9234 R-4D-8 43399) ex Norfolk.
59: 17160 TC-117D (12516 to R4D-8 43331) ex Lakehurst VT-29 "N96"; 60: 50808 C-117D (15423 / 26688 R4D-8 43394) ex El Toro "N94".
61: 17287 C-117D (14507 / 25952 R4D-8 43372) ex Cherry Point "N92"; 64: 17097 C-117D (11838 R4D-8 43371) CZ-097 H&MS-27 "N90"; 67: 50784 C-117D (26413 R4D-8 43380) ex Quonset Point.
Titles to follow when researched.
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36: 147754 McDonnell Douglas A-4L Skyhawk US Navy JE/03 VC-2sq. "3A504"
37: 149595 McDonnell Douglas A-4C Skyhawk US Navy ND/314 VA-303sq "3A304"
38: 149550 McDonnell Douglas A-4C Skyhawk US Navy ND/313 VA-303sq. "3A403"
72: 147671 McDonnell Douglas A-4L Skyhawk US Marines MB/11 VMA-142sq "3A474"
All photos: Neil Aird © 15/17 April 2009
N990AC Convair 990 Coronado (05) nose only, ex General Dynamics and earlier OB-R-768 of APSA.
8: 56-0485 Lockheed C-130A Hercules USAF ANG (182-3093).
10: 131890 / N1359Y Grumman HU-16C Albatross (223) US Navy ex Brunswick. 84: 131914 Grumman UF-1 Albatross (305) US Navy. 9: 141261 / N13598 Grumman HU-16D Albatross (408 / 29D) US Navy ex Kodiak.
83: 131664 Fairchild C-119F Flying Boxcar US Marines MV/664 "4C018" pod only, to the left of top rear fuselage shell of N200AU Boeing 737-201 (19418) amongst the detritus.
39: 152168 Lockheed P-3A Orion () USN PJ/2 "AN2P0034"
51: and 52: Grumman OV-1 Mohawk () US Army.
43: 54-0137 Douglas C-133 Cargomaster (44707) USAF (N2251X) • I previously logged this USAF MATS airframe 31 July 1964 at Prestwick.
74 / 78: 51-6087 North American F-86L Sabre Dog USAF with 51-6112; 53-1049; 53-4040; ?; plus the F-86H Sabre below.
79: 53-1410 North American F-86H Sabre USAF.
This was the North American F-86H Sabre situation on my 20 April 1998 visit. Many more McDonnell Douglas A-4L Skyhawk also present at that time!
71:60-0103 Cessna T-57 Tweet () USAF "Willie"
80: 57-0311 McDonnell Douglas F-101 Voodoo () USAF
29: 152728 Lockheed P-3 Orion () USN "AN2P0185"
30: Lockheed C-130 Hercules USAF 29: 152728 Lockheed P-3 Orion () USN
21: 160726 A-7 Corsair II 19: 4X-AVE Vickers Viscount () ex ARKIA 19a: Boeing 727 18: 64-0553 Lockheed C-130 Hercules USAF 403rd AW 18a: Boeing 727 ex Evergreen.
Some images taken on a crowded Tucson International ramp, on 10 April 1998 of XA-PII "La Paz" of AEROPACIFICO (ex 53-3816) and a distant engine less 4X-AVE
22: XA-PII Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (17149) - 21: 19: 18: see above - 18b: Boeing 747 ex TWA 17: V2-LEM Lockheed 1011 16: 137970 Lockheed T-33B
Awaiting their turn in the smelter, two US Army Grumman OV-1 Mohawk aircraft.
Here are a few images from my 20 April 1998 visit around the fence line. (Scanned from prints).
I took careful note of the sign - the yard was closed anyway.
The southwest corner with 53-0361 Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter, 141005 Convair R4Y Samaritan, 12428 C-117D (9485 R4D-8 43370) D-201 VT-29 ex Corpus Christi, and a rather sad helicopter.
148316 147671
Scooters through the fence.