Titan II Parts Lying In The Desert - Update

Last year we posted a Google Earth image of Davis Monthan Air Force Base and the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC, A-mark) or "boneyard" where unused military aircraft are stored, restored and/or decommissioned. in Arizona you can see a bunch of Titan II ICBMs lying out in the sun. A newer image has been posted - and it looks like all the Titan IIs have been moved and/or cut up for scrap.

Earlier images below

16 March 2010: If you look closely at this Google Earth image of Davis Monthan Air Force Base and the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC, A-mark) or "boneyard" where unused military aircraft are stored, restored and/or decommissioned. in Arizona you can see a bunch of Titan II ICBMs lying out in the sun.

Note from Gary Hudson: "I saw your blog post about the Titan IIs at Davis-Monthan AFB in AZ. As far as I know, they now have all been scrapped. The image attached is from bing.com (maps) but I don't know how current it is. Note that at least half the birds are gone and all the engine have been removed. See also: http://www.siloworld.com/ICBM/TITAN/T2/MISSILE/missile.htm

This is a great shame and waste for the nation and the taxpayers. HMX proposed (back in 2000-2001 for the NASA AltAccess program) to use these for ISS resupply. Think of it as an early "COTS" program. We could have flown the first cargo mission in 2003, right after Columbia, for about $150M, according to our Nov. 2000 proposal.

The Goggle image you posted is a bit older than the Bing one I sent you. Note the blue transporters in the right center of the Goggle image? They are also seen in the slant aerial image I sent. But all the birds south of the transporters have been crushed and melted. That's the open area with the "shadows" of discolored desert sand where the missiles once rested. I count 16-17 destroyed in this photo. I think all the rest are now gone, too, but am not certain."

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