The FamCamp is in Tucson, AZ and is one of the top FamCamps in the entire military campground system. It is very popular and remains full almost all the way through the winter season. Retired military snowbirds and fulltimers (that means us!) take advantage of it.
They have a rotational system. When you arrive you are put into the no hook up dry camp area and go on a waiting list.
Our dry camp site is huge, even though it's gravel, it is very nice. We'll almost be sad to leave it for a FHU site. That should be tomorrow. The FamCamp inventories how many FHU sites will be open every day. Dry campers go on a waiting list and most of those on a list will get the next available site in order of who checked in first. We took a look around at tomorrow's sites and they all look great.
We walked around the campground and Marti enjoyed looking at the plant life. She'd love to take this one along with us.
The interesting thing is the campground is right next to the military aircraft storage facility, nicknamed "The Boneyard".
Yesterday's pictures were of the engine of a A-10 Thunderbolt (aka "Warthog") that was being scrapped. The second picture was of one of the recycling plants that recycles scrapped aircraft into reusable materials.
There are different levels of storage. The first level is of excess aircraft that are in flyable condition like the picture above of the wrapped helicopters. Sometimes when military units are downsized, the equipment goes into storage until it is needed and then put back into operation. Sometimes the aircraft have been upgraded with new models so the older ones are stored to be kept in reserve for reuse or sale to other countries. They are wrapped to protect them from the elements, this base is an excellent place to store aircraft because the it is so dry.
Other aircraft fall into the another level where they are stripped for spare parts to keep the operational aircraft flying.
Then there is the category where the aircraft are so obsolete or seriously damaged they are scrapped for recycling like this old B-52.
We are going to take a tour of "The Boneyard" this weekend, should be some interesting pictures. Stay tuned.
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