Rows of Navy TF-9J's at MASDC in the early 1970's.

The Beginning -

In April 1946 the 4105th Army Air Force Unit was established at Davis-Monthan Air Force base, Tucson, Arizona. The primary responsibility was to provide a storage location for the large number of aircraft no longer required by the Army Air Force following the end of the Second World War.

In 1947 the United States Air Force was created as a seperate service, this prompted a re-organisation and name change. The support of active flying units was also added to the centre's responsibilities.

1948 saw the unit change its name to the 3040th Aircraft Storage Depot. In the coming years the unit will see many name changes but it's basic mission will remain the same.

The 1950s -

The centre supported the US in the Korean conflict by providing aircraft and aircraft spares, when the hostilities ceased storage was once again provided for the surplus aircraft.

The 1960s -

In February 1965, the centre was renamed the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC). It widened its role to being the storage facility for surplus aircraft from all US armed services.

The mid 1960s also saw an escalation of the Vietnam conflict, and the center was again tasked with providing aircraft and parts. As this conflict started winding down, vast quantities of aircraft were once more funneled into MASDC for storage and reclamation.

The 1970s -

At the end of 1973 the total number of aircraft present at MASDC reached 6,080, the all-time highest number.

The 1980s -

In 1981 MASDC once again widened its role by taking on the responsbility of preserving TITAN II, THOR and ATLAS missiles used by the Space Division for its satellite launches. A new storage facility was added at Norton Air Force Base in California, specifically for this purpose. The centre's name was changed in October 1985 to the Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Centre (AMARC) to underscore the dynamic aspect of its mission and the fact that it is an active industrial complex that primarily promotes the regeneration of aerospace assets.

The Present -

AMARC's mission is to store and maintain aircraft, and other aerospace vehicles, withdraw aircraft from storage, reclaim parts, and to prepare aircraft for disposal after they are no longer needed and when all required parts have been removed. The centre also stores a variety of aerospace-related items such as production tooling, pylons, engines, etc.

During wartime or contingencies, AMARC is often tasked to withdraw airframes and components. Some aircraft depart by overland (rail or truck) or air shipment, while others fly out of AMARC.

(05 May 2000)