Located in Tucson, Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is an essential part of Air Combat Command. This air force base is well known as the sole resting place for excess aircraft belonging to the United States Military and government. The dry climate, relatively constant temperatures, alkaline soil, and low humidity make the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base an ideal place for preserving grounded aircraft. This retains the possibility of reusing grounded aircraft, or mining them for parts.
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base History
The Davis-Monthan Landing Field was founded in 1925. It is named after two World War I flying aces from Tucson, Arizona: Lieutenant Samuel H. Davis and Lieutenant Oscar Monthan. From 1927 to 1941, the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was used as the Tucson Municipal Airport, but during World War II its name and function were reverted to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
Since its founding, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has played a very important role in many of the United States’ military engagements and in peacetime activities. After World War II, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was used to house German prisoners of war until 1946. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is also home to the Titan Missile Museum, housing the only Titan II Missile site in existence. Directly adjacent to Davis–Monthan Air Force Base is the Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the world’s largest privately-funded museums of its kind.
What’s at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is home to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. This base is also nicknamed “The Boneyard” or the “Graveyard of Planes.” This is due to the fact that it houses the world’s largest site for storing and preserving aircraft. These facilities are a local tourist attraction, and visitors have access to the site through daily bus tours. If you come to southern Arizona, stop by the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for a tour.
- Temporary Lodging: The Inn on Davis-Monthan
- Barracks and Single Service Member Housing: On-base single member housing
- Privatized Family Housing: Privatized housing is available through Actus Lend-Lease/Soaring Heights.
- Medical Services: The 355 Medical Group.
- Fitness and Sports: The Davis-Monthan AFB Fitness and Sports Center
- Commissary: Davis-Monthan AFB Commissary
- Exchange: Davis-Monthan Exchange
Services for Dependent Children
- School Age Programs: The School Age Program offers a wide range of youth services, from summer camps to sports and fitness programs.
- Child Care: The Child Development Center provides for children from six weeks to 5 years.
- Schools: Children attend civilian schools in the Tuscon Unified School District. The School Liaison Office has complete information regarding schools and programs, including special-needs resources.
Fun Facts About Tucson
- Tucson is the sunniest city in the U.S., with 350 days of sunshine each year.
- The city has more species of birds than anywhere outside the Amazon Rainforest.
- Tucson has the third cleanest air of any other U.S. city, according to the American Lung Association.
- The word Tucson was originally Ts-iuk-shan, the name given to Sentinel Peak by the O’odham Tribe. It denotes its darker base than the rest of the mountain.
Educational Opportunities for Air Force Spouses
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