High Winds Damage Aircraft at Tucson Boneyard

  • Jul 16, 2014 4:14am GMT

Recovery and repair efforts are underway at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona, after winds exceeding 65 mph swept through the area over the weekend.

Crews say that strong winds and heavy rain caused damage to multiple buildings on the installment, including base housing.

Davis-Monthan AFB is home to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the "boneyard," where hundreds of planes are kept in storage.

Incredibly, the heavy winds blew an F-16 in type 1000 storage, which includes an engine removal, over onto another F-16.

The tie-downs holding the plane to the desert floor snapped during the gusting winds.

No cost assessment of the damage to the base or to the 309th AMARG has been made as of this time.