Joe & Emily travel blog

Entrance to aircraft storage/graveyard

Mothballed bombers & tankers

Helicopters in graveyard/junkyard

Air & Space Museum Entrance

Museum Visitors

Old TWA Constellation

Kennedy Aircraft

Coast Guard Plane


C-124 Globemaster (and former parachutist)

Saguaro National Park Entrance


Another Saguaro

Saguaro Group

Young Saguaro with seedpods

We arrived at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson about 3 PM on Christmas Day after a 325-mile drive from El Paso. Since there were no RV sites available, we had to "dry camp" overnight. Having no electricity was a first for us. Fortunately, we were able to fill our water tank, and our batteries supplied power for some of our lights, our furnace, and our water pump. The next morning, we got a good site with full hookups, and have been pretty comfortable once again. There has been a steady flow of RVs into and out of the park, where the maximum stay allowed is 21 days. The temps here have been 75-80 and the skies have been clear and sunny. It's easy to understand why the area is so popular during the winter. Tucson's traffic flows pretty well for a city of 700,000 and there are plenty of bookstores, restaurants, malls, and other places to visit. Saguaro cacti and old aircraft (including a U-2 spy plane and B-52 bomber) are scattered across the base. Within a half mile of the RV park is a very large restricted area (see photos) where more than 5,000 mothballed, excess aircraft are parked. Some of them appear to be from the WW II era, while others (e.g., F-16 fighters) are of fairly recent vintage. Just outside the south side of the base is the Air and Space Museum, which houses hundreds of different aircraft, including some Russian Migs and the plane that President Kennedy used. There was also a huge old plane that was similar to a plane that Joe once parachuted from in Germany sometime in 1964. (See photos.) Less than 15 miles to the east of the base, is the Saguaro National Park, home to most of the nation's saguaro cacti. The saguaro is known as a plant with a personality and we were really taken in by them. They don't grow arms until they reach 75-100 years of age and they may live to 200. They really are magnificent plants and the 9-mile drive through the park seemed as unique and wonderful as our drive through the White Sands National Monument. We plan to be here until January 5, when we depart for a 5-day stay in Phoenix. Thanks for stopping by and we hope you have a Happy New Year!

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