This plane was used by NASA to help spot the Space X capsule returning from the International Space Station last fall and again just a few days ago.
AMARG also helped write history not by putting the craft back in the air, but by making sure they can’t fly.
“Years ago, AMARG was a disposal facility for BGM 109 Griffin, a ground-launched cruise missile, and that was after President Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the treaty and eliminated this whole class of weapons,” Barnard said.
The missiles are gone, but Barnard says helping the United States comply with arms reduction treaties is an ongoing job at AMARG.
“We are also currently a heavy bomber stockpile on conversion and disposal under the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and this was 2011. Due to COVID we did not have the visit Russian inspectors, but it’s something they’re going to restart, pun intended, I guess, when COVID makes it a safe environment to do it,” Barnard said.
The regeneration part of the AMARG name and mission not only puts the aircraft back into active service, but also into a training role.
Workers at the facility have spent years turning retired F-100s, F-102s, F-106s and F-4s into drones used for training. This program now uses the first F-16s.