Thousands of airliners and military aircraft which have outlived their usefulness or have been replaced by newer models find their way to the deserts of the Southwest in the USA. Imagine if you can for a moment the billions of dollars in aluminum and other metal parts just laying in the blazing sun of the airplane graveyards scattered throughout Arizona.
The Wright Brothers First Flight
Most people probably have no idea how many aircraft have been built since the Wright Brothers first took to the air back in December of 1903.
A Hangar With No Roof
In the United States alone there are a fair number of these airplane boneyards where aircraft that have outlived their time are stored to either be destroyed or scavenged for parts.
Among them are:
- Kingman Airport in Kingman, AZ;
- Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, AZ;
- Pinal Airpark in Marana, AZ;
- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, AZ;
- Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, CA;
- Mojave Air & Space Port, CA;
- Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, NM;
- Abilene Regional Airport in Abilene, TX.
There are also aircraft boneyards located in England and Australia, as well as a number of airports around the world where aircraft are being stripped of parts for reuse or resale.
Pinal Airpark Hangar With No Roof
Pinal Airpark is used mainly to store retired airliners to be scrapped, but some are stored with the hope of keeping them in good enough shape they might be available to be flown again should the need arise.
Davis-Mothan Air Force Base
At the Davis-Mothan hangar with no roof military aircraft no longer being used by the U.S. military are stored until a decision is made as to what to do with these airplanes.
A Video Tour Of Davis-Mothan Graveyard
Located adjacent to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, is the world’s largest non-government funded aerospace museum.
Known as “The Boneyard” Davis-Monthan AFB is perhaps the largest aircraft storage facilities in the world located just outside of Tuscon, AZ.
If you decide to visit the museum and take a tour of the boneyard be sure and wear a really good pair of aviator sunglasses with excellent visual acuity and uv protection because you will need them!
A T-33 Watched Over By A B-47
Learn More About Aircraft Boneyards
If you are interested in these places with a hangar with no roof then I encourage you to read more about these retired aircraft storage facilities of the Southwest United States in the book Desert Boneyards by Adel Kramer.
In the meantime keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
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