As pilots we are all familiar with the hangar, but today we are going to look at a hangar with no roof. Thousands of airliners and military aircraft which have outlived their usefulness or have been replaced by newer models find their way to the deserts of the Southwest in the USA.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 FlightMost 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 RoofIn 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.