If you have ever flown over Southern Arizona you may have looked out of the window of your aircraft and seen the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan AFB. The base is home to more than 4,200 aircraft put into mothballs, or just parked, by the military. In the boneyard you will find everything from C-141 Starlifters to "Jolly Green Giant" helicopters, and everything in between.
With the price of aluminum going sky-high the Air Force has decided it's time to auction off some of these aircraft to make room for more. So it has decided to auction of 2,000 aircraft weighing about 27,000,000 pounds!
The problem is if you buy one you have to agree to shred it into pieces no larger than 4"! The aircraft have lots of copper, aluminum, steel and magnesium. However, all of the military equipment and hazardous materials have been removed from the aircraft before auctioning them off.
The auction firm gets 20% of the proceeds while the government gets 80%, so the auction will result in some small amount of income to the Federal Government. Just think - multi-million dollar aircraft and missiles dumped onto the market for pennies on the dollar!
It's your government at work!
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!