Home » Just for Fun

Airplane Boneyards

Submitted by on October 30, 2009 – 6:45 pmNo Comment

aircraft-boneyard-1An airplane boneyard is a term used for storage areas where airplanes that are retired from service are kept. Airplanes that are stored in a boneyard can someday return to service or they are stripped of useful parts while everything else is turned into scrap metal. Most airplane boneyards are found in deserts which are good locations due to the dry conditions that reduce corrosion. Before an out-of-service airplane is parked in a boneyard, it is stripped of all electronics and wiring which are recycled and used as replacement parts for planes that are still in service or they are sold to other countries. Reconditioning older planes is usually cheaper than buying new ones. If an airplane is called back into active service, the plane is reconditioned and tested. The reconditioning process includes new avionics, electronics and painting. Two popular airplane boneyards in the U.S. are Mojave Airport in California and AMARC (US Air Force Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center) which is located on the grounds of Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.

aircraft-boneyardaircraft-boneyard-2aircraft-boneyard-3

IMAGES VIA: getdown, Divwerf and Jordan on flickr

No Comment »

  • Dave and Deb says:

    We saw a crazy airplane graveyard in the Sudan. We just pulled off of the highway in the middle of the desert and walked up to these old abandoned war planes. Pretty crazy.

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.