The Great Aviation Graveyard: New Aerial Images Show Hundreds of Planes Left To Die Across the American Deserts

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Eerie photos have emerged of hundreds of retired aircraft parked in rows and set formations in aviation graveyards across America.

The ‘boneyards’ in Arizona, California and New Mexico are home to hundreds of retired commercial and military aircraft that are stored in the dry desert conditions to prevent them from going rusty.

Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed and Airbus store planes at these bases, with the hope the planes will fly again. However many are eventually scrapped or used for spare parts.

There are 11 major bases across the U.S. that are used to store retired planes, yet these images are taken from largest and most densely populated bases.

These are the Pinal Airpark in Marana and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, California’s Southern Logistics Airport in Victorville and the Mojave Air & Space Port, and the Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, New Mexico.

The Pinal Airpark is a public-use airport in Pinal County, Arizona, around seven miles from the central business district of Marana.

The Airpark is mainly used as a ‘boneyard’ for commercial planes, and old airplanes are stored there with the hope that the desert climate will stop them from rusting.

Pinal Airpark covers an area of 2,080 acres and has single runway measuring 6,849 by 150 feet.

The Airpark is used as a parachute testing and training facility and in March Navy SEAL SCPO Brett Shadle was killed during parachute training at the facility, and another SEAL was injured.

At the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base there are more than $35billion (£22billion) worth of outdated planes kept as spare parts for current models.

The base was named after Lieutenants Samuel H. Davis and Oscar Monthan who died in military aircraft accidents during the First World War.

The planes in AMARG are used to replace more than 350,000 spare parts for active planes including engines, munitions, wiring and electronics.

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