The Boneyard: Where Military Aircraft Go to Die


AMARC, photo via Artificial Owl

Our pal WebEcoist has a very neat post about the graveyards of "stuff" after they're no longer wanted. This one above is the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center or AMARC ("The Boneyard") in Tucson, Arizona, where military airplanes go to die:

When U.S. military airplanes need to be repaired or are just too old to fly, many of them end up in the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, or AMARC, in Tucson, Arizona. Some of these planes are restored to operational status while others are broken down for parts. Seen from above, the planes make beautiful patterns in blue and white against the earthy brown backdrop.

Link | The AMARC Experience website

Previously on Neatorama: Shipbreaking Yard: Where Ships Go to Die


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doj,
Airplanes can't fly forever. They get old, the metal starts to fatigue, the planes become too costly to maintain. Probably very near this air force base is a boneyard for commercial aircraft, where 747s, DC-10s, et al. are parked by airlines for many of the same reasons.
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Wasn't mentioned in the article, but the planes were put out all chopped up like that as part of a Cold War era disarmament treaty. Each side would chop up bombers that were to be destroyed under the treaty and then leave the pieces out for several months so that the other side could confirm their destruction with spy satellites.
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DOJ:- Many of the planes are eventually recycled. The Wikipedia article explains the four categories...

Keep for future.
Strip for Spares
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Just Passing.
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