Aircraft boneyard

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Boeing B-52s in storage or awaiting dismantlement in Arizona

Aircraft boneyard (or in the United States, Aircraft graveyard) is a storage area for aircraft that are retired from service. Most aircraft at boneyards are either kept for storage or turned into scrap metal. Deserts, such as those in the Southwestern United States, are good locations for boneyards since the dry conditions reduce corrosion and the hard ground does not need to be paved.[1] The largest facility of its kind, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, is colloquially known as "The Boneyard".

Notable aircraft boneyards[edit]

Abilene Regional AirportUnited States Abilene, TexasContains many retired Saab 340 aircraft, primarily from American Eagle Airlines
Alice Springs AirportAustralia Alice Springs, Northern TerritoryThe first large-scale aircraft boneyard outside the United States
Davis-Monthan AFBUnited States Tucson, ArizonaHome of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, contains mostly military aircraft
Kingman AirportUnited States Kingman, Arizona
Laurinburg-Maxton AirportUnited States Maxton, North CarolinaContains various former Northwest Airlines aircraft being stripped for parts by Charlotte Aircraft Corporation
Mojave Air & Space PortUnited States Mojave, California
Manas International AirportKyrgyzstan Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Phoenix Goodyear AirportUnited States Goodyear, Arizona
Pinal AirparkUnited States Marana, Arizona
RAF ShawburyUnited Kingdom Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Roswell International Air CenterUnited States Roswell, New MexicoContains the remains of several large passenger and cargo jets
Southern California Logistics AirportUnited States Victorville, California

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  1. ^ John A. Weeks III (2009-07-03). "Field Guide To Aircraft Boneyards". Retrieved 2014-11-06.