Aircraft boneyard

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

Aircraft boneyard (or in the United Kingdom, Aircraft graveyard) is a storage area for aircraft that are retired from service. Most aircraft at boneyards are either kept for storage or have their parts removed for reuse or resale and are then scrapped. 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][2] The largest facility of its kind, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, is colloquially known as "The Boneyard".[1]

Notable aircraft boneyards[edit]

Airport City Notes
Abilene Regional Airport United States Abilene, Texas Contains many retired Saab 340 aircraft, primarily from American Eagle Airlines.[3]
Alice Springs Airport Australia Alice Springs, Northern Territory The first large-scale aircraft boneyard outside the United States.[4]
Davis-Monthan AFB United States Tucson, Arizona Home of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, the 2,600-acre site contains nearly 4,400 aircraft.[1]
Kingman Airport United States Kingman, Arizona Leases space to major carriers such as Delta, American and United and operates as an "active storage facility" offering both storage and repair services.[5]
Laurinburg-Maxton Airport United States Maxton, North Carolina Contains various former Northwest Airlines aircraft being stripped for parts by Charlotte Aircraft Corporation
Mojave Air and Space Port United States Mojave, California Home to more than 1,000 commercial airliners.[1]
Manas International Airport Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Soviet era aircraft began to appear after 1991.
Phoenix Goodyear Airport United States Goodyear, Arizona
Pinal Airpark United States Marana, Arizona Home of Jet Yard, LLC and Aircraft Demolition, LLC
RAF Shawbury United Kingdom Shrewsbury, Shropshire From end of World War II to 1972.
Roswell International Air Center United States Roswell, New Mexico Contains the remains of several large passenger and cargo jets
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport Canada Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Contains 23 old Fokker F-28 operated by Canadian Regional Airlines and Air Canada Jazz[6]
Southern California Logistics Airport United States Victorville, California

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Stephen Dowling (18 September 2014). "Secrets of the Desert Aircraft Boneyards". BBC. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  2. ^ John A. Weeks III (2009-07-03). "Field Guide To Aircraft Boneyards". Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Airports, Bases, Airplane Storage & Boneyards near Abilene Texas". Planes of the Past. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Australia gets first plane 'boneyard' outside US". Traveller. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (18 August 2013). "Kingman Airport carries right conditions for storing, repairing planes". ABC. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Photos: Airplane graveyard". 9 August 2013.