Images of mankind’s conquest of air and space which have outlived their purpose.
The human mind’s mood swings will always be a great mystery. At one point in time mankind is preoccupied with the principles of powered flight until the Wright Brothers showed the world how it can be done. Decades after, the advances in aviation as it was initially established took a speedy course that shaped the rest of history earning its purpose in the First World War. Barely four decades after Kitty Hawk, the Second World War ushered mankind to the peak of aviation technology which further determined the balance of power among nations. After the war, the Cold War assumed its own route and with the start of the Jet Age, the world’s great powers were back on the drawing table designing and building aircraft that ensure air superiority for each side (US and Russia). Despite average conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan (and other places I failed to elaborate) the rest of the world managed to enjoy conditional peace the way we are having now. But of course everything could be a matter of a moment’s notice when this peace will be disturbed. The question is where were those elaborate flying war machineries ended up after serving their purpose, or those fleet of aircraft from airlines which have ferried passengers from airport to airport? Let us take a peek at those caches of human engineering gone out of purpose.
309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group (AMARG) is a US Air Force storage and maintenance facility in Tucson, Arizona, USA located in Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and was popularly refered as “The Boneyard”. It stores most of the US military aircraft inventory taken from active service including fighter planes of World War II and the Cold War (wikipedia).
Aerial View of AMARG
Count how many aircraft were there and how much each aircraft cost and you will think what I’d been thinking
Huey helicopters and F-4 Phantoms, the field sprouted rows of aircraft, not plants
Pinal Airpark is an airport at Pinal County, Arizona, USA and serves as “boneyard” for commercial aircraft. It serves the same purpose as AMARG but is specifically intended for civilian commercial aircraft like decommissioned fleet of airlines. Although the majority of the aircraft belonged to Northwest Airlines, several airlines were represented in the facility identified by the airline logos which still adorn most of the aircraft’s vertical stabilizers (wikipedia).
An aerial with majority of widebody airliners, sad to think that these aircraft had flown millions of passengers from airport to airport before eventually making their final landing here
Medium sized airliners and business jets, the ill fated Beechcraft Starship and Beechcraft 1900
Mojave Air and Space Port at Mojave, California, USA also provides residence to decommissioned widebody airliners. Despite of this, the airport was identified as a civilian spaceport by the FAA where the famous civilian space ship “Space Ship One” had undergone flight tests and its historical launch to outer space (wikipedia).
Russian Boneyards were not as varied and wide as in the US but below were a few of the aircraft which made contributions during the Cold War
Dyagilevo, an airbase in Ryazan, Oblast, Russia has a museum and space for storage of these ill fated aircraft
A Tu-95 Bear one of the world’s fastest propeller driven aircraft which played a major role during the Cold War
This Myasishchev VM-T Atlant used to piggyback the Russian space shuttle Buran during the active years of Russian Space Program
A Tu-16 Badger, a high altitude bomber used to carry Soviet cruise missiles during the Cold War
A hoard of aircraft parts and twisted bits of something
Remains of an AN-22 Cock, once one of the world’s largest military aircraft before the C-5 Galaxy came to service, at present it is still the world’s largest turboprop with some in service as cargo aircraft with Antonov Airlines
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