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The World's Most Bizarre Aircraft Graveyards (many photographs)
io9 ^ | June 5, 2013 | Vincze Miklůs

Posted on 06/11/2013 8:49:40 AM PDT by EveningStar

Where do aircraft go to rust away after death? Often, their final resting places are more emotionally evocative than human cemeteries.

(Excerpt) Read more at io9.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aircraft; aircraftgraveyards; aviation; photography

1 posted on 06/11/2013 8:49:41 AM PDT by EveningStar
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2 posted on 06/11/2013 8:50:10 AM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar

The only intact Lunar Excursion Module is from Apollo 13. Somewhere orbiting the Sun.


3 posted on 06/11/2013 8:51:55 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: EveningStar

And to think that everyone of those airplanes flew in to get to the graveyard.


4 posted on 06/11/2013 8:59:03 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: EveningStar

That’s a pretty cool site. They have a bunch of photos of ships, subs, etc. Some of the ships are shown in the desert of what was a former sea port city with lots of rusting ships, abandoned since the 1980s due to the recession of the Aral Sea, which is now at least 95 miles (150 km) away from the former harbor.


5 posted on 06/11/2013 9:04:22 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Portcall24

Just guessin’ but, the fishin’ probably sucks.


6 posted on 06/11/2013 9:07:47 AM PDT by rktman
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To: EveningStar

What would compel someone to simply abandon a multi-million dollar aircraft? Surely they can be repaired or refurbished or parted out, something more useful than simply sitting in the desert falling to pieces.


7 posted on 06/11/2013 9:11:32 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: IronJack
"What would compel someone to simply abandon a multi-million dollar aircraft?"

How about the old adage "cut your losses"?

It may be more profitable to write off the asset to depreciation than spend the bucks to maintain or retrofit. It is always about the money. Still sad to see these once great machines decaying.

8 posted on 06/11/2013 9:37:35 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: rktman

My thought was to send Gore and the other global warming idiots there to measure how fast the ocean is rising.


9 posted on 06/11/2013 9:40:24 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: EveningStar

I assume some are kept for parts for like planes still in service, but wondering why they don’t recycle the metal in the rest?


10 posted on 06/11/2013 9:43:44 AM PDT by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: EveningStar; SkyDancer
Thanks... Lots of fun to look at on the website.

Love the annotations that go with the first picture... "And don't call me Shirley."

11 posted on 06/11/2013 9:46:45 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Portcall24

Sounds like a swell idea. Make sure they take their sun screen and light weight clothes since it’s so warm there now. Balmy days with light southern breezes lounging under palm trees sipping mai-tais. Ah, the good life.


12 posted on 06/11/2013 9:47:18 AM PDT by rktman
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To: rktman

LOL! Wrong topic.


13 posted on 06/11/2013 9:47:59 AM PDT by rktman
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To: IronJack

I visited Victorville and walked around two years ago and have driving around the boneyard at DM in Tucson unsupervised a number of years ago. There’s a very established procedure where the oldest are always being scraped for unique but servicable part and the rest smelted into aluminum ingots. As new airplanes come off the assembly line the older ones still in service are considered for “mothballs”. The plan is that if a crisis ever comes many of the military craft can be returned to service after some level of refurbishment. Of course based upon the current political environment there would be few pilots properly trained to fly them. Especially since some bases have all of their fighters parked and pilots out doing community service.


14 posted on 06/11/2013 9:49:33 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: massgopguy

Both stages of Aquarius reentered the atmosphere on 17 April 1970 over Fiji and burned up.


15 posted on 06/11/2013 9:57:35 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: rktman

I often wonder how that happens.


16 posted on 06/11/2013 9:59:39 AM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: EveningStar

Can’t the metal, aluminum be melted down, recycled and reused for something? Razor blades, even?


17 posted on 06/11/2013 10:11:16 AM PDT by ro_dreaming (Chesterton, 'Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and not tried')
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To: IronJack

“What would compel someone to simply abandon a multi-million dollar aircraft? Surely they can be repaired or refurbished or parted out, something more useful than simply sitting in the desert falling to pieces.”

Many aircraft at DMAFB in Tucson are stored in a way that they could be ready to fly in 72 hours. They do part some of them out if needed but most are just waiting.


18 posted on 06/11/2013 11:36:09 AM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: ro_dreaming
Can’t the metal, aluminum be melted down, recycled and reused for something? Razor blades, even?

Yes to recycled and reused, no to razor blades. Aluminum is too soft and will not hold an edge.

Regards,
GtG

PS You're not an engineer are you? Just a guess...

19 posted on 06/11/2013 12:03:58 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: EveningStar

Thanks for this. I’ve been to some of these boneyards and it always saddens me.


20 posted on 06/11/2013 12:26:53 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

The razor blades thing was sarcasm. As in when they decommission navy vessels, they turn it into razor blades.


21 posted on 06/11/2013 12:32:59 PM PDT by ro_dreaming (Chesterton, 'Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and not tried')
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To: Azeem

I assume they must be guarded?
Otherwise the illegals would be stealing the aluminum and copper at a ferocious clip.


22 posted on 06/11/2013 12:37:54 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

When I was stationed there in the mid 90s, there were guards, sensors, and razor wire fences. If the engines are still on the plane, they are sealed up like the doors and windows. It will take a lot of effort to steal anything out there and not get caught.


23 posted on 06/11/2013 1:11:03 PM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: EveningStar

I was at DM 3-1/2 years ago. It saddened me to see them turn F-4 Phantoms into drones to be shot down, but it is better going down in flames then to slowly rot. My Dad worked on the F-4H on to the end here at ST. Louis.
F-4 Phantom II worlds largest distributor of MIG parts.


24 posted on 06/11/2013 1:28:43 PM PDT by MCF
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To: EveningStar
Scrapping an airplane--especially a military airplane or a commercial airliner--is NOT like scrapping an automobile. They often salvage every servicable part possible and then carefully recycle every part--especially parts containing titanium and aerospace-quality composites. Also, for military aircraft, the planes have to be distinctly visible from satellite images as each one is scrapped in order to fulfill arms control treaty requirements.
25 posted on 06/11/2013 1:33:18 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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bump


26 posted on 06/11/2013 1:33:24 PM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: IronJack

when a metal is cast, and rolled into a structural shape, the thickness of the material and the stress placed upon it, create fatigue..

when a structural shape has been around long enough, and exposed to enough stress, it becomes basically useless..

if you start to replace certain structural shapes, then you also have to analize the shapes it attaches to...

then they have to be replaced..

cheaper to build a new machine at that point..

but, the metal can be melted down and rolled into new shapes with brand new stress levels..


27 posted on 06/11/2013 3:21:03 PM PDT by joe fonebone (The clueless... they walk among us, and they vote...)
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To: IronJack

That’s part of the reason they’re there. Low moisture, no rust. They can be used for parts, and a significant percentage of AMARC are flyable with relatively little work, used to be labeled the 3rd largest air force in the world. We call them graveyards, but they’re really long term storage. It’s even hidden in the name on some of them: Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Center. Nothing graveyard in that.


28 posted on 06/11/2013 3:28:31 PM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: EveningStar

Didn’t we learn anything from Pearl Harbor about how to park planes?


29 posted on 06/11/2013 3:28:39 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: IronJack; ExTexasRedhead
"...What would compel someone to simply abandon a multi-million dollar aircraft? Surely they can be repaired or refurbished or parted out, something more useful than simply sitting in the desert falling to pieces..."

Air-Hours and metal fatigue, pal. Don't worry, they get +30,000 hrs out of most Commercials - not so much for Militarys. I've been to Davis-Montham and it's HUGE, and informative, but I dig it 'cause I'm a pilot.

Hey Red, check it out! .......................................................................................................... FRegards

30 posted on 06/11/2013 8:05:28 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: IamConservative
I assume some are kept for parts for like planes still in service, but wondering why they don’t recycle the metal in the rest?

They do, electronics and other expensive parts are stripped out. Then the wings and fuselage are chopped using a large steel wedge off of a crane or excavator. All of the parts are sorted and inspected for serviceability.

31 posted on 06/12/2013 12:25:29 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: gonzo

Thanks to all who enlightened me. I could spend a week spooking around places like those.


32 posted on 06/12/2013 5:04:29 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: RayChuang88
Also, for military aircraft, the planes have to be distinctly visible from satellite images as each one is scrapped in order to fulfill arms control treaty requirements.

You're referring to strategic bombers, of course. I rather doubt that the Russians would be interested in counting tactical air frames, since that kind of analysis wouldn't tell them very much.

33 posted on 06/12/2013 9:07:57 AM PDT by Tallguy (Hunkered down in Pennsylvania)
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To: Tallguy
I disagree, since there are also conventional arms control treaties signed between the Russians and Americans in the early 1990's. That's why there's the Open Skies monitoring program where the Russians used a number of modified old Aeroflot airliners and the Americans used a specially-modified EC-135 to monitor these agreements.
34 posted on 06/12/2013 9:25:53 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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