Terror, Horrors, Monsters, and Monstrosities of War: Aftermath.
The Boneyard, Tucson, Arizona.
Technically founded in May of 1946, the Boneyard grew from the need for a place to store aircraft after WWII. Tucson, with its extremely low humidity and lack of rainfall made Davis-Montham AFB and the associated military installations surrounding it the perfect storage location. The Boneyard was born from the more than 600 B-29s moved there. Although some were pressed back into action for Korea, most were scrapped.
Many aircraft have followed in the footsteps of this famous bomber, with varieties from the B-36 and B-52 to C-130s, B1 Lancers, F16s, F4 Phantoms, and many others.
Unfortunately, most of these aircraft are eventually broken down and scrapped, but many still serve very important roles. Many of the stored aircraft are used as parts kits, much like a project car that crews can go to and pull what they need to keep other planes flying. Another good number are simply waiting to be upgraded or repaired when funds, orders, and parts all meet in the same place, a rarity in military logistics. Some are simply in place for storage awaiting reactivation. Lastly, some have greater missions to fulfill. Many of the F4 and F16 drones are upgraded from fighters at the Boneyard.
The Boneyard is the largest storage of aircraft in the world. Another interesting tidbit is that should it be activated as an individual air force, it would be the second largest air force in the world, behind only the USAF.
Such boneyards, whether aircraft or other military vehicles exist all around the world. Some famous ones include the Vehicle Graveyard outside Pripyet (Chernobyl), Ft Knox Tank Cemetery, and Kharkov Tank Graveyard.
Photo is from the 309th AMARG of the USAF and does not belong to me.
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