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Aircraft boneyard

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

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

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