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Airplane Graveyard Locations?  
User currently offlineExpatmatt From Liechtenstein, joined Oct 2004, 113 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 55422 times:

Hey guys and gals -

I'm heading to Las Vegas soon and was thinking about taking a road trip to see one or two of the airplane graveyards.

Can someone tell me where they are all located? I can only think of Victorville, CA and Marana, AZ....

Any help MUCH appreciated!

thanks!

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User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1980 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 55402 times:

Kingman, AZ
Mohave, CA
Victorville, CA
Marana, AZ
Tucson, AZ (as well as Davis-Monthan AFB here, incredible!)
Roswell, NM

That's the main lot on the west coast.
Jeffrey



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User currently offlineIRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1073 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 55377 times:

Victorville has some strange birds. Also Vegas has a small lot south of the strip where they had a bunch...don't remember if it was at LAS or near LAS.

-IR


User currently offlineVegasplanes From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 778 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 55336 times:

Quoting IRelayer (Reply 2):
. Also Vegas has a small lot south of the strip where they had a bunch...don't remember if it was at LAS or near LAS.

Not any more, being built into private hangers by the Molasky Group. Have not seen any storage in Vegas for a while now, used to be some old props at Henderson Executive (formally Sky Harbor), also Boulder City airport if you are heading out to Kingman. Used to be able to walk around with the planes at Kingman, pre 9/11, not sure if thats still allowed.  Wink


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 55285 times:

Quoting Expatmatt (Thread starter):
I'm heading to Las Vegas soon and was thinking about taking a road trip to see one or two of the airplane graveyards.

Keep in mind, almost all of them do not allow you on the property to take pictures. If you noticed most of the pictures here were taken at great distance or from the air. I have seen it mentioned here that one or two places offer tours limited to a van driving around.

[Edited 2005-09-23 12:23:12]


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User currently offlineRC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 55205 times:

Might want to add Greenwood, Mississippi to the list. About a two hour ride
from Memphis.


User currently offlineDENplanenut From United States of America, joined May 2005, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 55146 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 4):
Keep in mind, almost all of them do not allow you on the property to take pictures.

I tried to get in at the storage facility that's close to PHX (don't know the name) and was told to go away. You can see most planes from the main road but you are too far away too take any good pics... and once you get near the entrance, the bushes around are too high.

Keep us posted if you make it into the any storage near Vegas. I'll be flying to LAS today... so I'll probably take a drive sometime this weekend.

DEN


User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3333 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 55116 times:

I dont know, but there was this graveyard, I went through in Maryland, near APG or Edgewood Arsenal. and all the planes were practically in the middle of a forest. many vietnam era fighters (Super Sabres, Thunderchiefs, Phantoms) and Huey helicopters, also a DC-4 or DC-6 not sure, and some C-47. It was like 10 years ago, but quite surprised they had one up in North Maryland, cause most are out west. but what made it so interesting was that it was summer and the forest was lush almost like jungle and most of the planes were still in SE Asia camouflage, making it feel like I was in the backyard of some Vietnam Airport after 1975, even it was 1995. I was on base pass, so I dont think public can see it.


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User currently offlinePlaneDane From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 55111 times:

Quoting DENplanenut (Reply 6):
Quoting EMBQA (Reply 4):
Keep in mind, almost all of them do not allow you on the property to take pictures.

I tried to get in at the storage facility that's close to PHX (don't know the name) and was told to go away.

Most likely, you're talking about the Goodyear, AZ airport. There are a lot fewer planes there now than just a few years ago. Anything worth flying again is now back in service with some carrier.


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 55070 times:

There is GoodYear AZ. just west of PHX but thats more of a parking lot than a graveyard. Its good to view over 100 birds. We have never been "run" from GoodYear.

Marana, Pima Air Park, is only good from a distance so bring a gooooooood lens.
safe

[Edited 2005-09-23 16:13:45]

[Edited 2005-09-23 16:14:47]


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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 55028 times:

Can anyone tell me why we dont have any graveyard for planes like that in Europe? Atleast not to my knowledge..

User currently offlineJHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 54965 times:

How about San Bernardino?
Last year there was some writing about SBD as a future storage facility. My source was pe.com. Has these ideas terminated?

A few places that could be of interest could be Chandler - Memorial Airfield (34AZ), Coolidge - Coolidge Municipal Airport (P08 / KP08), Marana (Tucson) - Northwest Regional (Avra Valley) (AVW / AVQ) & Ryan Airfield (RYN).
Take a look at the photo section before going there. Do not blame me, if you do not examine the airports before going to them.

Yours in realtime
JHSfan



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User currently offlineJHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 54992 times:

We do not have big places like MHV or VCV in Europe, but there may be planes of interest at the following airports (quick list from my personal notes):

Belgium:
- Brussels - National (Zaventem) / Melsbroek (BRU / EBBR / EBMB)
- Ostend / Bruges (OST / EBOS)

France:
- Annecy - LFLP
- Bordeaux - Merignac (BOD / LFBD)
- Chalons - Vatry (XCR / LFOK)
- Chateauroux - Deols (Marcel Dassault) (CHR / LFLX)
- Dinard / St. Malo - Pleurtuit (DNR / LFRD)
- Perpignan - Rivesaltes (Llabanere) (PGF / LFMP)
- St. Nazaire - Montoir (SNR / LFRZ)

Netherlands:
- Bergen op Zoom - Woensdrecht (WOE / BZM / EHWO)

UK:
England
- Bournemouth - Int. (Hurn) (BOH / EGHH)
- Bristol - Filton (FZO / EGTG)
- Bruntingthorpe
- Cambridge - EGSC
- Cardiff (- Rhoose / Wales) (CWL / EGFF)
- East Midlands (Nottingham) - Castle Donington (EMA / EGNX)
- Kemble (EGBP)
- Lasham (QLA / EGHL)
- Manchester - Woodford (EGCD)
- Norwich - Horsham St. Faith (NWI / EGSH)
- Southend - Rochford (SEN / EGMC)
Scotland
- Glasgow - Prestwick (PIK / EGPK)

Yours in realtime
JHSfan



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User currently offlineExpatmatt From Liechtenstein, joined Oct 2004, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 54913 times:

Thanks everyone for the info -- doesn't look too promising for this trip to visit any of the graveyards. Maybe one of the Grand Canyon-type sightseeing flights would be my best bed...

Merci beaucoup de Montreal!


User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5401 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 54899 times:

Well, don't forget the biggest in the world:

Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson.

I know it's mainly military but lots of civil stuff there (old 707's etc)


Jimbo



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User currently offlineCahiwa From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 54853 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 10):
Can anyone tell me why we dont have any graveyard for planes like that in Europe? Atleast not to my knowledge..

I always figured it was because you need a large empty area in the dry desert air that has proximity to a large landing strip.

Ciao... K


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 54802 times:

Quoting Cahiwa (Reply 15):
I always figured it was because you need a large empty area in the dry desert air that has proximity to a large landing strip.

Well how about Spain? They don't want it? I guess not


User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1964 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 54793 times:

Two other airliner graveyards in the US:

Maxton-Laurinburg, NC (MXB/MEB)

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Photo © Alex McMahon



Ardmore, OK

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Photo © Ariel Shocron

(ADM/KADM)

Aircraft have been scrapped at many other US airports, including Miami, Opa Locka, Ft. Lauderdale - I don't know if any of these warrant the label "graveyard," though.



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User currently offlineIRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1073 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 54720 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 10):
Can anyone tell me why we dont have any graveyard for planes like that in Europe? Atleast not to my knowledge..

Maybe because Europe is the only continent on Earth that does not contain a desert :P

-IR

[Edited 2005-09-23 19:54:34]

User currently offlineSmokescreen From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 54709 times:

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 14):
Well, don't forget the biggest in the world:

Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson.

I know it's mainly military but lots of civil stuff there (old 707's etc)


Jimbo

It should be added that the Davis-Monthan AFB boneyard is open to public tours through the Pima Air and Space Museum, it is about an hour driving through it although you are not allowed off the bus.
The PASM is worthwhile too, mostly military but they have a collection of VIP/Air Force 1 type planes including 707, a DC-6 Kennedy used and Ike's Connie "Columbine". Also on display outdoors are Stratocruisers/freighters, a Caravelle, and a TWA L-049. Well worth the $14.25 combined admission. Check them out at www.pimaair.org!

(No, I don't work there, just a fan!)


User currently offlineAMSSFO From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 952 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 54674 times:

You can find a lot of info on this site: http://www.cactuswings.com/storage/index.htm

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 54524 times:

To add to SMOKESCREEN, the bus tour does NOT operate on week-ends. If you get there on a week-day, its worth it. The narration is very informational.
safe



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 54506 times:

Airliners.net has tons of photos taken at "graveyard" sites - plenty of them ...  thumbsup 


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 54476 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 22):
Airliners.net has tons of photos taken at "graveyard" sites - plenty of them

..and your point...?



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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 54431 times:

It should be noted that Ike used three different Connies. One (as previously mentioned) is displayed at the Pima Air and Space Museum. A second is on display at Wright-Pat at the USAF Museum. The third one is privately owned and hangared at Marana. It makes regular appearances on the air show circuit.


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25 Post contains images Zippyjet : Is corrosion Corner at or near MIA an airliner graveyard? And, back in the late 80's/early 90's Tom Petty did a video called Learning To Fly The backg
26 Post contains links Motif1 : Impressive http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Roswel...94&spn=0.004055,0.008001&t=k&hl=en
27 Dc8jet : Corrosion corner at MIA is long gone.
28 OB1504 : OPF has a similar area where they've got some DC-10s and DC-9s, as well as various other smaller aircraft and the occasional A320 or 757, though.
29 320tech : Pima Air Park, is only good from a distance so bring a gooooooood lens. Do you mean Pinal Air Park? It's about three miles off the highway between Pho
30 A340Spotter : Fanofjets mentioned ADM/Ardmore, OK...you can skip here as the place that scrapped the UA 747SP/DC10s and CO 731s, etc. has closed up shop. I believe
31 NorthwestEWR : Does anyone know of a scrap yard or graveyard near NJ and NY and do they sell parts like gauges, cockpit pieces or engines ????
32 GentFromAlaska : Several years ago I recall seeing numerous airplanes parked at what appeared to be a bone yard off the interstate near Greybull, Wyoming. I think this
33 Post contains links Ivo : EADS - Sogerma and SITA are to open an dismantling operation at Tarbes Airport , near Toulouse, France http://www.flightinternational.com/A...s+aircra
34 Post contains links and images JHSfan : Greybull is still housing some old planes: Greybull - South Big Horn County (GEY) And they are (at least some of them) for sale at Zenith Aviation Tha
35 Snaiks : How much does it cost to "store" a plane, and on what conditions do the planes have to be
36 DLKAPA : There is a company based at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas (ARG) that does some scrapwork, they've scrapped several 737's, alot of WN 732's went there infact,
37 DeltaL1011man : can you guys tell me all the graveyards that have delta airplanes??
38 Uadc8contrail : deltal1011man, VCV...delta a/c all over the place there......
39 DeltaL1011man : is there any place that has dl planes other than vcv gyr???
40 DeltaL1011man : is there any place that has dl planes other than vcv gyr???
41 Post contains links and images Zippyjet : [img] A blast from the past! BTW. I'm still trying to find out the "411" on those old planes in that Tom Petty video. Someone out in A-Net land, plea
42 Post contains images Bond007 : Yeah, I saw a load at ATL last time I was there Jimbo
43 N1120A : It was at LAS, though not so many there any more Well, none of those are actually on the coast, and some are many hours from the coast. Goodyear, AZ
44 Bond007 : If you wanna go to MZJ Pinal Air Park, go to TUS and get the local flying club to take you there in a Cessna 172. You can at least do touch-and-goes,
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