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Largest Commercial Aircraft Boneyard?  
User currently offlinetonytifao From Brazil, joined Mar 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 21272 times:

What is the largest commercial aircraft storage? Researching google, I found it was Mojave airport, but doing a google maps search, it seemed very empty. See link:

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=...8132&spn=0.04201,0.061541&t=h&z=14

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User currently offlineFX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 21137 times:

Not sure about ROW and MZJ, I have never been to either of those but VCV is much larger and has more aircraft than MHV.

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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12038 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 21049 times:
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MHV is the least busy of the regular storage airports (although there's some very interesting stuff there!)

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ROW, VCV and MZJ all have a lot more planes. Here's a glimpse of VCV:

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User currently offlineeastern023 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 21049 times:

Are there any of these "parks" open in any way to public? Guided tours..etc..


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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12038 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 21036 times:
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Quoting eastern023 (Reply 3):
Are there any of these "parks" open in any way to public? Guided tours..etc..

Sadly, no.   



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User currently offlinetayser From Australia, joined Mar 2008, 1123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 21010 times:

The one which is to be built at ASP probably won't be the biggest, but definitely an "attraction" to the red centre... The Alice hasnt got much more going for it as everyone's off to Uluru or Kata Tjuta (AYQ)...

User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 855 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 20877 times:

I'm sure there are some big ones in Russia. Lot's of stored Tupolevs and Ilyushins.

Russian anetters might help.


User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3048 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 20864 times:

Quoting tonytifao (Thread starter):
Researching google, I found it was Mojave airport, but doing a google maps search, it seemed very empty.

You might want to try using a different map/aerial image website than Google Maps because their images tend to be very old (for example, their images of Reno are from 2004 or 2005). When looked up on Bing Maps, the image of Mojave airport shows quite a few more aircraft parked there.
If you know the exact street address of Mojave airport, then Terraserver will show you the most up-to-date images, plus Terraserver allows you to view older images of the same location. The downside of Terraserver's images is that they're watermarked (unless you subscribe) and you can't "smart-scroll" across them, so every time you move your viewpoint the image has to reload.



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2917 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 20853 times:

Quoting eastern023 (Reply 3):

Are there any of these "parks" open in any way to public? Guided tours..etc..
Quoting scbriml (Reply 4):

Quoting eastern023 (Reply 3):
Are there any of these "parks" open in any way to public? Guided tours..etc..

Sadly, no.   

Actually, yes- MHV does have tours.
http://www.mojaveairport.com/visits.htm



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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6260 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 20526 times:

Quoting eastern023 (Reply 3):
Are there any of these "parks" open in any way to public? Guided tours..etc..

Roswell is pretty easy to get around, you can't go inside but if you are near there it's worth a few hour detour.



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4599 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 20466 times:

Quoting tayser (Reply 5):
The one which is to be built at ASP probably won't be the biggest, but definitely an "attraction" to the red centre...

I think this is going to capture a huge amount of business from the airlines in Asia - from India to Japan, as well as Australia and New Zealand and possibly even Africa. It's something that should have been done ages ago, but I can't see this not being a major major boneyard.



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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12038 posts, RR: 47
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 20243 times:
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Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 8):
Actually, yes- MHV does have tours.

Those tours haven't run for some time. I was there in March and was told access is no longer possible.



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User currently offline9w748capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 17820 times:

someone posted a TR awhile ago about a road trip to some of the american boneyards (MHV, VCV plus one more I think). Of course a.net's search function stinks, so I tried to google search for that TR and couldn't find it either. Maybe someone else can! That poster was able to get a brief drive-through at one of the airports but I can't remember which one.

User currently offlinenoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 16970 times:

You can't get a tour around them on the ground, but there are companies based on the airports (or local airfields) that will do 'scenic flights' over the boneyard for photographers. Hence why there are so many aerial photos of these places.

User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 786 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 16795 times:

Davis Monthan AB near Tucson, AZ has thousands. Primarily retired military aircraft of all types with a smattering of commercial aircraft if you hunt. Easily viewable from any of the roads which bisect this huge yard.
Also, the western side of KTUS has a few dozen airliners in various states right next to the road.


User currently offlinecinja From Singapore, joined Jan 2007, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 16716 times:

Quoting scbriml (Reply 11):
Those tours haven't run for some time. I was there in March and was told access is no longer possible

I was at MHV in late April and managed to get on a tour. I wrote about it on my (non-aviation-related) blog: http://sportsroadtrips.blogspot.com/...11/04/touring-mojave-boneyard.html. Great experience and only $5!


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