The fact is, the plane could not have been there for more then 3 years and many other aircraft have been in storage much longer but remaining in better condition.
Well, you can't really tell what condition it's in from a picture like this (don't assume the photographer knows what he's talking about in his comments, either). I don't see anything falling off of it, for example
Windows are taped up, other parts tied off, I mean maybe that's some of what you're seeing. When they tape stuff up it can look pretty sloppy, but that says nothing about the condition of the aircraft. They're not going for aesthetics, just to protect the plane.
The paint's faded, but this is the low desert after all. After three years, that's going to happen out there. You're talking bright, direct sunlight day in, day out, high temperatures, low humidity, lots of dust in the air. I've often wondered if this is really a good place to store aircraft; it seems like they'd age pretty quickly in such an environment.
slightly off subject-but when older planes like this one are converted to freighters the windows are usually removed (or are they simply covered?).
If anything, they're usually just plugged up or painted over, but often not even that:
In this one you can see they're just plugged up, but I don't know why they'd do some and not others:
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