If you've ever been to an air show, you've seen warbirds--P-51s, B-17s, B-24s--that we all marvel at. So few of them around, we are told. True enough. But decades ago, there were umpteen gazillion such planes. Now look. After WWII the planes were sent to the scrap heaps and our aviation heritage went with them.
Is that the fate of the airliners now in the desert? I don't advocate saving them all. That's silly. But surely there should be ways of saving the ones worth saving. Here at the Manchester (NH) Airport, we've just opened a gorgeous, new aviation museum celebrating New Hampshire aviation. Would we love to have a United Airlines 757 parked next to it? Sure! Who wouldn't? So what stands in the way, besides money, of doing that? Maybe it IS 'just money.' But it seems to me that this mass exodus of 'planes to the desert' is a great opportunity to SAVE some of those airframes to celebrate our heritage. I'm not talking about planes that are still being paid for; I'm talking about planes that are just done doing their job...forever. And instead of flying that jet to the desert, the carrier flies it to the 'Charity of their choice.' That seems to make sense to me, so does it ever work out that way?
Chris in NH