The Airplane Graveyard In Az?

Mon Mar 22, 1999 9:31 am

I have heard stories about a place in AZ called the Airplane Graveyard. I am thinking of taking a trip here (if it exisists!). What is the clossest airport, and what type of aircraft are here? I really want to see old commercial planes. Do thye have COMMERCIAL AIRLINERS? If so, can you tell me just a few and if I can take items out of the plane (for a price of course). I am looking for as many details as possible and/or a website. All help is appreciated.
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RE: The Airplane Graveyard In Az?

Mon Mar 22, 1999 9:40 am

There are a couple places in Arizona.

Evergreen Aviation has a big storage and stripping operation at Marana, which is a little ways north of Tucson. The name is Pimal Air Park. I took a tour of there with my girlfriend at the time back in March of 1996. I don't know if they still give tours but it was interesting. All civilian airliners. They wouldn't let us take pictures out there but they had the 747 that Bruce Willis blew up in Die Hard II and a Air-Lingus L-1011 that was about halfway parted out.

Evergreens Web Address is

We drove down from Phoenix to see it but Tuscan would probably be the better place to visit from. You could also visit the Graveyard at Davis-Monthan.

I belive that there is also a lot of storage activity up at Kingman AZ. But I havn't been there so don't quote me. Also just about every airport in AZ has some sort of salvage or storage operation in effect. When we where in Mesa on that trip we where wandering around Falcon field and there where a bunch of S-2 trackers that where going to be converted into firebombers and a couple of P2V(??) Harpoon WWII patrol aircraft. And this was in the middle of a city!!!!!

No! I Mean.....

Mon Mar 22, 1999 9:45 am

There was a specific place I heard about in the desert where it is like a parking lot of parked commercial airline retired planes!!! Ever heard of this?
(I am looking for closest commercial airport, if they give tours, planes that are there, ALL ino, and website)

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RE: No! I Mean.....

Mon Mar 22, 1999 9:50 am

Las Vegas has some parked airliners. t least they did a few years back. They had UAL DC-10's, the lone 747SP painted in new UAL colors, Continental A300's in old colors and Midway DC-9's. I don't know if you can buy anything though. There were seats thrown all over the place. I almost forgot, there was an Eastern 757 there too.
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Like I Said

Mon Mar 22, 1999 10:02 am

You definatly are thinking about Pimal Air Park in Marana. They just did a write up in Airways a couple of issues ago.
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RE: No! I Mean.....

Mon Mar 22, 1999 10:07 am

Well, there are many places in AZ that have aircraft stored. Here are some of the bigger ones:

1. Davis-Mothan AFB (Tuscon, AZ): Aircraft Regeneration and Recycling Center (Graveyard). I have never been on a tour but have stood in awe outside the fence. Military aircraft for as far as you can see in all directions. PIMA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM is a must visit. It is only a few miles away.

2. Pinal Air Park (Marana, AZ): I was denied access by a security guard. I don't know if you can set up a tour or not. There are MANY commercial airliners. Many many 747s, DC-10s, L1011s, etc. I would guess about 100 aircraft.

I dont know anything about tours, but these are the big places I know of. The Pima Air and Space Museum is a great place to visit.
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RE: The Airplane Graveyard In Az?

Mon Mar 22, 1999 12:06 pm

There is a great airliner graveyard at Mojave, just a couple of hours drive north of Burbank Airport. Also, I've seen the United DC-10s parked next to Las Vegas Boulevard. I drove right up to them and took pictures, which I still have. There was nobody around to stop me.

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RE: The Airplane Graveyard In Az?

Tue Mar 23, 1999 1:09 am

There are some excellent pictures of derelict planes at I think most of them are taken at arizona (tucson?). Take a look!!

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I'm Sorry I Lied

Tue Mar 23, 1999 5:50 am

Correction on the address for Evergreen Aviation. The proper one it

RE: The Airplane Graveyard In Az?

Tue Mar 23, 1999 7:04 am

The graveyard in the Tucson area is called Evergreen Air Center, owned by the same corp. that owns Evergreen Airlines. It specializes in decomposing old planes for spare parts or just for junk metal. An old 747 can worth up to a few million bucks just for the value of its metal. If the old plane is in good condition with parts that are still usable, the center usually refurbishes them for sale again (there are going to be buyers even if they are phreaking old), or takes out and refurbishs all the usable mechanical parts piece by piece for sale. Evergreen Air Center also specializes in doing all kinds of maintenance stuff and both long and short term aircraft storage of any size. In other words, you can see aircrafts of all ages there, especially with the Asian financial crisis hitting hard now, which causes a lot of new planes sitting in the storage area either waiting for a new buyer.

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