Graveyard Of Airplanes

Tue Feb 20, 2001 9:56 am

Hi there!!

I'm heading to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, on holidays in a couple of weeks. I've heard all about the graveyard of airplanes but have no idea where in Arizona it is or if there is more than one of them. Does anyone know where I can find these last resting places of aircraft?? Even a city location would be greatly appreciated.

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RE: Graveyard Of Airplanes

Tue Feb 20, 2001 10:17 am

Tuscon Arizona is one of the large military ones. I HIGHLY reccomend the book 50 Years of the desert boneyard by Philip D. Chinnery it is great but it has mostly military airplanes in it.
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RE: Graveyard Of Airplanes

Tue Feb 20, 2001 10:23 am

One of the best commercial aircraft graveyards is in Kingman Az, there are others, mostly military such as Pima AZ, and also others including LAS, do a search on this site for them, there is a itemized list.


RE: Graveyard Of Airplanes

Tue Feb 20, 2001 11:39 am

Davis-Monthan AFB outside Tuscon is where the military stores many aircraft that might one day be reactivated or sold to other nations and obsolete aircraft that are to be scrapped. Marana also has a large storage facility for airliners operated by Evergreen.
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RE: Graveyard Of Airplanes

Tue Feb 20, 2001 12:32 pm

Hi there yourself... Wink/being sarcastic
I live in HII now after many years in the LAX area.
And I can tell you that Kingman is a good place to start. At least 5 ex-TWA L-1011 are there now, one BAC-111, one DC-9-30, and too many Jetstream 31s to count, are now collecting dust. I can tell you Kingman is pretty simple to get to & see these airframes close-up, providing you stay outside the fences. Some field glasses is recommended for tail-number spotter like me.
Kingman is an hour drive from Havasu. Give me a holler if you want more information. Regards.
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RE: Graveyard Of Airplanes

Tue Feb 20, 2001 1:04 pm

Kingman last year was pretty easy to get up close. Evergreen's a no go, unless you get by the guard, you can see the tails of 747, but thats it, tucson has some also good mix. Also at kingman last year there were 3 new md80's I think they where Saudi, but that doesn't sound right.

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RE: Graveyard Of Airplanes

Tue Feb 20, 2001 1:10 pm

Davis-Monthan in the southeast quadrant of Tucson is the largest in the world, with numbers aporoaching 6,000 aircraft. They do bus tours on Mon and Wed. Marana is about 20 miles north of Tucson on I-8, where you can find mostly civilian aircraft, as well as the home of the Space Shuttle carrying 747. Kingman, although another good one, is a fraction of the size of the Boneyard in Tucson, but just after WW2, it was nearly as big.