There’s a decent article at Jalopnik entitled “Why Aircraft Bone Yards Exist in the First Place”
January 13, 2012
You’ve probably seen photos of the airplanes stored at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson… A few nice aerial photos from Joe Knecht.
The first photo on the left (click the thumbnails for larger image) shows F-4, F-15, and F-14. The middle photo shows B-52, while the photo at the right shows A-7 and some helicopters.
Many of these aircraft are on display at the nearby Pima Air & Space Museum. I captured some photos in the posting here.
As you’ve probably seen in other growing cities, the urban sprawl has started to surround Davis Monthan. You can drive from the Tucson Airport to parts north of the city on a major thoroughfare such as Kolb Rd, and get a chance to view the “ghost air wing” (click on the image below to go to Google Maps version).
Here’s another photo snapped from satellite (from GeoEye), as well as a shot of some C-130s on the ground during one of my drives…
Update Oct 4, 2010
I’ve discovered photographs of a Soviet version of the aircraft bone yard (much smaller scale). You can check here at this photo-oriented web site.
Update Jan 9, 2012
I was back in Tucson for business and I stopped by the old stomping ground to capture a few more photos… you can see me standing by the outer fence near the C-130s, as well as a close-up of one of the signs warning about the “active” dog teams.