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Boeing B-52s in storage or awaiting dismantlement in Arizona

Aircraft boneyard (or in the United States, Aircraft graveyard) is a storage area for aircraft that are retired from service. Most aircraft at boneyards are either kept for storage or turned into scrap metal. Deserts, such as those in the Southwestern United States, are good locations for boneyards since the dry conditions reduce corrosion and the hard ground does not need to be paved.[1] The largest facility of its kind, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, is colloquially known as "The Boneyard".

Notable aircraft boneyards

Airport City Notes
Abilene Regional Airport United States Abilene, Texas Contains many retired Saab 340 aircraft, primarily from American Eagle Airlines
Alice Springs Airport Australia Alice Springs, Northern Territory The first large-scale aircraft boneyard outside the United States
Davis-Monthan AFB United States Tucson, Arizona Home of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, contains mostly military aircraft
Kingman Airport United States Kingman, Arizona
Laurinburg-Maxton Airport United States Maxton, North Carolina Contains various former Northwest Airlines aircraft being stripped for parts by Charlotte Aircraft Corporation
Mojave Air & Space Port United States Mojave, California
Manas International Airport Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Soviet era aircraft began to appear after 1991.
Phoenix Goodyear Airport United States Goodyear, Arizona
Pinal Airpark United States Marana, Arizona Home of Jet Yard, LLC and Aircraft Demolition, LLC
RAF Shawbury United Kingdom Shrewsbury, Shropshire From end of World War II to 1972.
Roswell International Air Center United States Roswell, New Mexico Contains the remains of several large passenger and cargo jets
Southern California Logistics Airport United States Victorville, California


  1. John A. Weeks III (2009-07-03). "Field Guide To Aircraft Boneyards". Retrieved 2014-11-06. 

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