Aircraft Boneyards & Storage Facilities Around the World


Airplanes have been built in countries around the world for decades. As these planes become outdated or no longer needed, they must be stored in boneyards and eventually disposed of.

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Large numbers of surplus aircraft are stored in airplane boneyards in the United States. However, military and airliner boneyards are located around the world, from the United Kingdom to Australia, from Canada to Russia, and elsewhere.

These "boneyards" around the world serve several functions: temporary storage, maintenance, parts reclamation, and scrapping. Some are small, some are open for a time and then closed. Airplane inventories change. Published reports are often inexact, and we have listed below boneyards that are more significant and well known based on our best research.

Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS) in Australia

Entrance area to the Pinal Airpark in Arizona
Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage at Alice Springs Airport in Australia (photo courtesy of APAS)

The world's newest "airliner boneyard" at Alice Springs Airport in the Northern Territory of Australia was completed in 2013 and began operations in June of 2014.

Stage one of the multi-million dollar Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS) at Alice Springs covers about 10 hectares and includes two access roads, a maintenance shed, a hard-stand area for up to 25 planes and a pad on which parts can be removed or added to aircraft.

The boneyard is operated by Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage Ltd. which chose Alice Springs because its dry, arid climate is ideal for aircraft storage and preservation.

The Alice Springs boneyard will be the first major aircraft storage facility in the southern hemisphere and will cater to Asia-Pacific carriers. It is capable of handling all aircraft types, including the Airbus A380.

For detailed information on the facility, download the brochure from APAS.

Contact the airport at phone +617 3171 4570 or on the web at www.alicespringsairport.com.au

Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage at Alice Springs Airport in Australia (photo courtesy of APAS)
Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage at Alice Springs Airport in Australia
Aerial view of Alice Springs Airport in Australia (photo courtesy of APAS)

Aerial view of Alice Springs Airport in Australia (photo courtesy of APAS)

 


Air Salvage International (ASI) at Cotswold Airport in the U.K.

Air Salvage International (ASI) is one of Europe’s leading airliner storage and maintenance facilities. At Cotswold Airport, its environmentally compliant fixed base, it has secure parking for in excess of 20 wide and up to 50 narrow bodied commercial aircraft.

ASI is a market leader in delivering professional disassembly services to the global aviation industry with almost two decades of experience.

It is located at Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6BA, United Kingdom.

Aerial view of Cotswold Airport in the U.K., location of Air Salvage International
Aerial view of Cotswold Airport in the United Kingdom, location of Air Salvage International

Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport, Hautes-Pyrénées, France

Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport is located 9 km south-southwest of Tarbes and near Lourdes, both communes of the Hautes-Pyrénées département in France. It mainly handles scheduled and charter flights from a variety of airlines across Europe. The airport has sufficient capabilities to handle large aircraft such as the Boeing 747.

TARMAC AEROSAVE, the Biggest Aircraft Storage Company in Europe, is an EASA and FAA Part. 145 MRO company dedicated to Aircraft Storage, Aircraft Maintenance, Aircraft Recycling and CFM56 Engine Recycling in an entirely environmentally friendly manner.

With its headquarters in Tarbes (France) and a new aircraft storage facility in Teruel (Spain) Tarmac Aerosave is able to offer the largest aircraft storage capacity in Europe with space for 250 aircraft.

For more information, contact www.tarmacaerosave.aero

Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport, location of Tarmac Aerosave
Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport, location of Tarmac Aerosave

Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport in Canada

23 former Air Canada Jazz and Canadian Regional Airlines Fokker F28 aircraft have been stored at the airport in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan since retirement from the fleet in 2003.

Aerial view of airliner storage at Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatchewan
Aerial view of airliner storage at Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatchewan

Manas International Airport

When Kyrgyzstan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Manas International Airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan began a decline, and about 60 abandoned Soviet aircraft, including helicopters to full-sized airliners, were left on the airport ramp at the Eastern end of the field. Today, the airport is one of the largest and modern aviation hubs in Central Asia, servicing numerous airlines and types of airliners.

Aerial view of airplane boneyard at Manas International Airport in Kyrgyzstan
Aerial view of airplane boneyard at Manas International Airport in Kyrgyzstan

Predannack Airfield, United Kingdom

The runways at Predannack Airfield are operated by the Royal Navy, and used as a satellite airfield and relief landing ground for nearby RNAS Culdrose. Various retired aircraft belonging to the Royal Naval School of Fire Fighting are in storage at the facility, and used for aircraft crash rescue practice.

The site includes a variety of post-war RAF and Royal Navy aircraft types, from Harrier Jump Jets and Wessex and Sea King helicopters to a Canberra Bomber and Sepecat Jaguar.

The airfield is located on the Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, United Kingdom, near the village of Mullion.

Aerial view of airplane sites at Predannack Airfield in the United Kingdom
Aerial view of airplane boneyard at Predannack Airfield in the United Kingdom

Lukhovitsy, Russia

A small airplane boneyard exists near Lukhovitsy, Moscow Oblast, Russia. The Lukhovitsy-Tretyakovo Airport is operated by Russian Aircraft Corporation as part of the Lukhovitsy Aircraft Production and Test Complex. The town grew rapidly after the transfer of testing (and later production) facilities of the Mikoyan design bureau.

Aerial view of airplane storage area near Lukhovitsy, Russia
Aerial view of airplane storage area near Lukhovitsy, Russia
Jet fighters in storage near Lukhovitsy, Russia
Jet fighters in storage near Lukhovitsy, Russia

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in the Ukraine

On April 26, 1986, the nuclear plant at Chernobyl in the Ukraine experienced a catastrophic accident. Helicopters and equipment such as irradiated Soviet Mil Mi-6 choppers used during the nuclear disaster are still in storage.

Helicopters and other equipment used during the Chernobyl disaster
Helicopters and other equipment used during the Chernobyl disaster

Other Reported or Rumored Boneyards ... in the Past, or Present

Airfield or Facility Name
Purpose or Type
Location
Vozdvizhenka Air Base 18 gutted Tupolev Tu-22M Backfires stored in the far eastern section of Russia Russia
MiG-23 Boneyard Dilapidated MiG-23s from an air force that barely got off the ground in the wake of the U.S. invasion are stored from various hiding places around the former Balad Air Base (now Joint Base Balad). Balad, Iraq
"The Petting Zoo" at Bagram Air Base Various airplane hulks from the Middle East wars Afghanistan
Rinkaby Shooting Range Located in a distant corner of the former Rinkaby military airfield, abandoned Saab 35 Draken fighter planes have met their final resting place Sweden

Map of locations of active and post-WWII airplane boneyards and plane storage facilities in the United States

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