About the Airplane Boneyards Website
We've been fascinated with both military airplanes and commercial airliners for decades, and still are today.
Today, we travel extensively, and have been fortunate in the last few years to visit several of the most renown air museums in the country, including the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles, the Castle Air Museum in California, the Hill Aerospace Museum in Utah, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, and many others.
During these trips, we had the privilege of visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, and touring the AMARG facility at Davis-Monthan AFB. Our interest in aircraft "boneyards" had begun.
On subsequent trips to the deserts of the western United States, we have explored and photographed other storage and aircraft reclamation facilities, i.e., "boneyards".
Arizona has many major boneyards, such as those at Kingman Airport, Pinal Air Park in Marana, and the Phoenix Goodyear Airport.
While in California, we have visited and photographed the Mojave Air and Space Port and the SCLA/Victorville Airport. Other stops have included smaller facilities such as the American Eagle Saab 340 boneyard in Texas.
Our Purpose and Affiliations
This website is an online resource about the facilities engaged in the storage, reclamation and disassembly of aircraft.
We do not own or operate an airplane boneyard, or have an affiliation with any boneyard, the Department of Defense, or any aviation museum.
We do not offer tours, and we do not own aircraft or maintain a parts inventory.
Why This Site?
With a wealth of information about airplane boneyards already available in books, DVDs and the Internet, why create another website?
We are amateur aircraft fanatics, and do not have a professional research staff. Instead, we like to visit air museums, aviation airparks, boneyards and airshows to learn first-hand about the great military and commercial aircraft the world has designed and built.
As we learn more, our curiousity grows. We document what we've learned, and have an appetite for more.
We hope this site will be a valuable resource for those interested in aviation and the ultimate disposition of historic aircraft, both from the earlier days of World War II, and the current planes.
The author wishes to acknowledge the following sources of information used in the preparation of pages on this website:
- Military Aircraft Boneyards, by Nicholas A. Veronica, A. Kevin Grantham and Scott Thompson
- Surplus WWII U.S. Aircraft, by William T. Larkins
- AMARG: America's Military Aircraft Boneyard, by Nicholas A. Veronica and Ron Strong
- Desert Boneyard, by Philip Chinnery
We highly recommend those with an interest in this subject to purchase these fine publications for additional historical information and detail, and photographs.
Continued Evolution of This Website Series
We originally launched www.PlanesOfThePast.com in 2012. Since then, it grew into a large site covering a variety of aviation-related topics. Since then, we have split the website into other more-focused topics based on our viewers' interests. Now we offer the following websites:
- AirplanesOfthePast.com - World War II, the Cold War and modern day military airplanes
- B29-Superfortress.com - The Boeing-built super bomber of World War II and the early Cold War years
- AirplaneBoneyards.com - Military and airliner boneyards in the U.S. and around the world (this site)
- AirlinerSpotter.com - Jet airliner spotting tips, Airbus and Boeing fleets with characteristics, comparisons and photographs
- AirplaneNoseArt.com - Nose art on aircraft, its origin, usage in World War II, and the modern day art form
- AirplaneMuseums.com - Airplane exhibits, museums, memorials and air parks
Thanks for taking time to visit the website, and fly again with us soon!
Air Force Material Command
Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center ... now AMARG ... at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson
(AirplaneBoneyards.com Staff photo)
Part of the large inventory of jet airliners in storage at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Arizona (staff photo)