An aircraft boneyard, or aircraft graveyard in British English, is a storage area for aircraft that are retired from service. Most aircraft at boneyards are either kept for storage or have their parts removed for reuse or resale and are then scrapped. 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. The largest facility of its kind, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, is colloquially known as "The Boneyard".
Notable aircraft boneyardsEdit
|Abilene Regional Airport||Abilene, Texas (US)||Contains many retired Saab 340 aircraft, primarily from American Eagle Airlines.|
|Alice Springs Airport||Alice Springs, Northern Territory (Australia)||The first large-scale aircraft boneyard outside the United States.|
|Cotswold Airport||Kemble, Gloucestershire (United Kingdom)||Home of Air Salvage International (ASI), who are described as Europe's leading aircraft decommissioning company.|
|Davis-Monthan AFB||Tucson, Arizona (US)||Home of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, the 2,600-acre site contains nearly 4,400 aircraft.|
|Kingman Airport||Kingman, Arizona (US)||Leases space to major carriers such as Delta, American and United and operates as an "active storage facility" offering both storage and repair services.|
|Laurinburg-Maxton Airport||Maxton, North Carolina (US)||Contains various former Northwest Airlines aircraft being stripped for parts by Charlotte Aircraft Corporation|
|Mojave Air and Space Port||Mojave, California (US)||Home to more than 1,000 commercial airliners.|
|Manas International Airport||Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)||Soviet era aircraft began to appear after 1991.|
|Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport||Oscoda, Michigan (US)||Serves as storage for Kalitta Air and several other airlines.|
|Phoenix Goodyear Airport||Goodyear, Arizona (US)|
|Pinal Airpark||Marana, Arizona (US)|
|RAF Shawbury||Shrewsbury, Shropshire (United Kingdom)||From end of World War II to 1972.|
|Roswell International Air Center||Roswell, New Mexico (US)||Contains the remains of several large passenger and cargo jets|
|Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada)||Contains 23 old Fokker F-28 operated by Canadian Regional Airlines and Air Canada Jazz|
|Southern California Logistics Airport||Victorville, California (US)|
|Teruel Airport||Teruel, Aragon (Spain)|
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