Where do planes go to die? Mostly to massive, sunburnt boneyards, as they're called. These ten junkyards are the biggest and most interesting out there, from Russia to Australia and back.
Not many specially equipped Mil Mi-24 helicopters were used after the Chernobyl disaster, but those few stayed right there.
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The Museum of Civil Aviation in Ulyanovsk is technically not a junkyard, but let's be honest, it sure looks like one. Because Russia. Still, they have all sorts of awesome planes, including a Tu-144, which is a bigger Concorde.
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The place is famous for three things:
- It will be the first large-scale aircraft boneyard outside the United States.
- It's also extensively used to launch stratospheric research balloons.
- The first out of two aircraft suicide attacks in Australian history happened here.
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This is where Malév planes went to die. A moment of silence please.
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Those cranes meant redevelopment, so most of these planes are gone by now. Still, no better place for a picnic than an airfield near Moscow full of planes like these Sukhoi and Mikoyan-Gurevich war machines.
One word: Tristars.
This is a port rather than a boneyard, but it has a Lun-class ekranoplan, and that alone is worth your time.
It's a very colorful collection indeed, and its history ain't bad either.
I didn't know they had all the Scaled Composites planes there. But I always love seeing the rows of 747's (still the sexiest commercial plane flying) from I-10 as you drive between Phoenix and Tucson.
The history of the place is pretty impressive too. It was built in WWII, but was the CIA's main base of air operations during the Vietnam War. It was the primary facility for Intermountain Airlines, a CIA front company.
Looking for a place to shoot movies? How about the largest commercial aircraft boneyard in the world?
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If you want to know more about the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, aka the biggest and best freakin' airplane junkyard in the universe, just ask Gamecat235 and his friends.
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