Flying into or visiting one of these facilities must be a surreal experience as zombie aircraft essential lie in wait in the equivalent of aviation purgatory for some possible future use or reuse. Here is a weblink to a fascinating article about a visit to Pinal Air Park, where bot the aircraft and the airport appear to be in varying states of decay.Here is a list of those airplane boneyards in the United States that store/hold “commercial aviation aircraft” in a sort of semi-permanent stasis.
- Abilene Regional Airport – Abilene, Texas
- Kingman Airport – Kingman, Arizona
- Laurinburg-Maxton Airport – Laurinburg, North Carolina
- Mojave Air and Space Port – Mojave, California
- Phoenix/Goodyear Airport – Goodyear (Phoenix), California
- Pinal Air Park * – Marana (Tucson), Arizona
- Southern California Logistics Airport – Victorville, California
- Tupelo Regional Airport – Tupelo, Mississippi
- Wilmington Air Park * – Wilmington, Ohio
* Doubt the pun was intended, but calling such a facility an “Air Park” sure seems like one.
“But I can’t help but contemplate how first the 737’s, and then the Dreamliners, too, will end up in airplane boneyards — if not very soon, then some twenty, thirty, forty, or fifty years from now, when their systems and designs are exhausted, when we need new dreams.”
Christopher Schaberg — The End of Airports