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.
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.
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 curiosity 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:
We highly recommend those with an interest in this subject to purchase these fine publications for additional historical information and detail, and photographs.
We launched Planes of the Past in 2012, which over time grew into a large site covering a variety of aviation-related topics. In 2015, we split the website into more focused topics based on our viewers' interests. Now we offer the following websites:
Thanks for taking time to visit the website, and fly again with us soon!
Air Force C-135 aircraft in storage at the Davis-Monthan AFB AMARG Facility in Tucson (Staff Photo)
Part of the large inventory of jet airliners in storage at Pinal Airpark in Arizona (Staff Photo)