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That is....a lot of airplanes

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Most of it consists of empty shells, almost completely disassembled for spare parts...It's similar in that to AMARC, a very sad place indeed.

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Actually, many of the newer arrivals are mothballed for possible later use. Before the first gulf war, the Navy re-activated several squadrons worth of A-7 corsairs for service in that conflict. The desert is a perfect environment for them. They don't corrode. That said, it is an erie and moving place, especially with the chopped up remains of big planes left ascatter for the satelites verifying arms limitation treaties to view. It is impossible to not try to imagine the countless service-peoples lives touched by those airplanes throughout the last thiry to forty years.

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Yeah. You fell all the joy you would in a real graveyard: very little if at all. Wouldn't mind doing a Junkyard Wars aviation episode in that place though. :-hah----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach

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yes, many are stored initially for possible future use, but most never are.In the end they're broken up for spares to keep the remaining fleet in the air (saves on having to buy spares) and after there's no more parts to be salvaged they're cut up for scrap (or sold to the Mythbusters to perform experiments :) ).

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My dad was taxiing a Falcon at an airport and they had a bunch of planes off the side that were going to the "graveyard" and he spotted a T33 numbered 555. It was a plane he flew for 4 years straight, his call sign was Triple Nickle. He was Air Force, but he was doing simulated ground attack stuff for Army training. He said he couldn't even begin to describe his feelings, it was like losing a loved one. You know it's going to go there eventually, but to see it must have been a shock. billg

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