Photographer Discovers Plane that Once Ferried Him Across Atlantic in Tucson Scrap Yard

scrap plane  Photographer Discovers Plane that Once Ferried Him Across Atlantic in Tucson Scrap Yard(Image: Phillip Capper, cc-3.0)

Catching a flight is as mundane as taking a bus for most people.  But when aviation enthusiast Phillip Capper stumbled across this abandoned Boeing 707 in a plane graveyard in Tucson, Arizona, he recognised the derelict jet as one that had transported him across the Atlantic some 20 years earlier.  While many won’t feel any particular connection to the airliners that ferry them across the world, it must be an odd feeling to one day find the remains of one in a boneyard.

Scrapping a B-52 Stratofortress at AMARG Boneyard

b 52 scrapping  Scrapping a B-52 Stratofortress at AMARG Boneyard(Image: Screenshot via YouTube)

This excerpt from a German language documentary shows the crude nature of aircraft scrapping, as a mighty B-52 Stratofortress is cut-up at the AMARG facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, popularly referred to as the Boneyard.  The 185,000 lb bomber is no match for “the guillotine”, used to reduce the B-52s to several massive chunks of scrap to be viewed by Russian spy satellites under the SALT II Treaty prior to final recycling.  Like the B-52s, aircraft numbers at the Boneyard appear to be dwindling.