A view of Davis-Monthan AFB shows thousands of retired aircraft sitting in the desert.
They go through great lengths to preserve them, even sealing them with an opaque white, hi-tech vinyl plastic compound called "spraylat."
Such an enormous stash of aircraft makes me wonder what they're being kept for. I'm sure there are a few uses for some of them but certainly not all of them. There can't be a big demand for spare parts from obsolete planes. It seems like they would want to scrap them.
Are they being kept in case there is some sort of all-out war and they need cobble together a bunch of F-4's and C-141's to support the air force? Would that even be feasible?
Does it somehow cost more to scrap them than the materials are worth?
Why are they keeping so many retired planes?
- Photos retrieved from airplaneboneyards.com