Where do planes go once they’ve finished flying? These 7 aircraft graveyards will show you…

Does anyone ever tire of looking at photos of abandoned things? Abandoned theme parks, abandoned towns – and now abandoned aeroplanes.

These photos show aircraft that has been left to rot in what are known as aeroplane graveyards.

From ex-military planes to jet liners, there’s aircraft corpses dotted around the world and they are eerily fascinating. Check them out…


1. Newbury, Ohio

Nestled in one man’s back garden is this collection of more than 30 military jets – salvaged by Walter Soplata over a 50-year period. He bought the planes amid fears they would be dismantled and destroyed, and, upon his death in 2010, his relatives kept his prestigious collection a secret so that scrappers wouldn’t steal his prized possessions.

Where do planes go to die? 7 unbelievably fascinating aircraft graveyardsThis is one man’s casual back garden collection (Picture: Barcroft/Johnny Joo)

2. Mojave Desert, California

One of the largest ‘boneyards’ in the US, this site has become the final resting place for thousands of planes, many commercial, over the years. Planes retire after about 25 years in service, and somewhere like the Mojave Desert works wonderfully because the dry warm atmosphere prevents corrosion.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by John Chapple/REX (799652c)nThe aircraft graveyard, in The Mojave Desert. Aircraft from all over the world are stored for future use or broken down for scrap.nAircraft Graveyard in The Mojave Desert, California, America - Oct 2007nnWhere do your commercial airliners go when they’ve retired? Here (Picture: John Chapple/REX)

3. The Boneyard, Arizona

That’s right, this mega beast is simply known as ‘The Graveyard’ because it’s that crammed with dead planes. While some of the aircrafts are restored, others are taken apart. All planes have guns and ejection seats removed before being sealed from dust, sunlight and high temperatures. Also, not to excite you, but there are weekday tours operated through The Boneyard. Amazing.

Aircraft from all military services cover the desert landscape of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group 'Boneyard' at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)How nice on the eyes are those perfect rows of retired planes? (Picture: Rex)

4. Pinal Airpark, Arizona

This park’s main purpose is to host disused commercial airliners and it’s the largest aircraft storage facility in the world. The majority of planes here are from Northwest Airlines, and the site takes up 2,080 acres. That’s a lot.

AD_139577880.jpgThe place where Northwest Airline planes go to die, sort of (Picture: Wikipedia, Flickr/Alan Wilson, Flickr/Josh Friedman)

5. Aviation Warehouse, California

This boneyard is a bit snazzier than the others. Why? Because its dilapidated planes are often used in films and on TV. Take the logo on the one below – don’t recognise it as an airliner logo? That’s because it’s an entirely fictitious design made purposely for the prop. Exciting!

AD_139506518.jpgTonnes of films have been filmed here so you might recognise it (Picture: Flickr/Cleftclips, Flickr/Todd Lappin)

6. Khodynka Aerodrome, Russia

This graveyard was a functioning airport until 1941, and now features lots of war planes. Russians are currently trying to redevelop the area and build homes which means the panes are slowly, one by one, being transported away. Sob.

AD_139506515.jpgThe boneyard is making way for some new homes and blocks of flats (Picture: Flickr/Alan Wilson)

7. Chernobyl, Ukraine

Almost 30 years after the nuclear disaster that destroyed a town, many of the aircraft that assisted in the clean up are still grounded due to contamination. Whilst fire engines that attended the power plant on the night have been buried, there are still many rotting remains that have a hefty excursion zone around them. Who knew?

AD_139602502.jpgThese heavily contaminated vehicles are remains from the biggest nuclear disaster ever (Picture: Getty)