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Have you ever wondered what happens to an aircraft once it has served out its usefulness? Many obsolete planes find their final resting spots in an airplane graveyard, where they sit dejectedly among their fellow former flying brethren. Lots of them are still technically airworthy, but they are parked in the desert or some out-of-the-way place due to a slump in demand, waiting for an aviation uptick and their chance to soar again. Some are dismantled for scrap metal or cannibalized for spare parts. These fleets of abandoned behemoths make for some rather haunting yet beautiful images.

1. Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group (AMARG), Arizona

The largest airplane graveyard is in Tuscon, where the dry, arid Arizona desert keeps rust and corrosion at a minimum. Many of the 4,400 planes in this storage and maintenance facility are recommissioned or repurposed, but others just remain as a relic to their former glory. The place is nicknamed “The Boneyard” and an aerial view from above looks particularly striking.

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