When the military decides the time has come to retire one their aircraft, it’s usually sent to rest on a spot of desert in the 2,600 acres of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Commonly known as the “Boneyard.”
The arid Arizona climate is ideal for preserving airplane components, in the event the military decides it suddenly needs an old plane or its parts. This enchanting timelapse reveals a desolate scene and a stunning backdrop—the hope of renewal somehow captured among the sad slate of discarded aircraft. Enjoy a tour of massive cargo airplanes, light jet trainers, and the empty shells of once-deadly helicopters.