10 Most Incredible Airplane Graveyards on Earth

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10. Mojave Air and Space Port, CA

Located north of Los Angeles, Mojave Airport can be reached via the Antelope Valley Freeway but is visible from miles away. Today, it’s a commercial and civilian aircraft flight-testing and storage facility, but it first opened in 1935 as a small, rural airfield for the local mining industry. The airport’s humble beginnings became a thing of the past in 1942, when it was redeveloped into the much larger Marine Corps Auxiliary Air Station. Later, it would become home to a massive airplane boneyard, which has now existed for decades.

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Situated at an elevation of 2,791 ft (851 m), the airport is up in the high desert. Because its dry climate, Mojave Airport has been used to accommodate hundreds of old aircraft over the years, from tiny planes such as Fokkers to massive jumbo jets like Lockheed L-1011s and Boeing 747s. All have been flown in to be chopped up into pieces, smelted down or, if they’re lucky, restored and returned to service.

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