This is an Google Maps aerial shot of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), AKA "The Boneyard", a 2,600 acre facility that serves as the final resting place for over 4,200 US aircraft (I'm gonna go steal a Warthog!).
Located in Tucson, Arizona, on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the facility was first set up shortly after World War II. It was chosen for its high altitude and arid conditions, that mean the aircraft can be left outdoors without deteriorating too quickly.
Officials at the base say that the parts reclaimed and aircraft withdrawn turns every tax dollar spent into 11 dollars in return.
Sure this is where all the good planes go when they die, but where do all the bad planes go? *clearing throat* I feel a song coming on!
Where do bad planes go when they die?
They don't go to the Boneyard where the plangels fly
Go to a place of fire and fry
Shoot those dirty bastards right outta the sky
And into a f***ing volcano! PEW PEW, PEW PEW PEW!!
Hit the Google Maps link to explore the Boneyard yourself.
Thanks to sham and Remy, who have both sat in decommissioned aircraft and made airplane noises. Fun! "NEEEEEOOOOOOOWRRRR RATATATATATATAT!"