WWII vehicle boneyards were essentially war machine landfills
A graveyard for surplus B-52 bombers at Davis-Monthan airbase in the Arizona desert.
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When World War II drew to a close in 1945, the Allies had a massive surplus of military vehicles on their hands. The United States alone had manufactured approximately 294,000 aircraft for the war
Many of the aircraft that survived the war were not worth the expense of transportation back to the States, and were dumped or destroyed in their theatre of operation.
Of the planes that did return, many were stripped of valuable components and melted down for their aluminum.
At Kingman Air Force Base in Arizona, an estimated 5,500 aircraft were stored and scrapped in 1945 and 1946. While many vehicles were sold for metal and parts, others were repurposed for civilian use. Tanks and half-tracks were disarmed and reformatted as tractors and bulldozers. Read more…