Once powerful fighting planes - today condemned for salvage ... these obsolete aircraft were filmed?
Once powerful fighting planes - today condemned for salvage ... these obsolete aircraft were filmed recently at the Davis-Monthan Airforce Base, near Tucson, Arizona.
The base, headquarters for the disposal, maintenance and storage of all United States Air Force planes, is now simply a "boneyard". Obsolete aircraft are brought to Tucson and chopped into pieces for metal salvage. All usable parts are first stripped off, re-furbished and placed back into service.
One victim of the disposal programme, is the B-36 bomber -- some 300 were built at a cost of three million dollars. The B-36, never used in combat, became obsolete in peacetime. Some of the engines can be used in Super Constellations ... in the K-97 tanker... or the Globemaster. But the reminder of the 900-million dollar B-36 programme is waste metal.
National Metals Company has a contract with the Federal Government to buy carcasses of the planes. These are melted down at the Tucson base producing valuable aluminium ingots.
Some planes are salvaged intact and sold to private buyers or foreign governments. From sale of surplus aircraft, salvaged parts and reclamation of waste metals, the Arizona store depot realized 40 million dollars last year.