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woofiedog
04-10-2005, 01:09 AM
Found this article on the SimHq Web Page about the Aircraft Boneyards.
Written by Tom "20mm" Hayden

Link: http://www.simhq.com/_air3/air_119a.html

Boneyard. It reminds me of another word: junkyard. I associate images of sun-bleached skeletons carelessly strewn in the desert, everything of value having been picked clean from them long ago... A place relics whose time has passed, or those with wounds too deep to heal are discarded. Lost and forgotten. Or worse.

http://www.simhq.com/_air3/images/air_119a_001t.jpg

Over 4,000 of them on 2,600 acres of desert, they wait for whatever fate will befall them. Their canopies covered with white Spraylat, like hunting birds of prey wearing their hoods, they wait for the chance to fly again. But will they? Will these warrior craft which have flown in all parts of the world ever leave the ground again? They have seen combat, stared the enemy down face to face, taken their pilots and crews into danger and brought them safely home. And now they are here, where old aircraft go to die.

http://www.simhq.com/_air3/images/air_119a_010t.jpg

I heard a story about a B1-B Lancer bomber crew who had flown their aircraft to Davis Monthan Air Force base for the last time, because it was being retired. A reserved spot in the Boneyard. As they turned to walk away from the aircraft for the last time, emotion got the better of them and there were no dry eyes. "That's a beautiful aircraft." they were heard to say.

http://www.simhq.com/_air3/images/air_119a_004t.jpg

Deedsundone
04-10-2005, 03:02 AM
Wasn´t the B1 Lancer made to replace the B52,or am I way out in the blue?

-HH- Beebop
04-10-2005, 10:37 AM
Very interesting. I always wondered how they "mothballed" aircraft.

Do you have anything on "mothballing" ships? I would imagine the process would be similar but they have so much interior space.

You are an encyclopedia of knowledge.

woofiedog
04-10-2005, 02:01 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif I'll post some of my old Ship from in my Navy day's. They show her being scraped.

LStarosta
04-10-2005, 06:06 PM
I say, burn the Hornets, and restore the Tomcats.

woofiedog
04-11-2005, 02:25 AM
The USS Biddle DLG-34/CG-34...

Under Construction

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/construction_08.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/construction_06.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/construction_12.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/construction_15.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/construction_21.jpg

In Service

Links:
"The Night Of The MiGs."
http://www.ussbiddle.org/history/migs.html

The Biddle helps two F-14s down a pair of Libyan Su-22 Fitters.
http://www.ussbiddle.org/history/fitter_engagement.html

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/launching_02.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/underway_blacksea.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/underway_norlant.jpg

The Last Day's of the USS Biddle

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/decline_Jrf-5.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/decline_Jrf-1.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/decline_hangar.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/decline_fantail.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/decline_lewis03.jpg

http://www.ussbiddle.org/pictures/allen_p0002758.jpg