What a large field of aircraft

US airforcePictures have been released of the US military’s aircraft scrap pile.

The site used to be home to the US’s Top Guns – state of the art flying fortresses and fighters that used to soar above Vietnam to Afghanistan.

However, all these planes are now bombed out and gathering dust with thousands of other aircraft in the Arizona desert.

Google Earth photos have put the spotlight on The Boneyard, an 11sq km plot where 60 years and £22billion of US military history is kept.

Among the 4,400 planes and helicopters, the field contains:

  • B-52 bombers
  • A-10 Thunderbolt ‘Tank-Busters’
  • F-14 Tomcats (as flown by Tom Cruise in Top Gun)
  • C-141 Starlifters – ordered by John F Kennedy and used in Vietnam, Grenada and Iraq
  • Soviet-designed MiG fighters used to be stored there but have since been given to museums.

This site, officially known as the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, has appeared in several films, the most recent being Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.

Much of the equipment is out of service but many machines can be restored, sold or used for parts.

‘The dry climate minimises damage caused by corrosion,’ explained a spokesman for the base.