Friday, March 20, 2009

I have visited the Air Force bone yard in Tucson before. This is where they have planes saved for use later or for spares for what they have.This year I went down the street to a private junk yard where they take the items that have been totally stripped and recover the base metals. They also let you wonder through a lot of the area.


Old jet engines fascinate me. The old burner tubes. I would love to take one apart.
Instruments are useful.
Landing gear and wing tanks.
Old F-86 Fuselage's. These are at least 50 years old. Someone just doesn't have the heart to melt them down.
Jet canopies. What could you use these for?
Old radial engines are works of art.
It looks like they needed the jugs, but not much else.

15 comments:

rob ijbema said...

would love to go and paint a place like that,so much ugly beauty...
that old f86 fuselage looks great!

Mike said...

Thanks for stopping by. When I got back and uploaded the pictures, the one of thr radial engine up close made me think of you immediatly. Feel free to use any of my pictures to artistisize. Remember I am an engineer not an english major.

rob ijbema said...

thank you mike
who knows!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

In case you miss it on Mary's blog...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!! Have a WONDERFUL day!!

2sweetnsaxy said...

That looks like a really interesting place to wander around. How often does one get to see stuff like this. Planes are just amazing.

Mary suggested we come over and wish you a Happy Birthday! :-)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Popped over from Mary's blog to say Happy Birthday Mike. She didn't mention which birthday though. Great photos of the Tucson boneyard! A

Sandy said...

Hey Mike, happy birthday! I gotta remember to visit your blog...

Mary said...

Happy Birthday Mike! (Mine was yesterday)

Mary in Florida

fishing guy said...

Mike: Happy Birthday, just dropping over from Mary's blog. I enjoyed your photos of the fancy jet junkyard.

The Birdlady said...

Happy Birthday to you...
Happy birthday to....etc.
A little bird told me!

BTW, you and my husband are of like minds. (And he's from Evansville, too.)

Becky and Gary said...

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE. SURE HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL DAY, AND GOT ALL THE PRESENTS YOU ASKED FOR...
B&G

Kelly said...

...was just at Mary's blog.....Happy Birthday!! Interesting post...liked the eagle photo too!

Roy said...

Happy Birthday Mike.

Rose said...

What a place to visit? Never thought of having a plane junkyard!

BTW, happy belated birthday! My husband's is today.

Mike said...

Thank you's to everyone that wished me a happy birthday! I will get even with Mary somehow and it is only a few weeks away (May 10).