Peter Bild
Photography

The Boneyard

Travel

Decommissioned planes are brought to this boneyard in Tucson, Arizona because of dry climate and hard desert soil. It’s easier to preserve the machines in dry air, and their wheels can roll on this type of soil.

Some of the planes come here to be modernized and get back into the air. Some become spare part donors. And some are recycled to get aluminium. The metal in that can of soda you recently had — it could have been flying 30’000 feet (10 km) high in the sky a few years ago. Seeing hundreds of giant mechanisms lost in an even more giant desert gives an incredible experience of silence that can be “seen” in these photos.