In mid-day heat of the arid Arizona desert sit the remains of a Boeing airliner and a US Navy fighter jet and engines stacked  at the storage facility at Davis Monthan, Tucson. Here, the fate of the world’s retired civil airliners and military aircraft are decided by age or a cooling economy and are either cannibalised for still-working parts or recycled for scrap, their aluminium fuselages worth more than their sum total. After a lifetime of safe flight, wings are clipped and cockpits sliced apart by huge guillotines, cutting through their once-magnificant engineering. Picture from the 'Plane Pictures' project, a celebration of aviation aesthetics and flying culture, 100 years after the Wright brothers first 12 seconds/120 feet powered flight at Kitty Hawk,1903. 
 (image by Richard Baker)
In mid-day heat of the arid Arizona desert sit the remains of a Boeing airliner and a US Navy fighter jet and engines stacked at the storage facility at Davis Monthan, Tucson. Here, the fate of the world’s retired civil airliners and military aircraft are decided by age or a cooling economy and are either cannibalised for still-working parts or recycled for scrap, their aluminium fuselages worth more than their sum total. After a lifetime of safe flight, wings are clipped and cockpits sliced apart by huge guillotines, cutting through their once-magnificant engineering. Picture from the 'Plane Pictures' project, a celebration of aviation aesthetics and flying culture, 100 years after the Wright brothers first 12 seconds/120 feet powered flight at Kitty Hawk,1903.
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