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Boneyard

The boneyard at the Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California, is one of the few that you can walk around and explore at your own pace. 

Check out Take these broken wings: Touring the Yanks Air Museum Boneyard for more about this fascinating place.

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Provider

Exit the museum's Restoration hangar and you're greeted by a Fairchild C-123 Provider that's undergoing restoration.

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That nose

Hard to mistake the bulbous nose of an Sikorsky H-34, or the S-58 as the company called it.

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Sea choppers

That's a Coast Guard Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard in the middle, and a Sea King that was once in presidential service (aka Marine One) on the left. Now they're rotor-less and awaiting restoration.

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Crusader carcass

This F-8 Crusader has seen better days.

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Engine out

Engine-less and hollow.

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Connie

The museum's Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star, aka a L-1049 Super Constellation, is on the wrong side of a fence. However, there are open-cockpit days once a month where you can have a look inside.

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Last of its kind

This example was the last EC-121 retired by the Air Force. It spent some time at the amazing Pima Air and Space Museum

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One 104

One of several F-104s at the museum. In great shape and likely out here just for storage.

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Resto

A restored A-7 nearly ready to showcase.

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Paths of dust

Once you leave the museum's hangars behind, you enter the boneyard proper. The sound just seems to die away.

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Stacks on stacks

The boneyard is home to planes, pieces of planes and many other items known and useful only to the restoration team that works here.

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Center of nowhere

Around here you're surrounded by boneyard. It's like you're no longer adjacent to an airport and could be anywhere. Like some desolate desert full of rusty machines. 

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Broken glass and steel

I made a video walking around the boneyard.

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Wings up

An F-4 Phantom II from the late '70s, needing more than just a fresh coat of paint.

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Ghost

No one I asked was quite sure about this aircraft's history. It was painted to be a movie backdrop, and all its markings are fake.

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Once high speed

Two jets from the Cold War era, an A-7 Corsair II on the left, and an F-105. Like most of the jets in the boneyard, there are multiple examples of each of these aircraft, either for future restoration or for parts.

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Foldable

The back of the E-2 Hawkeye you see when you enter the museum's parking lot.

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Hover

It took me a whole to figure out what this is. It looks, from the front, like a flat, wide truck. The sides, however, are sort of wing-shaped. Or at least, the missing parts are that shape. This view helped me figure it out; it's a hovercraft. It's the only surviving Navy PACV.

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LLTV

This gave me a bit of a shock. It seemed to be one of the only remaining Lunar Landing Training Vehicles, No. 952. I believe it's not the original, however.

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Trucks too

The boneyard holds many interesting artifacts, like trucks, some armored vehicles, and many unidentifiable (to me) machines.

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Fast fighters

A Northrop T-38A Talon an F-104, and the F-105 you saw in the last slide.

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Good Samaritan

Coming around the corner of some cargo containers and I'm surprised by the sight: several much larger aircraft along the back of the boneyard, the first being this Convair C-131 Samaritan.

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Navy flier

Delivered in 1956, this C-131 served with the US Navy until the early '80s.

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Going Commando

A Curtiss C-46 Commando. This one dates from the late 1940s. Some of these are actually still flying.

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Pan American

This aircraft, N74173, once flew with Pan Am. It wasn't as popular as the C-47/DC-3 due to higher fuel and operating costs.

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Tucked away

The nose from a Martin 4-0-4, and an old Ford F600.

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Blackbirds and Privateers

On the left is an A-4 Skyhawk that last served with VF-45. On the right is not, as it seems at first glance, a B-24. It's a PB4Y-2 Privateer.

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Coast Guard Privateer

The PB4Y was developed from the B-24 for the Navy as a long-range patrol bomber. This example served with the US Coast Guard.

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Window seats

On military Privateers these were gun turret bubbles. The single tail is one of the major differences between the PB4Y and the B-24.

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Enjoying the view

Views like this are why I love exploring boneyards. It's like another world.

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Air Force Albatross

This Grumman HU-16 Albatross looks too good to be relegated to the boneyard. Most likely it's just here for storage. A quick wash and it'd practically be museum-ready.

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Texas thunder

Another Thunderchief. This one retired from a Texas-based United States Air Force Reserve unit.

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Intruder in pieces

The other A-6E.

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Rusted turbines

Silent jet turbines.

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Beached whale

During its nearly 35 years of service, the A-3 Skywarrior was the heaviest aircraft to operate from carriers. As such it was nicknamed the Whale.

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52 pieces

The nose of a B-52

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Bygones

The Yanks Air Museum boneyard is like stepping into a post-apocalyptic world. The museum itself is great, too. 

For more about the boneyard, check out Take these broken wings: Touring the Yanks Air Museum Boneyard.  

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