Bomb Group

380th Bomb Group Association

NEWSLETTER #42 -- Spring 2010

Air Force Guillotine at Kingman, Arizona (1947)

These photos were taken April 1947 by Peter Stackpole at Kingman, Arizona, for LIFE magazine.  

At the end of WWII, there was a huge surplus of aircraft. What would become of this vast armada, much of it obsolete? The government decided to scrap or sell almost $10 billion worth of fighters, bombers, and transport planes. Several bases, including Chico, CA, and Kingman, AZ, were quickly converted into junkyards. Planes had their engines and other steel parts removed, while the more valuable aluminum was melted for reuse.

To read more about the history of the Air Force boneyards:   http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/it/1993/4/1993_4_8.shtml



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