Abandoned Aircraft, Airfields, Airbases and Airport Terminals

Aircraft are a landmark development of human history, and changed the course of the 20th century.  They connect us with distant parts of the world in ways that ships and railways never could, and have been adapted for passenger travel, air transport, fire fighting, search and rescue and, of course, as weapons of war.  But like cars and trains, aircraft have a shelf-life and are often recycled when their time comes.  Sometimes, however, they’re just abandoned, often in remote areas, along with the airfields and bases that once served them.

Keep reading: 10 Abandoned International Airports of the World

(Images: Steven Brown, CC-SA-2.0; Missy S, CC-ND-2.0; and Google Earth)

Some abandoned airfields are former military bases, often witnessing great acts of history and steeped in military tradition. In Britain, hundreds of airfields were built hurriedly during World War Two and reverted back to farmland a few years later when hostilities ceased. Their extensive infrastructures often linger on today, with vast runways, hangars or sometimes just crumbling control towers to tell the story of their wartorn plight – and glory.

Abandoned Airfields and Airbases

(Images: Reagan Blundell, cc-sa-2.0; Google Earth)

Wittstock Airbase, Germany: The extensive ruins of this former Soviet military base once housed the feared MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jet, along with a quota of MiG-23 Floggers.  Later used by the German Air Force before falling into dereliction, the long runway at Wittstock Airbase (also known as Daber-Alt) is now used for car racing, while the hangars provide space for music events, including the summer Fullmoon Festival.  But despite its newfound usage, much of the vast site stands abandoned, with most of its original buildings still extant in various states of disrepair.

 

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  • Crazymon

    Nicosia not Nicrosia

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clinton-H-Groves/1343790548 Clinton H Groves

    Even worse than abandonment, I’ve been told that Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California may be leased to the Chinese as a good will getrure by the Obama Administration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clinton-H-Groves/1343790548 Clinton H Groves

    Even worse than abandonment, I’ve been told that Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California may be leased to the Chinese as a good will getrure by the Obama Administration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clinton-H-Groves/1343790548 Clinton H Groves

    Even worse than abandonment, I’ve been told that Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California may be leased to the Chinese as a good will getrure by the Obama Administration.

  • JJRichey

    This reminds me of when I was at logistics school at Camp Johnson, NC, for the Marines. I went for a walk and a few miles from the school there lies an abandoned helicopter, I think it was a sea sprite or jolly green giant or something similar.

  • JJRichey

    This reminds me of when I was at logistics school at Camp Johnson, NC, for the Marines. I went for a walk and a few miles from the school there lies an abandoned helicopter, I think it was a sea sprite or jolly green giant or something similar.

  • JJRichey

    This reminds me of when I was at logistics school at Camp Johnson, NC, for the Marines. I went for a walk and a few miles from the school there lies an abandoned helicopter, I think it was a sea sprite or jolly green giant or something similar.

  • Zenigata

    And it’s in Cyprus, not “Cypress”…

  • Claude P

    Was in Guam in the early 50’s and saw all the caves and pill boxes used by the Japanese which were scorched by flame throwers. Lot of live ammo and many artifacts for a teen ager to haul back to the US.

 
 
 
 
 
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