The Unintentional Aircraft Graveyard at Long Marston Airfield

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Aircraft graveyards can be compelling and lead to atmospheric urbex photography, but nevertheless it’s sad to see historic aircraft rusting away and left to the mercy of vandals.  Such are the problems that often befall small aviation museums – in this case the one at Long Marston, a former World War Two airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon – as enthusiasts constantly battle both funding problems and the elements.

(Images: True British Metal, cc-nc-sa-3.0)

According to Midlands Heritage, some of the smaller airframes were rescued by the East Midlands Aeropark, while the larger ones, including an Avro Shackleton previously based at RAF Cosford, have been left to rot.  Documented by urban explorers, the museum has been transformed by time into an aircraft graveyard.  Other historic airframes on the site include a Gloster Meteor (the first British jet fighter) and a Westland Whirlwind helicopter.

Keep reading – explore this military aircraft graveyard at Burgas in Bulgaria and this buried MiG-25 Foxbat jet unearthed from the Iraqi desert.



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