20 Spectacular Military Abandonments of the World

Forgotten military bases, aircraft graveyards, vehicles and other objects present some of the most compelling and historically intriguing abandonments. And due to conflict throughout the 20th Century and beyond, virtually every continent on Earth offers a rich repository of military relics and modern ruins. In remote corners of the world where shipwrecks abound, aircraft lie where they crash landed decades earlier, weeds sprout from the cracks of long-disused runways, and lonely control towers betray the location of forgotten airbases returned to farmland. In this article, we’ll explore 20 examples of such historic abandonments and more.

(Image: Maks Maydachenco, reproduced with permission)

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  • Someguy

    I think your code is broken. None of the thumbnails are working links.

  • Someguy

    I think your code is broken. None of the thumbnails are working links.

  • http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com Tom

    Thanks for letting us know.  I can see the thumbnails fine on my machine but have checked and can’t see them on other computers.  Are you using a Mac?  We’re working to resolve the issue, hopefully it’ll be sorted asap.

  • http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com Tom

    Thanks for letting us know.  I can see the thumbnails fine on my machine but have checked and can’t see them on other computers.  Are you using a Mac?  We’re working to resolve the issue, hopefully it’ll be sorted asap.

  • guest

    Same issue, Windows 7

  • guest

    Same issue, Windows 7

  • Duncan

    Tom,
    I am disappointed that the Newark Electric Lightening is not mentioned. Granted, there can’t be much of it left these days, but think it should get a mention for old times sake. :) Keep up the great work.

  • Duncan

    Tom,
    I am disappointed that the Newark Electric Lightening is not mentioned. Granted, there can’t be much of it left these days, but think it should get a mention for old times sake. :) Keep up the great work.

  • Duncan

    Tom,
    I am disappointed that the Newark Electric Lightening is not mentioned. Granted, there can’t be much of it left these days, but think it should get a mention for old times sake. :) Keep up the great work.

  • Kreso

    Zeljava airport is not listed here.
    It is a military airport, which is located on the border between Croatian & Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Construction started about 1960, and the entire complex was at that time cost 4 billion dollars.

    Today, the whole complex is in ruins, the surrounding area is mined, but the tunnels are passable
    http://zeljava-lybi.com/Zeljava-index2_eng.html

 
 
 
 
 

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