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.
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