Forgotten military bases and abandoned hardware constitute many fascinating modern ruins, while educating us about our past and informing us of the heroic deeds carried out by previous generations across the world. Join us as we explore crumbling wartime airfields, isolated research stations, even top secret aircraft, and much more.
The Groom Lake air base in Nevada, popularly known as Area 51, has been used to test top secret aircraft for decades. Some have even been buried at the site, and there’s evidence that many more unacknowledged projects rest deep beneath the ground.
I wasn’t expecting to find battle-hardened antiques lying around my parents’ kitchen, but this year I finally discovered that the metal plates they use to keep food warm were present at the Battle of Passchendaele.
This aircraft graveyard in Moscow stands on what used to be Khodynka Aerodrome, a newly redeveloped area of the city where rusting Soviet relics contrast with modern Russia.
As prime minister David Cameron reportedly considers military intervention in Syria, Britain’s dismantled Harrier GR9 force bakes beneath the sun of the Arizona desert.
When Captain ‘Fred’ Eaton, Jr crash landed B-17 Flying Fortress 41-2446 in Papua New Guinea in 1942, he and his crew could never have imagined that, 70 years later, their aircraft would be on display in California.
A rare first person article on Urban Ghosts but couldn’t resist this one – the author stands in front of a Vulcan bomber, arms out stretched, in 1984 and 2012 respectively.
During World War Two, hundreds of airfields were hastily constructed across the United Kingdom. Their remains are often still visible today as ghostly reminders on the landscape.
Lightning XN728 became a famous – perhaps notorious – landmark of Britain’s A1 road between 1983 and 1988. Now, the aircraft has been brilliantly immortalized in the form of a model diorama.
Lying in 50 metres of water off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the remarkably intact B-17 Flying Fortress “Black Jack”, discovered in 1986, is one of the most unique and important Pacific aircraft wrecks.
This gutted Russian tank abandoned where it was destroyed during the Indochina War is a potent reminder of why Laos remains so dangerous – and why tourists should stick to well worn paths due to unexploded ordnance (UXO).
Avro Vulcan XM597 made a heroic emergency landing in Rio de Janeiro during the Falklands War, but in later life the ex-nuclear bomber aircraft has become a home for nesting swallows.
Despite the presence of the Borders Gliding Club, little remains to betray the history of this grass expanse at Milfield in the English county of Northumberland.
Adjacent to the East Coast Main Line in the Scottish town of Leuchars is a disused section of railway track that disappears into the front line RAF Leuchars military base.
Two jet engines from a US military surveillance aircraft sit outside the Scottish National Museum of Modern Art – filled with three different types of anti-psychotic drugs.
It may not look like much today, but this long, narrow field situated on farmland in Northumberland was one of RAF Boulmer’s substantial runways during World War Two.