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.
Abandoned planes and aircraft graveyards are popular subjects of urbex photography. This rusting Cold War collection, at Burgas Airport, is a hangover from Bulgaria’s membership of the Warsaw Pact.
The Arctic’s proximity to the Soviet Union made Alaska, Canada and Greenland ideal locations for Cold War early warning radar stations – some now hauntingly abandoned.
Known as prison ships or “prison hulks”, these decomissioned vessels were used by Britain to house prisoners of war and those awaiting transportation to penal colonies, often in horrific conditions.
California’s Suisun Bay has been home to the National Defense Reserve Fleet since the 1950s. These impressive images show the “ghost fleet” from the air, including the mighty battleship USS Iowa.
It’s been an interesting few months for lost aviation artifacts turning up on eBay! The latest is the tail fin of Lightning XP748, which sold for £308 twenty years after the remainder of the jet was scrapped.
Once New York City’s first municipal airfield, Floyd Bennett Field’s buildings are considered important examples of early aviation architecture. But despite their protected status, a number have fallen into disuse.
Anyone interested in top secret aircraft will know of the A-12 Avenger II, which was cancelled in 1991. Intriguingly, an A-12 canopy that appears to be real has appeared on eBay, valued at more than $600,000.
Opened in 1940, RAF Folkingham housed British and American troops during World War Two and nuclear missiles during the Cold War. Today, what is arguably the UK’s largest vehicle graveyard litters the remains of this lonely airfield.
In a move that will be welcomed by aviation enthusiasts on both sides of the Pond, it’s been reported that the UK’s controversially mothballed fleet of 74 Harrier Jump Jets will see active service again – but not in Britain.
There may not be much left, but its distinctive tail section and grey-green camouflage scheme identify this downed British aircraft as an RAF Harrier GR3, destroyed during the Falklands War in a raid on Goose Green.
This MiG-25 Foxbat fighter jet was uncovered from the sands of Al-Taqqadum airbase in Iraq by US-led forces in 2003. Missing its wings, the dusty interceptor was dragged out and ultimately transported to America for preservation.
An English Electric Lightning fighter jet that had languished abandoned and vandalised by the A1 road in Nottinghamshire for almost 30 years has finally been scrapped – the end of an era for UK aviation enthusiasts.
This wrecked but recognisable McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was shot down during the Vietnam War, and now occupies pride of place – along with other American wreckage – outside the People’s Air Force Museum in Hanoi.
This incredible post-Soviet aircraft graveyard lies 60 miles north of Vladivostok at the abandoned Vozdvizhenka air base. Incredibly, there is no security and urban explorers can apparently just wander onto the crumbling facility to document the gutted bombers.
When urban explorer Samuel Marshall came across an unassuming pillbox in a French forest, he was amazed to find that it led to an abandoned underground bunker five storeys deep, complete with military vehicles.