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 foreboding Kola Peninsula in northwest Russia is home to an incredible Soviet submarine graveyard near the naval base of Olenya Bay. Today, the base – and its rusting subs – represent one of the most bleak naval facilities on the planet.
Put to sea in 1866, the Sub Marine Explorer must be one of the oldest known submersible wrecks. Built for the Pacific Pearl Company but later abandoned in 1869, Explorer was “rediscovered” in 2001 despite being well known to locals.
Finmere was one of hundreds of military bases hurriedly constructed across Britain at the outset of World War Two. Its tenure was shortlived, but the former runway, control tower and various abandoned buildings are still extant today.
Fierce fighting during the Kosovo War of 1998 – 1999 saw many armoured vehicles destroyed and aircraft shot down, including this ill-fated Yugoslav MiG-29 fighter jet downed by NATO forces on March 27, 1999 outside the town of Ugljevik.
This wrecked MiG-21bis fighter plane was downed during an attack on the Croatian village of Saborsko on November 9, 1991. Its mangled metal looks like a piece of urban art, but also stands as a tragic reminder of the events that came to pass nearby.
The UK is home to a number of abandoned villages that urban explorers definitely do not want to infiltrate. Many of them dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086, the villages are now used to train soldiers in close quarters combat for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Known as technology demonstrators and operating from the top secret Groom Lake, these groundbreaking designs tested low observable technologies and proved that stealth aircraft could operate behind enemy lines with a high degree of survivability.
This article features a series of photographs by Sameli Kujala, depicting a Saab 35 Draken fighter plane that had been neglected and vandalised in northern Finland. One of the lucky survivors, the aircraft has now been rescued and reassembled.
The western United States is famous for abandoned mines and ghost towns, but this slice of Old West history is notable because it occupies land overlooking the classified Groom Lake test site in Nevada, known to the world as Area 51.
Fiona Banner’s recent Harrier and Jaguar exhibition at Tate Britain, featuring two retired fighter planes, captivated the modern art loving audience. But aviation enthusiasts will be shocked to learn that the decommissioned jets may have been sold for scrap.
The Harrier Jump Jet is one of Britain’s finest aviation achievements and one of the most iconic military jets ever built. But as it bows out of UK service following controversial budget cuts, we take a visual look at the Harrier’s distinguished career from design to retirement.
A former Russian official has been jailed for 11 years for illegally selling four MiG-31 Foxbat fighter jets for just £3 each, in a scandal that cost the state around $55 million..
In 2007, a P-38 Lightning Fighter that crash landed on a beach in Wales in 1942 reappeared for the first time in 65 years. Dubbed the Maid of Harlech, a race is on to recovered the abandoned aircraft. Fortunately, it is once again hidden from prying eyes by the shifting sand.
This stunning capture of the underground galleries at Fort de Roppe near Belfort, France, has featured as one of Wikimedia Commons’ pictures of the day. The underground galleries were built during the First World War to connect the fort to the troop shelter.
On October 8, 1970 a C-121 Lockheed Constellation named “Pegasus” crashed landed at a remote airstrip in Antarctica while attempting to touch down in near-zero visibility conditions. The aircraft is still there today!