Mojave, California: Airplane Graveyard

Vast inventory of retired jets sit in the desert. Visitors have been kept at a distance since 9/11, but you can see the airplanes from miles away.

Mojave Airport

Airport Blvd., Mojave, CA
Mojave Airport. East of town, north of Mojave-Barstow Hwy.
Tours of Main Flightline available, not scrap areas.
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Airplane graveyard. Airplane Graveyard

Just an FYI, you can't get close to the planes and I was told not to take pictures of them because they are still active....

[BillieJo, 03/26/2014]
Control tower. Airplane Graveyard

The airplane graveyard can be hit or miss in terms of what's in stock when you visit. I've been three times, with varying numbers of planes. There's always something to see, though, so it's well worth a quick detour off the 14.

[BR, 10/07/2011]
Airplane Graveyard - Space Ship One

My dad drove my family out the the airplane graveyard because he had to drive up there for his work and it was on our way to Edwards AFB. It was a really cold Sunday morning when my family got to the town and took a joy ride. I saw some really old jets and other planes, including a C-130. Also the air/space port have a little park with a rocket, and Space Ship One on display now.

[Felicia Avendano, 11/22/2008]
Planes lines up. Airplane Graveyard

I'm in the film industry in Los Angeles and they use this airport for filming a LOT! I've worked on several commercials, movies and TV there, including "Hot Shots" and "Jag." They also launched the first non-NASA manned space flight "SpaceShipOne" from there.

[Tony Potter, 04/25/2007]
Airplane Graveyard

This is a storage area for surplus and obsolete airliners. It is also a major site for aircraft modification work, research (Burt Rutan, designer of SpaceShip One, has his facilities here) and test flying for commercial companies. The blue and white jet at the main entrance is an extremely rare Convair 990, a commercial failure from the early 1960's. This is also one of the few places in the US to see Vietnam-era F-4 Phantoms in operation -- they are turned into target drones at the BAE Systems hangar here. Mojave is a good place to see strange and rare aircraft, in addition to its proximity to Edwards AFB, the Air Force's test center with its own population of unusual planes.

[Jim Atkins, 05/27/2006]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Rotary Rocket Roton and Space Ship One ReplicaRotary Rocket Roton and Space Ship One Replica, Mojave, CA - < 1 mi.
Desert Truck Service ManDesert Truck Service Man, Mojave, CA - 2 mi.
S.S. MinnowS.S. Minnow, Tehachapi, CA - 10 mi.
In the region:
Haunted Gravity Hill, Altadena, CA - 60 mi.

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