Note — click photo thumbnail images to see full sized photos. Folks ask if they really exist, and if so, where are they? The answer is yes, these boneyards do exist. It is the civilian analog to Edwards AFB, which is aircraft ground service guide down the road a few miles.
Mojave is home to number of cutting edge aircraft companies, including Scaled Composites, which recently flew the first civilian manned space flight. Update — The photos below are views from a visit to Mojave in early 2011. While there were about 75 aircraft on the field, the number of aircraft stored at Mojave is nowhere near what it once was. This is the central depot for all US military planes that are pulled out of service and put into storage. The AMARC puts these planes into long term storage, often covering them with a white plastic coating called Spraylat to protect the aircraft from the elements. It was the headquarters for CIA air cargo operations during the cold war and Vietnam.
This included airline names such as Air America and Southern Air Transport. After WWII, thousands of surplus aircraft were stored at the NAS Litchfield Park. Most of the aircraft that they operate are WWII vintage and early post WWII era propeller aircraft. The Marlboro Man — This 1991 movie features Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson. 500 within the 48 contiguous states. 2,000 lbs in maximum certified takeoff weight.