Not too long ago, a friend of mine sent me a link to aerial photographs of airplane boneyards here in Arizona. I’m not sure exactly what he said when he sent them, but it was something along the lines of “Dude, that would be a cool place to take photographs.” I agreed, read up on them and quickly found that photography of these aircraft boneyards is strictly forbidden.
A few months later, WIRED asked me to go and follow Noah Landis as he scavenged parts at Pinal Airpark in Marana, Ariz for his LA-based 8,000-square-foot apparel factory. So, yeah, I was pretty excited. I was supposed to meet Landis and friend/writer Alan Devenish at the Airpark, somewhere, though the exact location was a bit hard to pin down. After waiting outside for a bit, I decided to drive into the park, thinking maybe I misinterpreted our meeting location. I think I got about 100-yards before I started seeing signs that said essentially, No Photographs, Or We’ll Take Your Cameras and Leave You For Dead. So, uh, I turned around.
Devenish put it best:
“It’s a hot, dusty place where military personnel carriers drove past our car and signs at the entrance warn against entering or taking pictures.
We, of course, were here to do both.”
Check out the entire story on our adventures through the airplane boneyards over at WIRED.