How Airplanes Are Recycled?

Ever wonder what happens to all the airplanes? They get recycled and turned into circuit boards for use in phones, computers and TVs. So, how they do it?

Welcome to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tuscon, Arizona! Davis-Monthan is a jet plane junkyard for U.S.A.F, United States Air Force. At Davis, you can find everything from F4 Phantoms to Boeing 52 Stratofortress where they get resurrected into something new. The estimated number of retiring airplanes in the next 20 years is 12,000, which means a great range of business and employment opportunities along with thousands of kilograms of recycled material to be used in various fields of work including construction sector, electronic and automotive industry. Aircraft and thus airplane recycling as a continuously expanding business is based on a number of innovative strategies to manage end-of- life airplanes and aircrafts. Considering the high-priced airplane spare parts, dangerous, even hazardous materials to be taken out of retired aircrafts and the potential risk of occupational accidents, it becomes easier to figure out that airplane recycling is not a simple job for any dismantling scrap yard. The practice of airplane recycling requires professional equipments and employees. This enjoyable video illustrates the recycling process of end-of- life airplanes.

Check it out and see how they're turned into something totally new!