Stunning footage has revealed how more than 400 jetliners grounded by the coronavirus pandemic have been parked in the California desert.
Planes owned by Southwest, Delta, FedEx and other major commercial and cargo carriers sit idle under the desert sun after having their wings clipped by worldwide lockdowns.
The Victorville facility in California is a decommissioned Air Force base. Last year, Southwest Airlines began storing its fleet of Boeing 737 Max jets there after the airplane was grounded following two fatal crashes.
What an eerie sight… hundreds of Delta and Southwest planes sit idle in Victorville due to the coronavirus pandemic.#HINews #HNN
Publiée par Hawaii News Now sur Mardi 28 avril 2020
The dry climate of these storage facilities helps reduce the risk of rust, minimizing the maintenance required to bring the planes back into service when the pandemic nightmare ends.
Alongside the Boeing 737 Max jets already being stored there, they are now joined by Boeing 747, 757, and 767, Airbus A310, A320 and McDonnell-Douglas MD-10 and MD-11 aircraft.