No, no, thrice no.
Some planes are merely stored at the base between deployments, but for more than 80 per cent of the 4200 aircraft that call it home, it is a cemetery of steel – 350,000 items to be called on when needed.
Yes, it\’s a very nice photo from Google of the aeroplane graveyard.
The desert is a perfect place to store the mass of steel, because low humidity and rainfall means very little rust occurs.
No, it ain\’t steel. \’Coz you don\’t build planes out of steel, see? They would fly like bricks.
You build \’em out of aluminium…which doesn\’t rust.