Some Assembly Required #14585
$29.00 – $499.00
It looks like military cargo plane 99-4 is laid up in an airplane graveyard with no hope of parole in sight. The dents, damage, and dismemberment are permanent which certainly means the end. Actually, what appears to be a whole airplane is simply Frankenstein-ed together for appearances with the fuselage laid perpendicularly across several other plane bodies. Three of the engines with props were set down in line beside it. Having run out of room, one engine is left stranded on the ground with a bent prop. The wings have flown too which have been cut off to transport this military cargo plane here. If you look closely, the fuselage has been split lengthwise with the bottom missing.
This mixed salvage yard lies close to Fort Dix so it contains military airplane parts, cut down planes including jet fighters, a few helicopters, and random military air surplus. There are traditional junkyard things too like cars, trucks, and buses. Overall, this junkyard contains anything made of metal. In this picture, you can see an upturned bathtub, a Mack truck, a heavy crane, warehouse racking, an airport tow motor and cart, and a four-cylinder engine.
Much of it is piled and stacked up due to the limited acreage. The sheer density of the place can be surprising. Nearly every inch is in use and occupied by something or other. The main roads are clear, but there are plenty of narrow rabbit paths through narrow nooks and crannies. That made for some tight fits going through carrying shooting equipment. I swear, this guy never gets rid of anything.
With this old military cargo plane stacked on its brethren this way, I’ll call this creative junking. In a way, this pseudo-plane is a different kind of impromptu sculpture in aircraft-grade aluminum which certainly pulls interest and the eye. That could apply to much of the entire junkyard which is also part airplane graveyard. This was a fascinating and unique place to shoot, a junkyard like no other I’ve seen. Maybe it was done not only for salvage sake but maybe a little fun too.
Location: near Atco, Camden County, New Jersey.
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