As of 2015, the type of planes that can be found at the various aircraft graveyards in the deserts of the United States include a mix of both military and commercial planes. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, which is also know as The Boneyard, is the storage place of disused military aircraft, such as Hercules freighters, F-14 Tomcat fighters and A10 Thunderbolts. Commercial aircraft disposal sites contains retired airplane models, such as the A300-600R jetliner.
Aircraft storage and disposal yards serves the purpose of maintaining disused aircraft with the aim of either reclaiming usable spare parts or storing planes that are only temporarily out of service. Military aircraft graveyards generally are filled with planes dating back to the Vietnam or Cold War eras, such as nuclear-capable B-52 bombers. Planes are generally parked in an aircraft graveyard in various states and can have certain parts, such as their noses or wings, missing.
As of 2015, The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the designation location for all U.S. government aircraft that have been placed out of service. Aircraft stored in this location are divided into four categories, which are long term, parts reclamation, excess to Department of Defense needs and flying hold.