Look: Hundreds of Grounded Planes Parked in the Mojave Desert [Video]

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • The Southern California Logistics Airport, located in the Mojave Desert town of Victorville, is currently using one of its two runways to accommodate grounded planes by Delta, Southwest, and FedEx.
  • Amateur pilot and video editor Bryan Keith, who was granted permission to fly over the said airport, shared a unique look at hundreds of parked planes.
  • “I don’t think anybody has ever seen anything like that, except possibly after 9/11. But that only lasted for a couple of days,” he remarked.

The global restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic has forced U.S. airlines to ground their planes and store them at various locations around the country.

One airport, in particular, now serves as the temporary home to hundreds of grounded airliners.

The Southern California Logistics Airport, located in the Mojave Desert town of Victorville, shut down one of its two runways to accommodate hundreds of grounded planes by Delta, Southwest, and FedEx.

Amateur pilot and video editor Bryan Keith, who was granted permission to fly over the said airport, shared a unique look at the parked planes.

According to the airport’s tower controllers, the exact number of planes stores there is still unknown, though they estimate it to be “over 400.” They are still expecting more to arrive in the future.

In the video, long lines of planes parked closely together can be seen up and down the runway area.

Keith remarked, “I don’t even want to know how many billions of dollars of jets are down there.”

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Keith explained that he had always known that the dry and remote location served as a “storage depot for airplanes that are usually either being scrapped or reused for parts.” This is also where ComAv Technical Services, a kind of storage facility company for these big airlines, operates.

So while he’s restricted his own flying habits, he “figured a quick hop over to Victorville would make an interesting flight.”

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Keith describes the scene as unnatural and unique, for it “underscores this unique moment in history.”

Keith has been flying recreationally for over a decade. But as he told PEOPLE, he’s never seen that many grounded planes before.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen anything like that, except possibly after 9/11. But that only lasted for a couple of days,” he remarked.

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He continued, “They want to be flying. They want to be taking us to visit our family, our friends, and far away destinations that we’ve always dreamed about. They were meant to bring the world together in a time when we need to stay apart.”

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Keith’s video has since been viewed more than 3 million times.

Source: PEOPLE

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