Beijing’s Broken Birds

ROGER SOUPART TAKES A STROLL THROUGH THE CHINA S AVIATION MUSEUM’S ‘BONEYARD’

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One of the Chinese collection’s visually striking Il-10s. As can be seen, this example remains on its undercarriage.

Aircraft dumps, especially those of World War Two, with hundreds or thousands of hulks awaiting scrapping have always held special interest for enthusiasts. Lines of broken birds, be it at Kingman, Arizona, or Biak in what was then the Dutch East Indies, or Guam in the Western Pacific, or any other desolate airfield are the stuff of dreams.

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