My father's B-24 was turned into scrap in a Kingston, Arizona plane grave yard. She was the last B-24 to be scrapped, they were hoping someone would by her. Not a very fitting end to an old war horse
I've read how old planes were melted down and turned into pots and pans, etc. Because some of their things are very old, everytime I go to my grandparent's house I can't help but think, "Did I just make spaghetti with a P-51 or something?"
Plus after the war those surplus warbirds were dirt cheap to buy if someone wanted one.
Even my father could have afforded to buy a war surplus B-17 after the war.Too bad that the majority of all those warbirds were scrapped and recycled to make washing machines,other consumer goods etc.I don't think that there are many collectors of vintage 1950's washing machines,pots and pans etc.
It's kind of the same thing with vintage automobiles.Right now 1950's cars were considered junkers in the 60's and 70's but now they have great value when restored.I remember seeing for sale signs on those old cars for $100 or $300 back in the 70's if they ran or were in somewhat decent condition.
Joe thanks for the article.
Son of a U.S.A.A.F. 15th Air Force 463rd bomb group 772nd squadron B17 pilot.
Video of my dad on a B-17(So you can kind of meet him-he passed away in 2004)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGOP53TkGtA