Junkyard Jets, James Douglas Scroggins III and Nicholas A. Veronico, 2010, ISBN 10 0-9830-6063-0, 192 pp.
Junkyard Jets is a delightfully hefty book on a subject unknown to most. Packed to almost overflowing with unique photographs this book is also insightful, teaching many surprising aspects of this vital industry that most of us unknowingly benefit from everyday.
Naturally, the re-purposing and recycling of aircraft is addressed in a conversant way whereby the details of the industry are easily understood. Then there are the delightful discoveries, such as the many photos of how junkyard jets have been used on TV and film sets (cinema art as it is termed in the book).
Scroggins and Veronico’s book doesn’t skip around, rather, this is an expert book on the subject so its various aspects are intelligently illustrated. The chapter headings show the breadth and intrigue within the book:
- Airliner Retirement and Storage
- Jetliner Dismantling and Recycling
- Incident Aircraft
- Airframes for Testing
- Aviation Cinema Art
- Major Aircraft Storage & Dismantling Facilities
The book’s hundreds of images (aircraft is all manner of rest and distress) and dozens of information gems (such as the SOFIA project and cockpit sections for trainers as well as museums) make this a great book not only for the aviation historian but a wonderful book for film buffs, as well.