There are numerous retirement communities in Arizona, and one of them happens to be a scrap heap that holds dozens of U.S. Air Force planes.From F-4 Phantoms to B-52 bombers, the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson takes parts of the planes it could use for future models and strips the rest for use in phones, cars, computers and more.
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One of the many functions of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is to turn planes like these into scrap metal.
This old Air Force supply carrier is going to be torn apart and broken down into tiny pieces in a process that takes just two hours.
Items in the plane like this control panel and the miles of wiring will be saved, but the rest is about to be seriously crushed.
After seeing what could be salvaged from the plan, Air Force worker Ramon Martinez heads towards the CAT.
Simultaneous views of the inside and outside shows the sheer force and efficiency the CAT uses to dominate the plane.
The crushed parts are then transported a half mile away to the final phase of the recycling at this fancy conveyer belt.
After the larger pieces are pounded into much smaller ones, a magnet keeps the metal pieces up top while the plastic parts head down this chute.
Workers ensure that no metal pieces ended up here, and then the remaining plastic pieces are given one final crush before being sent away.
What was an aircraft just two hours ago is now a massive pile of plastic pieces, which will be sent away to help construct your electronic devices.
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