The Arizona desert is home to retired people... and more than a few retired planes. In 2008, we located a Pan Am Boeing 707 in one of the salvage lots surrounding Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ. Once decommissioned, aircraft are "parted out" until there is not much left but the aluminum fuselage (skin), which eventually gets melted and sold as scrap. Drawn to the twin icons of a Boeing 707, the aircraft that ushered in the jet age and Pan Am, the airline that opened the world to air travel, we mounted a rescue mission to purchase & transfer the fuselage & the tail fin to our facility in Berkeley.
As of 2022, this aircraft is still being parted out... in Tokens style.