Last updated: 01:00 PM ET, Thu August 11 2016

WATCH: Boeing Transforms Commercial Jets Into Cargo Planes

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | August 11, 2016

WATCH: Boeing Transforms Commercial Jets Into Cargo Planes

PHOTO: Boeing is extending the life of commercial jets by transforming them into freight carriers. (Photo courtesy YouYube)

Though it sounds oxymoronic, few things in the aviation industry are more hauntingly beautiful than an airplane graveyard, or airplane boneyard as it is sometimes called.

This is where old jets go to die when they are no longer serviceable, particularly as commercial airliners. There are about a dozen scattered throughout the United States, from North Carolina to Mississippi to Ohio to Arizona and California.

But now airline manufacturer Boeing is trying to give these boneyards less business.

Boeing is doubling the life of passenger airplanes – in some cases adding 20 years to their usage – by converting them from commercial jets into freight carriers, or cargo planes.

To convert them, engineers create original design solutions for each airplane. After extensive work, the converted airplanes are sent back to the air as freighters – saving them not only from being parked at an airline graveyard but also replacing older and less efficient cargo planes at the same time.

Take a look at this fascinating video on how it’s done.


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