BBQ Lunch and Program on Saturday, July 22: Scrapping Our World War II Air Force

For our Saturday, July 22, BBQ Lunch meeting, Scott Thompson will present on a widely-known but less-understood topic: Scrapping Our World War II Air Force.

Rows of aircraft engines removed from surplus bombers at the Kingman boneyard

Almost everyone has seen pictures of the endless rows of surplus warplanes gathered at remote desert fields after the end of World War II. Why were these bombers and fighters seemingly abandoned? What happened to them? Did we just scrap them and turn them into pots and pans? This presentation provides the details of what we did with a massive air force no longer needed.

War weary B-17's at Kingman AZ, waiting to be destroyed : r/WWIIplanes

Scott Thompson is the author of several books and numerous articles on different aspects of American aviation history. He has specialized in the post-war civilian use of World War II aircraft and thus has extensively researched the process of how the U.S. disposed of surplus warplanes. He maintains an historical aviation website at
BBQ Lunch starts at 11:00 at our hangar at the Lincoln Regional Airport. If you are not familiar with our hangar’s location, come to the airport and just follow the “EAA” signs.

The grill is hot from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. when it shuts down, so come early. BBQ Lunch is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 12 or under, and $25 for families.

And, for your convenience, we are now accepting credit and debit cards, plus other methods of electronic payment, for our meals, t-shirts, dues, and donations. Please join us on Saturday.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawks stacked on their noses to save space at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas after World War II