(CNN) Wings clipped, noses cut off, stripped down to the bone, these old birds will never fly again. But the giant hangar at the home of Tarmac Aerosave is not a graveyard for planes — it’s a recycling yard.
Tarmac Aerosave has been dismantling disused aircraft at its base in “Aerospace Valley” — a cluster of French flight engineering firms near the town of Tarbes in southern France — since it was formed in 2009. Although the company’s primary business remains aircraft storage, it has stripped 12 planes completely since its inception
“We receive an old aircraft … and completion of this work (is) when all the material can be reused,” says Sebastien Medan, head of dismantling at the French aerospace company.