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  1. What Happens to Airplanes Once They're Taken Out of Service?

    To the average consumer, aircraft do not seem to change much over the years. You have probably flown in an airplane that still had ashtrays for smokers, even though smoking has been banned aboard commercial flights since 1988. Yet, planes do change, and they must change. With the lifespan of a commercial aircraft between 20 and 30 years (due to metal fatigue), hundreds of planes must be retired each year. In case you have not noticed, that is a lot of material to have to put somewhere. With so much ...