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Portfolio: Capturing the Lifespan of Airplanes, Aerially

By David Schonauer   Tuesday November 14, 2017

With each takeoff and landing, the strain of pressurized flight sends tiny cracks shooting like wrinkles across the aluminum skin of jetliners. Eventually this metal fatigue takes its toll — a 747 has about 35,000 flight hours in it — and the plane is shipped to a boneyard where it is dismantled for scrap. For his series “Life Cyles,” featured at Wired,L.A.-based photographer  Mike Kelley  chartered helicopters to record the lives of airplanes from delivery to death in a boneyard in California’s Mojave Desert.

Read the whole story at WIRED.

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