VICTORVILLE, CA – We’re now more than two months into the global COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown and you might be wondering by now, what happened to all of the commercial airlines’ jets that are no longer gracing the skies above America. Brian Keith, a freelance video editor, pilot and operator of wolficorn.tv recently took his Grumman Tiger for a flight over the Victorville, California airport that currently houses about 400 unused commercial airliners.
“Victorville California is currently one of the largest airplane parking lots in the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In this video, in coordination with air traffic control (ATC), I fly a dramatic low approach in my Grumman Tiger over the closed runway that is currently home for over 400 unused jets. After that, we fly over the peak bloom of the Antelope Valley poppy fields to see an explosion of color in the Mojave Desert,” Keith said in a YouTube video he created a little over a month ago.
If you haven’t yet, check out the Wolficorn YouTube channel, Keith has plenty of COVID-19 flyer over videos from his home city of Los Angeles.
According to Keith, “Global airline travel has been dramatically affected as a result of the corona virus and as a result, the airlines have been temporarily storing their fleet at select locations to wait out the current crisis. Southern California Logistics Airport (KVCV) in Victorville, California is one of the primary storage depots for Delta, Southwest and FedEx.”
The airport is also home to one of America’s largest airplane boneyards, home to the now grounded Boeing 737 Max jets and the new fleet of next generation Air Force One Boeing 747-8 jets.