The breathtaking plane graveyard which is hidden within easy reach of London – My London
Just like the cars we drive, planes don’t go on forever. So what happens when they put out of use or are no longer safe to fly?
Well, much like us, a lot of them end up in a graveyard. Not one next to a church or anything but in an aircraft graveyard instead.
And there just so happens to be one hidden behind a hotel just a short drive from London.
The graveyard for planes, known as an aircraft boneyard, lies between the Skylark Hotel and London Southend Airport – an hour drive along the M25 from South London and a shorter journey from East and parts of North London.
The overgrown plot littered with planes gathering dust is on a section of land which is known to be owned by the hotel and boarders the airport.
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It is understood the aircraft could date back to the 1950’s, as reported by our sister site Essex Live. Just imagine what they would look like inside.
Intrigued to find out more, or to even head towards there to get your own view? Here is what we know about the plane graveyard:
Where is the graveyard?
Three planes can be seen using Google maps satellite view on Aviation Way, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6UN.
The area of land behind the Skylark Hotel has been left untouched for a number of years, and as a result the planes have been almost taken over by the overgrown vegitation.
When looking on Google there appears to be three planes – two larger planes which look similar to passenger planes you would see today and a smaller one, which looks as if it may have been a private plane capable of carrying fewer passengers.
A bird’s eye view of the plane graveyard on Google maps
What type of aircraft are there in the graveyard?
There are a number of posts on the Fighter Control forum about the abandoned planes which suggest what they could be.
One post suggested the two larger planes are ex-RAAF Hawker Siddeley HS 748’s. Which for those of you who are not plane enthusiasts is a medium-sized turboprop airliner originally designed and initially produced by the British aircraft manufacturer Avro.
There is no confirmation as of yet on what type of aircraft lies gathering dust on the site.
How did they get there?
The exact reason as to why the planes are there is unknown.
They don’t appear to have crash-landed as the bodywork on the larger planes seems almost undamaged from afar- they are however rusting and have been targeted by graffiti artists.
So the history of the planes may never be known.
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How can you see them?
The area is secured with locked gates and fences so you cannot just walk up to the planes.
You can however see one of the larger planes from a distance if stand in the Hotel’s car park.
We always advise asking the permission of the land owner before entering any private area.
Entering someone’s land or property without permission could land you in trouble with the law and you could be charged with trespassing.
Our sister site Essex Live contacted Southend Airport for more information about the site, but while they confirmed they knew about the planes they stated they do not own the site.
The Skylark Hotel has also been approached and have not provided a statement.