Special Report: Airplane graveyard in Kyrgyzstan

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 19 at 6:49 AM

MANAS AIR FORCE BASE, Kyrgyzstan -- KREM 2's John Langeler continues to report with members of the Fairchild Air Force Base in Kyrgyzstan.

Their mission is to refuel planes over war torn Afghanistan.  Kyrgyzstan is key to the Afghan war because of its location.  It's the closest place fighter jets over the war torn country can go to for refueling.

Today, John Langeler got a tour of an airplane graveyard that sits next to the airplane tankers the U.S. Air Force uses.  Many of the old planes are still flying but some are rotting away including bi-planes and relics from previous wars.

Manas Air Force Base also serves as a transition area for soldiers to decompress after serving in Afghanistan.

Monday, John Langeler will report on a humanitarian mission to a couple local schools.

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