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Don't know the Paul Harvey version of this buts it's possible the airframes reached maximum hours and rather than risk a fatigue related failure they scrap them or they're worried about a foreign government stealing outdated obsolete technology. Or like you said waste our money they can always take more.
The shame of what our government waste we can't even imagine Jesse. After WWII we dumped millions of tons of equipment and munitions in the ocean, and six years later Korea came along, and we were NOT ready! That's the shame I'm talking about.
Heartbreaking sight. Interesting that this photo is on the cover of pretty interesting book, "Military Aircraft Boneyards" by A. Kevin Grantham, Nick Veronico, Scott Thompson. This pile is made of F-84 Thunderjets that did land in many air forces all over the world. Also if you look at designations they did belong to Air National Guard, one for sure from Ohio. And the last ones from O-ANG were retired in 1958, both Ohio and Iowa ANG were the last units that used F-84E and G models. So those were worn out airframes, some parts for sure were removed and added to the pile of spare parts for allies. From 1953 more then 13 nations did used those already outdated machines and spare parts were needed.
Enough to make you weep. Like Shas said a lot of these are in the boneyard for good reason. Eventually they're simply too obsolete for anyone to want, and their usefulness to cannibalize for spare parts comes to an end. The F-84 was operational in a time of exceptional advances in aviation, by the time these aircraft were scrapped there were plenty of fighters that could be had cheaply and were considerably better than the F-84 in every way.