The plane was located in a base near Tucson, Arizona. When security officers were questioned, they stated the large scale of the yard made it difficult to do thorough inspections. One of their bases has over nine thousand Humvees and another has two thousand M-1 Abraham tanks.
With a budget of over $600 billion and the winding down of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the military actually has more equipment than it needs. All the extra supplies are stored in yards commonly referred to as “boneyards.”
In the boneyard John Sandels was apprehended at there were over three hundred B-52 bombers being stored.
“I was just tired of being cold. Usually I use a cardboard box but this is much nicer. There's so much space and even furniture if you count the ammunition as seats and crates as tables,” commented John Sandels.
Despite only seeking shelter, the Department of Defense is filing criminal charges. “Each one of these units cost the taxpayers $54 million with an expected service life of 50 years. We are going to bill him accordingly. According to our calculations, he owes us a little over $6 million dollars,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.
“We need to set an example of not wasting taxpayer money. Although he may not be able to afford it, we will prosecute him to the full extent of the law and use all his future earnings as payments.”