By Josh Saunders
An abandoned World War 2 airbase has been revealed in photographs showing the sleeping war machines left to rust.
A mere 34 fighter jets remain on the fields near Pápa Air Base, in Pápa, Hungary, strewn in three orderly lines.
Building for the site started in 1936, it was used by German and Hungarian fighter jets during World War 2.
After development to the runway in 1962 and 1984, the regiment was disbanded in 2001 to become a NATO reserve base.
Eight years later it was activated as a strategic airlift capability consortium.
Now the fighter bombers Sukhoi Su-22 (Su-22) and supersonic jet fighters Mikoyan-Gurevich (MiG-21) lie with paint chipped and rust gathering along the chassis.
It was explored by urban explorer, Bob Thissen from Heerlen, the Netherlands, this year.
Bob, who works on the series Exploring the Unbeaten Path, said: “The amount of planes in total on the field makes it a cool sight.
“It’s an army of sleeping war machines and you wonder what kind of missions they had.
“It was cool to walk around those abandoned planes with flat tires and rusty metal plates.”
“The first visit we could photograph without any trouble.
“The most recent visit we got noticed by locals who didn’t like us being there.
There were 50 planes in 2011, all lined up on the airstrip. When we arrived in 2012 they were not on the airstrip anymore and we thought they would be gone.
“Luckily, they were places on a nearby field, 34 planes remain in 2018, placed on a field in 3 rows.”
For more of Bob’s work visit: www.bobthissen.com