We can’t help being tantalized by the sight of derelict airplanes. Their mere presence represents a mystery, a backstory of abandonment we yearn to hear. Award-winning Russian photographer Dmitry Osadchy knows that well, and uses his drone cameras to take us on a world tour of aviation’s ghostships.
Some of the airplanes rest alone in barren landscapes, like the F104 Starfighter pictured above, on an abandoned airfield near Crete. Others are clustered together in mass graves. Either way, they all possess a strange, forlorn beauty. Here’s a selection of Osadchy’s imagery. You can see more on Instagram @like_a_free.