When World War II ended in 1945, the industrial warfare machine did not stop overnight. Estimates of the value of potential surpluses range from a low of $25 billion to a high of $150 billion.
The surplus included almost every conceivable commodity and commodity—of little utility in a peaceful world; Others are in great demand by the civilian population of the United States and other countries.
During the war effort, the United States alone built approximately 294,000 aircraft. Of that number, 21,583 (7.34%) were lost in the United States in test flights, boating, training accidents, etc., and 43,581 were lost en route to war and in overseas operations.
After the war, the number of additional surplus airships was estimated to be as high as 150,000. Storing a sufficient number of airplanes was considered, but it was felt that the cost of storing them was too high, with many needing to be sold or cancelled.
Some US military aircraft overseas were not worth the time or money to bring back to the states and were buried, bulldozed, or sunk at sea as a result. However, most were returned home for storage, sale or scrapping.