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Aircraft Wrecks of the Pacific Northwest Volume 2

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Aircraft Wrecks of the Pacific Northwest, Volume 2
  • by David L McCurry
  • with Cye Laramie and Don Hinton
    • A Merriam Press Aviation History
      • Second Edition 2021
      • 304 8.5x11-inch pages
      • 427 color photos
      • 63 B&W photos
This second volume reports the findings of aviation wreckologists to examine the crash sites of military and civilian aircraft in the Pacific Northwest. There are 36 chapters, each covering an aircraft crash, the search and rescue efforts of each, what happened to the pilots and crews, and present day examination of the sites and remains of the aircraft. Aircraft wreck hunting better known as “Wreckchasing” among its thousands of new enthusiasts is a budding hobby throughout the entire United States and many European countries today. There has always been a strong interest in aviation but the intrigue with old historical aircraft is bringing that interest to the deserts and mountains in search of the remains of rare old aircraft that are seldom seen anymore. Some efforts have been made in the past to recover and restore some of these rare old aircraft wrecks for museums and back to flying status, but new efforts are being made to declare these as historical artifacts and preserve the remains on site. Wreckchasing groups have been formed throughout every geographical area within the United States as well as groups of trained aviation archaeologists banding together in an effort to preserve that part of our history and hopefully generate public interest to protect these old sites. Many of our best friends have been made through wreck hunting but most importantly, bringing some type of closure to surviving family members of those lost in some of these tragic accidents makes our wreck hunting efforts absolutely worthwhile. What is sometimes a fun adventure can other times be a long grueling hardship of spending weeks climbing high snow covered mountains and hiking miles of hot desert country in searches that turn up nothing. Other times with good luck and especially good planning, the efforts can be very rewarding noting that seldom though are any of these wreck hunts ever very easy which is why the wrecks are still there. It is a blessing that these kinds of accidents are rare anymore and for most of us involved in wreckchasing groups, it is important that we keep this part of our aviation history alive and respect those whom gave their lives testing and learning from early aviation technology so that today, we may live in a safe flying world!

  • Hudson Bomber Lost In Heavy Snow Storm Hits Mountain Ridge
  • The January, 1941 B-18 Crash on Rockies Peak
  • Spinning Lockheed P-38 Fighter Plane Impacts the Desert Floor near Christmas Valley
  • “Lady of the Lake” Douglas B-23 Loon Lake, Idaho
  • The Missing Crew of PV-1 Ventura 49459
  • Pre-War B-18 Crash on Mt. Constance
  • A Twin Tragedy in the Olympic Mountains
  • Flight below Minimum Safe Altitude Dooms Grumman A-6 Intruder near Christmas Valley
  • Flight of Decommissioned B-24s Meets Tragedy near Ryderwood
  • Air Traffic Control Error Descends Air Force C-141 into Mt. Constance
  • Efforts to Clear Mountain Ridge at Night Ends the Lives of Eleven B-24 Liberator Crewmembers on Pueblo Mountains Summit
  • Desert War Relics
  • High Winds Drift U.S. Marines R5C Commando into the Face of Mt. Rainier’s South Tahoma Glacier
  • PB4Y-2 59937 Lost In Mysterious Cascade Mountain Accident
  • Catastrophic Engine Failure Leads to P-39 Airacobra Crash near Ephrata
  • Search Attack Mission for a Shark-Tailed B-17B 17 December 1941
  • Martin B-26 on Instrument Flight Hits Oregon’s Mt. Hood
  • Excavating the “Brown Lady,” a Distressed B-17F
  • An Act of God: B-25D 41-29836 May 10, 1943
  • Airacobra Experiences Engine Failure Immediately After Takeoff and Crashes
  • Navigation Error Claims Grumman A-6 Intruder near Steamboat, Oregon
  • Flame-Out Causes F-102 Crash near Cloverdale, Oregon
  • The South Mountain P4Y-2 Tragedy
  • B-17 Bomber Loses Right Wing after Experiencing Engine Fire
  • Avro Lancaster KB995 Found on Oregon’s Iron Mountain
  • The Forgotten Crew of Dauntless 36638
  • A Navy Monument: For a Lost PBY-5A
  • Error of Judgment: North Bend’s “Little Known” Avenger Accident
  • The Mt. Rainier A-24
  • Radio Range Navigation Error Leads to Crash of B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2559 in Oregon’s Blue Mountains
  • TBF Avenger 06090 Lost In Olympic Mountains
  • Northwest Airlines Lockheed Electra model 10-A Lost in Mountains near Kellogg, Idaho
  • Formation of P-38 Lightning Fighter Planes Collide with Clouded Mountain Top near Battle Mountain Park, Oregon
  • Pilot of Starfighter Forced to Eject After Engine Fire Warning
  • Five Seconds to Spare: Pilot Bails Out of P-39 Airacobra
  • Test Flight of P-63 Kingcobra: Results are Structural Failure!
  • Appendix I: Washington State Crash Locator List
  • Appendix II: Oregon Crash Locator List
  • Appendix III: Idaho Crash Locator List

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