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Aircraft Wrecks of the Pacific Northwest Volume 3

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Aircraft Wrecks of the Pacific Northwest, Volume 3

  • by David L. McCurry
  • with Cye Laramie
    • 214 8.5x11-inch pages
    • 313 color photos
    • 34 B&W photos

In the past decade, the role of aircraft wreck hunting as a hobby has changed more  toward protecting crash sites as memorials, honoring those whom were lost, bringing  closure to families, and placing memorial plaques in honor of those who were lost in  these tragic accidents. For those of us who are offspring from the World War II generation, we feel an ever stronger sense of respect in honoring those that gave their  lives for such a great cause. There is a strong sense of responsibility for us in keeping  their names alive, and maybe it might be that we are the last real link to them? As youngsters we witnessed the war heroes that received a lot of attention especially  those involved in the flying world, but it was sad to think of the aircrews that were  lost states-wide whose names were never known. They never had a chance to fight a  war, but they were just as much a hero as anyone else. Just think of where they  might have gone in life. This is the third volume in the Aircraft Wrecks of the Pacific Northwest series authored by David L. McCurry and features 28 chapters detailing the crash and the investigations into their causes. McCurry and his team examined the wreck sites, documenting their findings in this extensively illustrated accounting.


Chapter 1: Grand Coulee P-63A Kingcobra
Chapter 2: Feathered Engine: A B-24’s Failed Go Around
Chapter 3: “Tommy’s Tigator”
Chapter 4: United Flight 173: Portland Oregon
Chapter 5: Missing F4F Wildcats Found
Chapter 6: Mid-Air Over The Olympics
Chapter 7: General Aviation and Unidentified Sites
Chapter 8: “Dutch Roll” Sheds Engines From Boeing 707 Jetliner
Chapter 9: “Firewood One”
Chapter 10: B-47E Refueling Technique Turns Night Mission Into Disaster
Chapter 11:“Article 123”: The Cover Up
Chapter 12: Speed Brakes: A Fatal Consequence to a Sabre Jet Forced Landing
Chapter 13: High Altitude Stall Downs P-47D Thunderbolt
Chapter 14: Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Chapter 15: Failure of Engine Turbine Wheel Severs Aft Fuselage from F-86D Sabre
Chapter 16: Mid-Air Break-Up: The Touchet B-24 Tragedy
Chapter 17: Broken Connecting Rod Ends Airacobra Night Flight
Chapter 18: The Salish Peak F-89s
Chapter 19: Ejection From F-86 Sabre Jet Conforms With Fire Warning Light
Chapter 20: Echelon Formation Creates Airacobra Collision
Chapter 21: Blackbird’s Night Training Mission Goes Awry
Chapter 22: Mystery Solved: Super Sabre Found Hundreds Of Miles Off Course
Chapter 23: Inclement Weather: A Trap for a Vultee BT-13
Chapter 24: Snow Storm Dooms B-25 On Mt. Timpanogos
Chapter 25: Phantom Jet Disappears On Routine Training Mission
Chapter 26: Regina Airlines DC-3: Attempt at VFR Flight Proves Fatal
Chapter 27: The Dakota Crewmen of Sulphur Mountain
Chapter 28: In Weather Over Mountains And Out Of Gas
Appendix I: Washington State Crash Locator List
Appendix II: Oregon Crash Locator List
Appendix III: Idaho Crash Locator List
Bibliography and Suggested Reading

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