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Plane crashes

Postby RoguePhotonic » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:31 pm

I was wondering what source you all use for plane crash locations? My hiking partner Derek found a piece of a plane on the Western bench of the Kaweahs. I was trying to find some history on planes that have gone down there.



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Re: Plane crashes

Postby rlown » Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:13 pm

ok. some might be better than i to answer this..


First this overview shortly after the Fossett incident that pointed to a registry: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_ ... craft.html


So I googled..

And i went here: http://www.1af.acc.af.mil/units/afrcc/a ... /index.asp

and all i got to so far was: http://www.1af.acc.af.mil/shared/media/ ... 08-032.pdf

it gives you lat/lon so work it from there.

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Re: Plane crashes

Postby markskor » Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:45 pm

In Yosemite, in the Visitors Center (in the back, upstairs) the Historical Park librarian has a large 7.5 TOPO with locations of all the 30+ crashes known in the park. She also had a book, something like: "Death in Yosemite"...pages of crashes listed.
You could call her and ask, if the park was open.
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Re: Plane crashes

Postby austex » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:05 pm

rlown wrote:ok. some might be better than i to answer this..


First this overview shortly after the Fossett incident that pointed to a registry: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_ ... craft.html


So I googled..

And i went here: http://www.1af.acc.af.mil/units/afrcc/a ... /index.asp

and all i got to so far was: http://www.1af.acc.af.mil/shared/media/ ... 08-032.pdf

it gives you lat/lon so work it from there.

russ


Russ. Great stuff' thanks. Glad to see I'm not on that list...
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Re: Plane crashes

Postby sparky » Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:03 am

Go check around lower merced pass lake for some "debris" [-X
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Re: Plane crashes

Postby Shawn » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:24 am

Back in 2004 I communicated directly with Don Jordan about a missing P-40, which is believed to be in the vicinity of Mount Brewer. Don has a vast amount of knowledge about airplane wrecks in the Sierra and beyond.

http://www.donrjordan.com/
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Re: Plane crashes

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:57 pm

Derek that came along with me for my last section posted a couple photos of the piece of aircraft he found along the Kaweahs:

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Re: Plane crashes

Postby markskor » Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:06 pm

South Yosemite -
Always good to be well-armed, this trip chose to carry a 50-cal.
(Mike found the rest of the plane over the next ridge.)
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Re: Plane crashes

Postby woodsie » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:17 pm

2 airmen serving their country died in this plane crash in 1944. You disrespect their memory by posing yourself on that gun. Not to mention that you contacted Yosemite to see if you could carry it out for your personal collection. And put yourself on Facebook asking "does this gun make me look fat?" Have some respect.
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Re: Plane crashes

Postby markskor » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:46 pm

woodsie wrote:2 airmen serving their country died in this plane crash in 1944. You disrespect their memory by posing yourself on that gun. Not to mention that you contacted Yosemite to see if you could carry it out for your personal collection. And put yourself on Facebook asking "does this gun make me look fat?" Have some respect.

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Re: Plane crashes

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:33 am

So this year heading back for climbing Red & Black Kaweah I made my way to the lake where Derek had found the aircraft piece. All the way to it I kept a sharp eye out for anything else but found nothing. I found his fuel pod and ate lunch. While sitting and scanning the hill sides carefully I noticed what could have been rocks but could have been something more up the slope a bit so I went up to investigate and found more pieces of the plane. I continued to explore and climb for about 500 feet before I decided I should go back and move on:

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Bit of a jackpot piece here:

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Here is information on the type of plane an AD6 was.

I did some searching but still could find no records of any plane crash along the Kaweahs. Maybe this one is still undocumented. I might try contacting the park service and asking If they have any records. And if not I have GPS points of all these debris locations.
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Re: Plane crashes

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:16 pm

After contact with the district ranger the mystery has been solved.

"USAF personnel remove equipment from Douglas A-1E BuNo132435 that crashed 2/25/69 while searching for missing TA-4F. Both A-1E crewmen survived a hard landing in bad weather at 12,000' MSL near Mt. Whitney in the High Sierra. The A-1E wreck was mostly recovered by USMC CH-53 in the 1970's."

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