LINKS AND REFERENCE BOOKS
New! Larry Carpenter has turned over his website to me. It was a project he didn't spend a great deal of time on but has some good info. see- www.coloradoaircrashes.com
Aviation Archeology Subset of the CAHS this organization is where I do group wreckchasing and research. Great guys, great mission.
http://www.trade-a-plane.com/aviation-archaeology. Link provided by Ella Frazier (and Sara!) of the Laramie County Library.
National Transportation Safety Board Accident Investigation Reports search engine. I found this in June 2004 and it is marvelous! You can search by year, aircraft type, State, City and etc. This can answer those "do you know about" questions I receive by email.
USAF Museum webpage - Lots of great data and pictures. While they will not grant permission to use their images, they are well worth visiting to see pictures and technical and historical data on aircraft.
Dale Hueske's NAPER 28 webpage- Dale has a website about a C-47 crash which carried the entire graduating class of P-47 pilots from Bruning Field Nebraska to their deaths. (updated 3/24/15)
Dale's page with the ELK MOUNTAIN trip report
Nebraskas Fatal Air Crashes of WWII - Excellent pages of many wrecks in Nebraska. Nebraska had 12 Army Air Bases and lots of air traffic. Excellent site by Jerry Penry.
USN & USMC Bureau Numbers lookup page- If it has a Navy side number, you can find out what it is and more.
A3D Skywarrior Association Website- Lots of great Whale Tales and pictures. This is where we made contact with Denny and Larry of the Dillon A-3.
Pima Air and Space Museum - Huge museum in Tucson with lots of odd aircraft, some of which I've never heard of. Pictures of F-100 and F-94 came from a visit here. Outstanding place to visit. Many pictures on various pages used with Pima's kind permission.
F3H Demon page - My father flew these when I was very young. See if he's changed in the Mug Shots link.
Wreckchasing Message board. - discussion area
Online Topo maps. Enter coordinates and X marks the spot (+/- datum and SA). If I wanted to make it TOO easy for you, I would have linked this with coordinates also. But I think it's better if you do some of the homework yourself. (My lawyer would be proud of this statement.)
Others who are doing aviation archaeology
Aviation Archaeology and Investigation Research- Craig Fuller's site for crash reports and sites in the southwest (outside of Colorado). Craig has been a great encouragement over the years and has a great site.
Mike Morrow's page about the SB-17 '746 on the Olympic penninsula of Washington State. THIS is how to do a most excellent website! (Mike gave me hints about where the site is so I've actually been there. But according to his wishes, I won't divulge the coordinates.)
A webpage about sunken aircraft crash sites found by scuba divers. They have the proper reverence for the sites and really cool pictures.
List of Preserved Aircraft - Bob McKellar's extensive, amazing, list of museums, collections, associations and webpages for just about everything.
Travel By GPS (www.travelbygps.com) - an interesting site belonging to Doug Adomatis applying GPS technology to many types of recreational activities.
Reference Book - COLORADO'S LOST SQUADRON by Troy Turner. Copyright 1997. Library of Congress Card Number 97-90101. (Troy has disappeared from the area but his book is absolutely essential for the Colorado wreckchaser. Not sure if you can order this book or find it locally. I bought mine directly from Troy at an airshow. Troy- if you read this, I'd be happy to correct the info.)
Recommended Atlas- COLORADO ATLAS & GAZETTEER. Big book of topo maps by DeLORME. Available throughout Colorado. Has appropriate scale for figuring out roads, and you can roughly plot coordinates because it has usable grids in it. More detailed maps should be obtained such as USGS quads before hiking.
Last Modified: 03/24/2015