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Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research, AAIR, is your source for U.S. military aircraft accident reports, individual aircraft record (history) cards, and aviation archaeology information.

We have several 100,000 accident reports on file. Orders are generally processed in just a few weeks. In addition to our collection of microfilm on accident reports and aircraft record cards, we have expanded our research library to include MACRs.

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Missing C-54 Group Needs Your Help

USAF photo via Matt Kennebec

On 26 Jan 50, USAF C-54D 42-72469 failed to arrive at Great Falls MT on a flight from Anchorage AK. The last known position was over Snag, Yukon Territory, Canada. A massive joint US-Canadian search was conducted, but the aircraft and its victims were never found. With 44 people on board this is probably the largest unresolved missing aircraft case in North America.

Family members and interested researchers are spearheading an effort to renew the search for this aircraft. If you have not done so already, please consider joining his facebook page, Operation Mike, at This page serves as a place for people interested in this accident to connect, and as new (or forgotten) information is discovered, it is being posted here for all to see and discuss.

AAIR has been featured in the Smithsonian magazine.

AAIR is an associate member of the British Aviation Archaeology Council.

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