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Steve Fossett's missing plane search and old Nevada airplane crash sites

First, I have to start this off by saying how saddened I am by this whole event as I have always admired Steve Fossett for his determination and achievements. My thoughts and sympathy go out to Steve Fossett's friends and family. As I write this, we enter the 11th day of the search and I am on the side of the fence that believes it is now a recovery rather than a rescue mission. I hope I am wrong.

This article is not about what could have happened to Fossett or why he has not been found, but rather it is intended to comment on some inaccuracies being reported in the media. It may be over- dramatization, or perhaps just subtle nuances in wording, but I have received numerous calls and e-mails from people asking questions about all of "these missing planes that are being discovered in NV."

To quote two news releases:

"But over the last 50 years, aviation officials estimate, more than 150 small planes have disappeared in Nevada" CNN.com September 9, 2007

"There are 129 known crash sites in Nevada, but officials estimate that over the last 50 years more than 300 small planes have disappeared in the state." The Guardian September 11, 2007

The common theme is that everyone thinks that these planes are long lost planes that have "disappeared" and never been found before. No, not likely. More likely, these planes are simply old crashes that have been "forgotten" over time. Commenting on one of the old crash sites that was found, Nevada Civil Air Patrol Major Cynthia Ryan correctly told reporters, "Unfortunately, it turned out to be one of many dozen unmapped wreck sites from previous years." (Msnbc.com “Day Four of Search For Steve Fossett”).

By "unmapped", she is talking about what is commonly referred to as the "Wreckage Locator List." This is a list (click on CON US Crash Locator at bottom of list) maintained by Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley Air Force Base, VA, and used by the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) to identify old crash sites while search for missing aircraft. The theory is that if wreckage is spotted and it is on the list, they know it is old wreckage and can move on.  Of course there is the possibility that the missing plane crashed in the same spot as an old wreck; think that is far fetched? On 24 December 1944, a B-24 crashed on Mt. Gleason in Southern CA. The next day, a BT-13 crashed while circling it. Then, on 10 March 1951 a Cessna 140 also crashed there. That's three planes at the same spot!  I was at a 1940's propeller airplane crash site in Nevada and discovered jet engine parts. It took a while, but we finally figured out that a jet fighter had crashed on top of the old propeller site in the 1950's. On numerous occasions I have found a different plane from the one I was searching for in the same area.

This brings up another problem with the Wreckage Locator Lists. They were first created in the 1950's, before GPS. And while the list has been updated over the years with new crashes added and old ones removed (wrecks that are sometimes still visible!), the format of the list has not changed. The locations are given as a coordinate in degrees, minutes-- no seconds, and no decimal minutes. (For those not familiar with latitude and longitude coordinates see this wiki article.) So, if a location is given to the nearest minute and it is dead-on correct, that leaves an area of 1/2 a minute on either side of that specific location that the crash could be in-- or roughly one square mile (nautical). Those who have hiked in this rugged country know just how hard it would be to find something, even as large as an airplane, in one square mile-- even from the air. However, the coordinates on these lists are, on average, about 2 miles off (10 miles off is not uncommon). That means, on average, the wreck can be somewhere within 16 square miles of the position noted on the list-- or up to 200 square miles! Fortunately the CAP realizes both of these points, which is why they put a person on the ground to check any wreckage spotted during a search.

The Wreckage Locator List is not the complete master list of crashes that the media is making it out to be.  It does have errors and omissions, although for the purpose of conducting a missing aircraft search, it doesn't really matter. Any old crash site that is found during a search will be inspected and ruled out by the CAP. The Wreckage Locator List is useful to identify a newly re-discovered "old" site if that site happens to be listed.  If the site is not on the list, then more research must be conducted to identify it.  This is the type of research that AAIR can do.

So all this leads to two questions:
1.  How many old crashes are there in Nevada?
And
2.  How many aircraft are still missing in Nevada?

Unfortunately I cannot give you exact numbers. No one knows, not even the government agencies.
To answer these questions I will give you some hard numbers that are minimums that I can, and will, back up with documentation.

First, how many crashes are there in Nevada?
(I am choosing to look at all of Nevada because that is what the articles stated.)
I have been to over 75 crash sites in Nevada that have at least some wreckage remaining at the site. Some examples are:

F-86F s/n 52-5013, 5 FEB 54, 18 miles northwest of Moapa NV
F-80A s/n 48-85271, 11 APR 53, 28 miles east of Boulder City Nevada
F-100 D s/n 55-3789, 17 NOV 59, 15 miles northwest of Las Vegas NV
F-5E Aggressor Central Nevada
F-100D s/n 56-2931, 1 JUN 60, 25 miles north of Nellis AFB NV
P-39Q s/n 44-3082, 29 JAN 43, 40 miles north of Las Vegas NV

By checking AAIR's on-line database of USAAF/USAF Accident reports, we come up with almost 150 off-airport accidents. (See actual list at very bottom of this page) These are just the incidents that occurred between 1941 and 1951! Many more have occurred since then, especially during the 1950's and 1960's, when heightened training took place for the Korea and Vietnam wars. Additionally, there are at least 50 USN aircraft crashes in the state from the 1940's and early 1950's as well. (See actual at very bottom of this page) AAIR does not track civil aircraft crashes, but you can go to the NTSB's website and search by state to get an idea. Type NV in the State field, and be sure to set the starting date range to 1962, which is as far back as the index goes. This gives you a good idea of the number of additional civil aircraft crashes in the state. 

Next question: Are there any aircraft still missing in Nevada besides Fossett's?
It's possible, but the odds are slim.  I have corresponded with John Lopez, a CAP member and a historian specializing in missing aircraft. Here is what he came up with for possible aircraft that could be missing in Nevada:

As I said before some of these would have to be a real stretch to be found in the Fossett search area. However, missing planes have been found in stranger areas. The following aircraft are the strongest candidates for being found in the search area:

- 13 May 1964 Globe GC-1A N78087 1 PAX Santa Monica, CA to Wilkensburg, PA

The 52 year old pilot with 700 hours took off on a cross country flight. I have not been able to find any information in the newspaper archives for Southern California or Pennsylvania on this incident that says which route he took. The only other reference to this missing case is at the Globe Swift website where they list this aircraft as presumed crashed on a cross country flight to PA. The FAA Registry lists the aircraft status as revoked meaning it is still missing.

- 2 June 1967 Piper PA-28 N4389J 3 PAX San Jose, CA to Ogden, UT

The 28 year old pilot with 70 hours was transporting his parents to Ogden did not arrive at his first refueling stop in Ely, NV. He was last heard from over the Tracy-Modesto area of Central California. This was one of three aircraft that went missing over the Sierras during a five day period of bad weather. It is the only one not found after a two week search. California CAP conducted a search exercise in October, 1967 using his flight path through the Sierras as their focus with no results. The FAA Registry lists the aircraft status as revoked meaning it is still missing.

- 29 August 1987 Cessna 172P N65797 1 PAX Van Nuys, CA to ?

The 40 year old retired Army officer and helicopter pilot had 2500 hours when he went missing on an evening flight. Relatives and friends told investigators that he liked to fly north along the coast at night. I include this as a possible because of the intriguing leads the investigators found. When they checked the automated weather briefing they found that the pilot had asked for weather information for the Bakersfield-Lake Isabella area as well as Santa Barbara, Oxnard, San Bernardino, Palms Springs and the Salton Sea. Not a trace was ever found of the plane or pilot. The FAA Registry says that the registration number had been cancelled 8 Sep 1995.

- 6 October 1989 Beech 36TC N6773C 1 PAX Bend, OR to Reno, NV

The 68 year old pilot with 9000 hours took off on a cross country flight and never arrived at his destination. I have not been able to find anything, anywhere in the Oregon newspapers or other sources about this flight or if a search was ever conducted. The FAA Registry says that the registration number has been cancelled 18 Oct 1991 and lists the plane as “destroyed”, which means it may have been found.

The following cases are listed as possibles only because no one has any clue where these guys went or what their intentions were:

- 3 October 1972 Cessna 172K N7396G 1 PAX Santa Ana, CA to ?

The 59 year old pilot with 190 hours did not file a flight plan. When queried by the tower at John Wayne International as to his destination, the pilot replied he would be back in two hours. He was never seen or heard from again. This was one of three such searches that I participated in as a CAP ground team member in 1972 where the pilot flew into oblivion. The other two aircraft were eventually found. As far as I can tell this one was not. We checked leads in the San Gabriels and Santa Ana Mountains with no luck The FAA Registry lists the aircraft status as revoked meaning it is still missing.

- 9 March 1979 Piper PA-28 N8875J 1 PAX Hayward, CA to ?

The 49 year old pilot with 950 hours simply flew away. I have not found anything in the newspaper archives or any reference to this incident. The FAA Registry says that the registration number has since been reassigned.

- 29 March 1983 Cessna 152 N6329M 1 PAX San Luis Obispo, CA to ?

Once again, the 24 year old pilot with 540 hours rented the plane for a one hour local flight and never returned. Investigators were told by friends that the college student was despondent over grades. I have found no information in the newspapers or other archives on this incident. The FAA Registry says that the registration number has since been reassigned.

- 1 June 1984 Bellanca 17-31A N6602V 1 PAX San Jose, CA to ?

The 48 year old pilot with 2700 hours simply parked his car at the airport, boarded his plane and flew away. The NTSB was not notified until 17 June 1984. The Fremont PD, the investigating agency, found no trace of the pilot or plane as of 14 June 1985 and closed the book on this case. I have found no information in the newspapers or other archives. The FAA Registry says that the registration number has since been reassigned.

The following cases are not listed in the NTSB or FAA data bases. This is puzzling since the circumstances of these disappearances are no different then the ones listed above that can be found in their data bases. The supposed reason for not being included is that there was no evidence the planes actually crashed. As far as I can tell, they have not been found:

- 12 July 1956 Taylorcraft N5087M 1 PAX Oakland, CA to ?

The pilot was a friend of the owner and took the plane without permission and never returned. A brief search was conducted with no results. I could not glean a lot of information from the newspaper archives. The FAA Registry lists the aircraft status as revoked meaning it is still missing.

- 20 September 1962 Piper Tri-Champ Unknown 2 PAX Compton, CA to ?

The 40 year old pilot became upset that the UCLA Medical Center declined to accept his 14 year old son into their mental health program and abruptly departed the house with his son for the airport. He rented the plane and took off without filing a flight plan and never returned. Investigators were later told that the pilot, an aeronautical engineer with North American Aviation, mentioned to a fellow employee that he was considering enrolling his son at a mental health center in Palmdale, California. The plane and pilot were still missing as of 1 January 1963. This one is not listed in the NTSB data base.

- 12 August 1964 Cessna 210 Unknown 1 or 2 PAX Oakland, CA to ?

This one has been played up in the media lately as one possibly missing in the area of the Fossett search. The 41 year old pilot departed on vacation from Oakland International Airport. Investigators were told there was possibly a woman traveling with him, but were not sure since he filed no flight plan. He was not reported missing until 17 days later. His landlord told investigators he went on vacation but was not told where and for how long. The pilot’s son has recently told the media that his father went missing while traveling to Reno. Evidently, this information was not passed on to the searchers at that time since the search in 1964 lasted about three days and centered around the bay area no further east than the Livermore Hills. Nothing was ever found, yet this incident will not be found in the NTSB data base.

- 3 May 1969 Beech Musketeer N2353Q 1 PAX Long Beach, CA to ?

The 22 year old pilot rented the plane for a two hour local flight in the L.A. Basin, filed a flight plan and took off around 9:00 PM. He never returned. A week long search that ranged as far south as the Mexican border found nothing. He was still missing as of 9 July 1969. This incident will not be found in the NTSB data base. The FAA Registry says that the registration number has since been reassigned.

- 1 May 1974 Cessna 140 N76547 1 PAX(?) Salinas, CA to ?

The plane disappeared over the weekend and no one saw it depart. However, the airport manager was making his rounds in the early evening of the day the plane vanished and stated he saw a 16 year old local boy crouching near the rear of the aircraft when he drove by. He thought nothing of it since the boy frequently worked with the FBO who operated the aircraft. Investigators later found that the boy disappeared the same day the plane did. The boy had no pilots license but frequently flew with other pilots in this same plane and occasionally handled the controls. It was still missing as of July, 1974. The FAA Registry says that the registration number has since been reassigned. It’s interesting to note that the same plane was stolen in February, 1965 from the same airport. It crashed on take off and the perpetrators got away. Yet, this latest incident will not be found in the NTSB data base.

There are two or three other aircraft that went missing from the San Francisco area under the same circumstances described above that were eventually found crashed in the Sierras. They can be found in the NTSB data base. I also have entries for 6 other planes that went missing in the 1950s, but I do not have registration numbers or even plane types and I have not been able to confirm whether they have since been found.

So guys, you can judge for yourselves whether these fall into the same category and could possibly have made it as far as western Nevada. If you come across any information pertaining to these cases, let me know! Any information would be appreciated.

The CAP plans to go back after the search is finished and do a detailed check of the old sites that were discovered in the process. Those of us with an historic interest will patiently wait to hear what they are found to be, because there is more important searching to be done now.

As interest grows in understanding the nature of these old "forgotten" crash sites, aviation archaeology  can provide valuable services of research, site location, identification, and documentation to help agencies, organizations, and individuals create an historic record of sites that may be within their jurisdictions. 

Craig Fuller
AAIR
aair@aviationarchaeology.com

In addition to the major news carriers, the Record-Courier seems to be a good Nevada paper covering the events for those wishing more information.

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USAAF/USAF Major Aircraft Accidents, off airport, in Nevada

For notes on using the Air Force database click here

Date ACType AAFSN STA Action D Pilot State Location Remarks
410920 PT-13A 41-1407 Bakersfield, CA FLEF 4 Witzenburger, Edwin J NV 20 mi NE Reno, NV  
411209 AT-6A 41-16052 Las vegas, NV KCRLW 5 Kelso, John C NV 2 mi N of Boulder city, NV  
420203 AT-6A 41-539 Mather AAF, CA   5 Martin, John E NV Lake Tahoe, NV Hit Object In Flight
420310 AT-6A 41-16361 Las Vegas AAF, NV   5 White, James I NV Tonopah Gunnery Range, NV Spin/Stall
420319 AT-6A 41-342 Las Vegas AAF, NV   5 Getzovitz, Sidney NV Las Vegas AAF, NV Hit Object In Flight
420325 AT-6A 41-185 Las Vegas AAF, NV   5 Crippen, Willis D NV Goodsprings 3 Mi NW, NV Structural Failure
420421 AT-6A 41-15985 Las Vegas AAF, NV   5 Changala, John R NV Tonopah 65 Mi SE, NV Hit Object In Flight
420504 A-33 42-13591 Las Vegas AAF, NV   5 Smith, Ares A NV Las Vegas 10 Mi NW, NV Hit Object In Flight
420520 B-10 34-55 Las Vegas AAF, NV   5 Brown, Clyde G NV Las Vegas, NV Landing
420527 AT-6A 41-445 Las Vegas AAF, NV   5 Chaney, Jack J. NV Las Vegas, NV Lost Elevator Control
420724 A-33 42-13598 Las Vegas AAF, NV   5 Ashenfelter, Robt L NV Las Vegas AAF 20 Mi NE, NV Forced Landing
420814 B-10M 33-142 Las Vegas AAF, NV   5 Hill, Jack V NV Las Vegas, NV Forced Landing
421004 B-10BH 34-59 Las Vegas AAF, NV   5 Garbarino, Angelo J Jr NV Las Vegas 2 Mi N, NV Wheels Up Landing
430128 P-39L 42-4694 Tonopah B & G Range, NV KSSP 5 Brown, John V NV Tonopah B & G Range, NV  
430202 P-39-D1 41-28278 Tonopah B & G Rng, NV FLEF 4 Johnston, Alexander NV Tonopah B & G Rng, NV  
430205 P-39D 41-28312 Tonopah B & G Rng, NV KCRGC 5 Chapman, Gordon W NV Revielle Valley, NV  
430205 P-39L 42-4680 Tonopah B & G Rng, NV FLEF 4 Kraft, George F NV Tonopah B & G Rng, NV  
430206 P-39L 42-4454 Tonopah B & G Range, NV CBL 4 Frantz, Carl M NV Tonopah B & G Range, NV  
430206 P-39L 42-4468 Tonopah B & G Rng, NV KCRGC 5 Johnson, Charles C Iii NV Tonopah B & G Rng, NV  
430212 P-38E 42-2295 McClellan Field, CA KCRGC 5 Cobb, Edward E Jr NV Reno AAB, NV  
430227 P-39F 41-7308 Tonopah B & G Range, NV FLEF 4 Haas, Dan J NV 20 Mi N Round Mt, NV  
430310 AT-6A 41-16092 LVAGS, Las Vegas, NV MACOB 4 Branham, Fred NV Lvags, Las Vegas, NV Collided in full flight with tree 
430311 AT-6 41-16210 Las Vegas, NV KSSP 5 O'Hagen, Jack B NV Nr Indian Spgs Arpt, NV  
430327 AT-6 40-2149 Tonopah B & G Range, NV CREF 5 Perron, Davis T NV 16 Mi W Tonopah, NV Forced landing on highway due to engine failure, collided with automobile.
430331 AT-6A 41-16312 Las Vegas, NV BOMAC 5 Crawford, Lyle D NV 30 Mi NNW Las Vegas AGS, NV  
430331 AT-6A 41-534 Las Vegas, NV KBOMAC 5 Laird, Edward J NV 30 Mi NNW Las Vegas AGS, NV Collided with AT-6A 41-16312 during formation flight.
430403 P-39D-1 41-38241 Tonopah, NV CRF 5 Baxter, Norman E NV Tonopah B & G Rng, NV  
430406 P-39D 41-38258 Tonopah, NV KCR 5 Bisterfeldt, Rudolf H NV Tonopah Bomb & Gun Range, NV  
430411 B-25C 42-53365 Mather Field, CA KCR/DF 5 Hoffman, Hugh O NV 6 Mi SW Beowawe, NV  
430517 B-10BM 34-75 Las Vegas AAF, NV BLMF 5 King, N E NV Las Vegas AAF, NV  
430527 P-39D 41-28285 Tonopah, NV BOMAC 5 Davis, Glendon V NV Tonopah, NV  
430527 P-39D 41-28267 Tonopah, NV KMAC 5 VanCott, Bryce R NV Tonopah, NV  
430531 C-67 39-29 Mitchel Field, NY KCRGC 5 Love, Phillip R NV 36 Mi W Austin, NV  
430612 P-39D 41-38244 Tonopah B & G Rng, NV BOoG 5 McLaughlin, George R NV B & G Rng, 4 Mi S Tonopah, NV  
430614 AT-6C 42-4134 Las Vegas AAF, NV BLoG 4 Prentice, Charles E NV 4 Mi W of Las Vegas AAF, NV  
430614 P-39Q 42-19522 Hamilton Field, CA BOMACT 5 Renshaw, Harry N NV B & G Rng, Tonopah, NV  
430625 P-39N 42-9340 Tonopah B & G Rng, NV KCRT 5 St Germain, Albert J NV 2 Mi NE Tonopah B & G Rng, NV  
430627 P-39D 41-38250 G & B Rng, Tonopah, NV BLEF 4 Smith, Jared E NV G & B Rng, Tonopah, NV  
430627 P-39N 42-18817 B & G Rng, Tonopah, NV KSSP 5 Jasper, Milan L NV Tonopah Arpt, NV  
430629 P-39Q 42-19567 Portland AAB, OR MACOB 5 Weissinger, Robert E NV Tonopah B & G Rng, NV Collided with ground gunnery target and crashed.
430630 P-39D 41-28328 B & G Rng, Tonopah, NV BLMF 4 Kellogg, Merle M NV 1 Mi S Tonopah, NV  
430630 P-39D 41-28319 B & G Rng, Tonopah, NV BLEF 4 Fryer, Earl R NV 30 Mi NW Field, Tonopah, NV  
430707 AT-6A 41-16357 Las Vegas, NV BLEF 4 Pile, Robert B NV 15 Mi NW LVAAF, NV  
430707 P-39D 41-38260 Tonopah, NV KCRSSP 5 Brown, Michael A NV 20 Mi W Tonopah, NV  
430716 AT-18 42-55656 Las Vegas, NV KCRDF 5 Lee, Merrill V NV 16 Mi NW Las Vegas, AAF  
430716 P-39N 42-8889 Tonopah, NV BOMACT 5 Lamb, James H NV 5 Mi N Tonopah B And G Range, NV  
430717 AT-6C 42-4176 Las Vegas, NV MACOB 4 Hall, George W NV 10 Mi Below Boulder Dam, NV Collided in full flight with cable over Colorado River.  Returned for safe landing.
430720 P-39N 42-9118 Tonopah, NV KCREF 5 Golberg, Neil A NV 41 Mi SE Tonopah, NV  
430727 P-39D 41-38255 Tonopah, NV MACT 4 Schmidt, John W NV Tonopah Ground Gunnery Range #6, NV  
430731 P-39D 41-38240 Tonopah, NV BLoG 4 McGee, Robert B NV 20 Mi SE Range #6, Tonopah, NV  
440213 B-24E 41-28532 Gowen Field, Boise, ID CBLMF 4 Fruchter, Irving H NV 12 Mi W Midas, NV  
440214 B-17G 42-37904 Las Vegas AAF, Las Vegas, NV CBLEF 4 Holmes, John R NV Las Vegas AAF, Las Vegas, NV  
440224 B-24J 42-73198 Gowen Field, Boise, ID KCRLEF 5 Mc Millin, James P NV Reno AAB, Reno, NV  
440225 AT-6A 41-15967 Las Vegas AAF, Las Vegas, NV KMAC 5 Kleiser, Carlton H NV 15 Mi NW Las Vegas, NV  
440225 B-17G 42-31324 Las Vegas AAF, Las Vegas, NV KMAC 5 Westhover, Donald C M NV 15 Mi NW Las Vegas, NV  
440305 B-25C 41-13244 Tonapah AAF, Tonopah, NV CBLEF 5 Harding, John B NV Tonapah AAF, Tonopah, NV  
440307 B-24D 42-41162 Tonapah AAF, Tonopah, NV SSP 5 Scalese, Walter A NV 350 Yds S of Field, TAAF, NV  
440323 B-24D 42-41083 March Field, Riverside, CA KCRLF 5 Cottrell, Bert M NV Tonopah AAF, Tonopah, NV  
440527 C-46 41-12280 Reno AAB, NV FLEF 4 Gossett, Claude S NV Salt Flats, Fernley, NV  
440601 B-17F 42-30514 Wright Field, OH GACF 4 Hall, James N NV Tonopah AAF, NV  
440610 B-24J 42-73298 Tonopah AAF, NV FLEF 4 Fortenberry, William M NV Tonopah AAF, NV  
440613 P-39D 41-6746 Las Vegas AAF, Las Vegas, NV FLEF 5 Snyder, Robert L NV Las Vegas AAF, NV  
440617 B-24D 42-40218 Tonapah AAF, Tonapah, NV BOoG 5 Price, William A, Jr NV Ely, NV  
440620 B-24J 42-100111 Tonapah AAF, Tonapah, NV FLEF 5 Seeds, Andrew G NV Tonapah AAF, Tonopah, NV  
440718 AT-11 42-36873 Las Vegas AAF, Las Vegas, NV KCRGC 5 Smith, Frank P NV 18 mi SW of Indian Springs, NV  
440801 B-24D 42-72935 Tonopah AAF, Tonopah, NV BOoG 5 Redmon, Raymond E NV Eureka, NV  
440819 B-24E 42-64395 Tonopah AAF, Tonopah, NV KCRSF 5 Pyle, Robert L NV 45 mi SE of Tonopah AAF, NV  
440819 B-24D 41-24188 Tonopah AAF, Tonopah, NV FLEF 5 Pound, Alan C NV 6 mi N of Tonopah AAF, NV  
440819 B-24J 42-50834 Tonopah AAF, Tonopah, NV KSSP 5 Davis, John E NV Base leg 3.5 mi SE of Tonapah AAF, NV  
440828 P-63 42-69626 Los Vegas AAF, Los Vegas, NV KSSPEF 5 Shaffer, Lewis A NV 10 mi NNW of Moapa, NV  
440908 B-24J 42-73382 Tonopah AAF, Tonopah, NV KCRGC 5 Moss, George B NV 5 mi NE of Tonopah AAF, NV  
441014 B-24D 42-40166 Tonopah AAF, Tonopah, NV KCRGCEX 5 Gilpin, George R NV 5 mi NE of Tonapah AAF, NV  
441023 P-39Q 42-21033 Las Vegas AAF, Las Vegas, NV FLEF 5 Stewart, George R NV 500 yds short Rwy 35, Las Vegas AF, NV  
441024 B-24E 42-7157 Tonopah AAF, Tonopah, NV FLEF 5 Stewart, Robert L NV Tonopah AAF, Tonopah, NV  
441026 C-46 42-96716 Reno AAB, Reno, NV KMAC 5 Jackson, Olin T NV over Reno AAB, Reno, NV  
441026 C-46 41-12357 Reno AAB, Reno, NV KMAC 5 Frykman, Paul V NV over Reno AAB, Reno, NV  
441116 B-24J 42-95606 Tonopah AAF, NV KCR 4 Jacobs, Earl J NV 35M NW Tonopah, NV 8 KIA
441202 B-24D 42-41190 Tonopah AAF, NV KCREF 4 Hurst, Wayne C NV 16M NW Tonopah, NV 6 KIA 3 BO
441214 B-17G 42-40029 Las Vegas AAF, NV KCR 4 Nauman, David K NV 10M NE Las Vegas, NV 1 KIA 2 INJ
441215 B-24J 44-28214 Tonopah AAF, NV BOoG 4 Wolf, Eugene R NV 100M NE Tonopah, NV  
441229 P-39Q 42-19982 Las Vegas AAF, NV BOEF 4 Lawhorn, Carl O NV 8 SE Las Vegas, NV  
450103 P-39Q 44-2336 Las Vegas AAF, NV KCRMF 4 Norris, Ernest T NV 20M W Las Vegas, NV 1 KIA
450106 C-46A 42-96690 Reno AAF, NV KCR 4 Hogan, Donovan J NV 30M E Reno, NV 5 KIA
450108 RB-24E 42-7422 Tonopah AAF, NV BOEF 4 Harris, Carl A NV 17M S Goldfield, NV  
450112 B-17G 42-37901 Las Vegas AAF, NV BOEF 4 Cattotr, Rudolph D NV 5M SE Las Vegas, NV  
450129 P-39Q 44-3082 Las Vegas AAF, NV BOMF 4 Kidd, Scott B NV 40M N Las Vegas, NV  
450130 P-63A 42-69693 Las Vegas AAF, NV KCRMF 4 Clark, Stanley Jr NV 55M NE Las Vegas, NV 1 KIA
450205 P-39Q 44-3586 Las Vegas AAF, NV BOEF 4 Coleman, Paul L, Jr NV 20M NE Las Vegas, NV  
450305 B-24J 42-73352 Mountain Home AAF, ID KCRLW 4 Graig, Walter R NV 2.5M W Battle Mt, NV  
450318 B-24J 42-50848 Tonopah AAF, NV FLEF 4 Johnson, Dale W NV 20M W Tonopah, NV  
450515 TB-26B 42-95716 Las Vegas AAF, NV KCREF 4 Barksdale, Clinton E NV 9M NE Las Vegas, NV 3KIA
450522 RP-63C 43-10966 Las Vegas AAF, NV BOF 4 Hamilton, Maurice K NV 25M N Indian Springs, NV  
450529 B-25H 43-4447 Baer Field, IN KCR 4 Curtis, James F Jr NV 14M WNW Reno, NV 4KIA
450630 TB-24J 42-50983 Las Vegas AAF, NV KCRL 4 Devone, John F Jr NV Las Vegas AAF, NV poor copy report
450725 AT-6B 41-17229 Las Vegas AAF, NV KCR 4 Garrett, Benjamin P NV 49M N Indian Springs Sub Base, NV 1 KIA
450803 B-24J 42-50571 Romulus AAF, MI KCRW 4 VanPopering, Henry G NV 21M SW Iona, NV 3 KIA
450827 P-63A 42-69443 Indian Springs Sub base, NV KCRMF 4 Marion, Fay W NV 20M NW Indian Springs, NV 1 KIA
450918 TB-24J 42-78549 Gowen Field, ID KCREF 4 Bordemer, William P NV 38M N Deeth, NV 7 KIA 3 BO OK
461001 B-29A 45-21726 Grand Island AAF, NE KCR 4 Smokovitz, William J NV Buffalo Valley  
500113 TF-51D 44-74556 Las Vegas AFB, NV BOEF 4 Carr, Charles C. NV 10 Ni NE Las Vegas  
500311 F-80A 44-85327 Las Vegas AFB, NV KCRMF 4 Peterson, Kenneth D. NV 5 Mi N Indian Springs Aux. 1 Fatal
500505 T-6G 49-2902 Nellis AFB, NV KMAC 4 Meacham, John M. NV Nellis AFB 2 Fatal
500506 F-51D 44-84616 Nellis AFB, NV KTOADF 4 Eagle, Harry J. NV 5 Mi WNW Nellis AFB 1 Fatal
500606 F-80A 44-85265 Nellis AFB, NV BOSF 4 Bliss, Gerald B. NV 10 Mi NE Indian Springs AAF  
500613 T-6D 42-85819 Nellis AFB, NV KCRGC 4 Jones, Noel F. NV 13 Mi NE Nellis AFB 1 Fatal
500707 TF-51D 44-74443 Nellis AFB, NV KCRGC 4 Jenkins, John A. NV 5 Mi ESE  Crystal  
500710 F-51D 44-73447 Nellis AFB, NV BOSSP 4 LaPorte, Anthony. NV 10 Mi SSW Crystal  
500801 TF-51D 44-74414 Nellis AFB, NV BOEF 4 Deschamps, Elzeard J. NV 15 Mi S Las Vegas  
500808 TF-51D 44-74559 Nellis AFB, NV KSSP 4 Wheaton, Stephen R. NV 3 Mi SE Erie 1 Fatal
500928 F-51D 44-74699 Nellis AFB, NV KCRGC 4 Wolfkill, Robert C. NV 14 Mi NNE Indian Springs 1 Fatal
501009 F-80C 49-0510 Nellis AFB, NV KSF 4 Rudd, Jack A. NV 7 Mi NNE Indian Springs 1 Fatal
501012 TF-51D 44-74649 Nellis AFB, NV KCRGC 4 Brown, Heckle H. NV 5 Mi N Las Vegas  
501117 F-80A 44-85470 Nellis AFB, NV KEX 4 Stuart,William D. NV 3 Mi N Indian Springs 1 Fatal
501128 TF-51D 44-74713 Nellis AFB, NV KMAC 4 Griffith, James M. NV 15 Mi SE Indian Springs 1 Fatal
501128 TF-51D 44-74455 Nellis AFB, NV KMAC 4 Hipscher, Charles W. NV 15 Mi SE Indian Springs  
501130 F-80A 44-85389 Nellis AFB, NV KMAC 4 Wilkes, Dwight E. NV 25 Mi NE Indian Springs  
501130 F-80A 45-8332 Nellis AFB, NV KMAC 4 Langberg, Maurice K. NV 25 Mi NE Indian Springs  
501217 F-51D 45-11603 Reno AFB, NV BOMAC 4 Holland, Vernon H. NV 35 Mi S Hawthorne  
510117 F-80A 44-85380 Nellis AFB, NV KCRGC 4 Sullivan, Orban C. NV 3 Mi N Indian Springs AAB 1F
510122 F-86A 49-1329 Nellis AFB, NV BOMAC 4 Hayes, Jack W. NV 40 Mi NE Indian Springs  
510124 F-80A 45-8321 Nellis AFB, NV KCRGC 4 Robinson, Kenneth L. NV 30 Mi N Indian Springs 1F
510131 F-51D 44-74456 Nellis AFB, NV KCRGC 4 Reynolds, Robert D. NV 7 Mi NW Las Vegas 1F
510303 F-80A 44-85203 Nellis AFB, NV KCR 4 Luse, Sherwin A. NV 4 Mi N Indian Springs 1F
510313 F-51D 44-74734 Nellis AFB, NV FLEF 4 Glover, John. NV Nellis AFB  
510403 F-86A 48-0157 Nellis AFB, NV KCRGC 4 Baertsch, Richard E. NV 6 Mi N Indian Springs 1F
510419 F-80A 44-85211 Nellis AFB, NV KTOAEF 4 Bertorelli, Roy. NV 6 Mi SW Nellis AFB 1F
510509 T-6D 42-86370 Nellis AFB, NV KBOMAC 4 Hess, Jack O. NV 15 Mi SE Nellis AFB 1F
510516 F-51D 44-72500 Nellis AFB, NV KSF 4 Vandevanter, Chauncey P. NV 3 Mi NE Indian Springs AFB  
510702 F-80C 47-0195 Nellis AFB, NV KCRGC 4 Cornely, Charles F. NV 7 Mi NW Nellis AFB 1
510717 F-80A 44-85273 Nellis AFB, NV KCRGC 4 Hardy, Richard A. NV 4 Mi WNW Jean 1
510914 F-80A 44-85144 Nellis AFB, NV BOMAC 4 Law, Donald D. NV 15 Mi SE Indian Springs  
510914 F-80A 45-8311 Nellis AFB, NV KMAC 4 Tisdale, Henry E. NV 15 Mi SE Indian Springs 1
510921 F-80A 44-85263 Nellis AFB, NV KTOAGC 4 McDowell, Hamilton L. NV 2 Mi S Nellis AFB 1
511010 F-80A 45-8336 Nellis AFB, NV KCR 4 Dewolfe, Gene S. NV 4 Mi SW Las Vegas  
511011 TB-25J 44-29929 Peterson Field, CO KCBLEF 4 Ruddell, George I. NV 6 Mi ESE Reno Sky Ranch  
511030 F-80A 44-85157 Nellis AFB, NV TOAEF 4 Roush, Roy W. NV 6 Mi ESE Nellis AFB  
511031 F-80B 45-8522 Nellis AFB, NV KMAC 4 Oakes, Alfred C. NV 15 Mi SE Indian Springs  
511119 F-80B 45-8652 Nellis AFB, NV LACSSP 4 Smith, Ward M. NV Nellis AFB  

USN Major Aircraft Accidents, off airport, in Nevada

DATE TYPE BUREAU # LOCATION SHIP/STATION PILOT/RANK/INJ REMARKS
421219 FAIRCHILD   NV CARSON CITY NR   PETERSON,HOWARD H CAD/KIA SPUN IN;
431122 N2T-1 32494 NV FALLON NAS 62MI E FERRY ABERNATHY,CLARENCE RV LT/MINOR WEATHER;F/L;HIT TREE;
440205 J3C NC-41274 NV ELY ARPT 4MI N   LATCHAM,CHESTER A JR CAD/BO/SER SPUN IN;
440524 J3 NC-24889 NV YELLAND FLD 24MI NE   OSBORNE,EUGENE D CAD/MINOR STALLED IN CANYON;
440728 SB2C-3 19390 NV FALLON NAS NR NAS FALLON WALKER,HARVEY R ENS/KIA DOVE IN;
440826 F6F-3 66210 NV IN PYRAMID LAKE NAS FALLON SHANOR,CARL L ENS/MIA MUSHED IN ON PULLOUT;330';
440907 SB2C-3 19309 NV FALLON NAS NR NAS FALLON KESSLER,JOHN E ENS/KIA SPUN IN;FIRE;
440911 SB2C-3 19382 NV FALLON NAS 032T 18MI NAS FALLON MASON,CHARLES P LT/KIA DOVE IN;
440926 F6F-3 65899 NV HUMBOLT SALT MARSH 10MI NE NAS FALLON CHASE,DONALD R ENS/KIA MID-AIR;
440926 F6F-3 08987 NV HUMBOLT SALT MARSH 10MI NE NAS FALLON HUNT,ROBERT J ENS/KIA MID-AIR;
441010 F6F-3 41862 NV FALLON NAS NR NAS FALLON HOWARD,JOHN E ENS/NONE MID-AIR;LANDED SAFELY;
441010 F6F-5 70562 NV FALLON NAS NR NAS FALLON MURPHY,HORACE J 378569 ENS/NONE MID-AIR;LANDED SAFELY;
441103 F6F-5 58930 NV FALLON NAS 3MI NW NAS FALLON RUSH,CHARLES E ENS/BO/KIA ENG FAILED;
441120 TBF-1 01741 NV FALLON NAS 110T 26MI NAS FALLON SHAUGHNESSY,FRANCIS ENS/NONE ENG FAILED;F/L;
441122 F6F-3 40229 NV FALLON NAS 3MI N NAS FALLON FITHIAN,LUKE ENS/NONE ENG FAILED;F/L;
450107 F6F-3 42772 NV FALLON NAS 25MI N NAS FALLON ALMOND,GLENN C ENS/NONE E/F;F/L;
450115 F4U-1D 82336 NV FALLON NAS 5MI NW NAS FALLON HOLLYMAN,DANNIE J ENS/KIA MID-AIR;FIRE;
450214 F6F-3 40011 NV FALLON NAS 2MI W NAS FALLON LISZAK,NIKOLAY ENS/KIA DOVE IN;
450217 F6F-3 40019 NV SODA LAKE 1.5MI N NAS FALLON WILKIN,CE ENS/MINOR ENG FAILED;F/L;
450302 F6F-3 66175 NV STILLWATER 3MI NW NAS FALLON HAGIE,BRADFORD F LT/NONE ENG FAILED;F/L;
450310 F6F-3 40172 NV FALLON NAS 3MI W NAS FALLON WOODWARD,ALLEN L ENS/NONE ENG FAILED;F/L IN PASTURE;
450316 F6F-3 42957 NV FALLON NAS NR NAS FALLON WALKER,ROBERT T ENS/NONE HIT TOW LINE;LANDED SAFELY;A/C REP;
450321 SB2C-4 20569 NV FALLON NAS 4MI W   MCCORMICK,THOMAS ENS/MINOR ENG FAILED;F/L;
450402 TBM-3 22966 NV FALLON NAS 344T 22MI NAS FALLON SOOY,THORNTON H LT/KIA DOVE IN;
450405 F6F-3 43081 NV FALLON NAS 160T 22MI NAS FALLON SPENDLEY,PAUL K ENS/KIA DOVE IN NR TARGET B-19;
450429 FM-2 55075 NV FERNLEY NR NAAS MONTEREY GRAY,ROBERT J ENS/NONE NOSED OVER ON T/O;
450507 F6F-3 42932 NV FALLON NAS E NAS FALLON TIDWELL,TW ENS/MINOR ENG FAILED;F/L;
450507 F6F-3 42932 NV FALLON NAS NR   TIDWELL,TW ENS/MINOR E/F;F/L;
450607 F6F-3 40627 NV FALLON NAS 21MI S NAS FALLON WELDER,JAMES LT/NONE ENG FAILED;F/L;
450621 F6F-3 41841 NV FALLON NAS 10MI E NAS FALLON WELDER,JAMES LT/NONE E/F;F/L;
450626 F6F-5 70074 NV FALLON NAS TARGET R-18 NR   SHAFFER,JAMES B ENS/NONE E/F;F/L;
450705 F6F-5E 71400 NV FALLON NAS 10MI NW NAS FALLON BILBAO,PAUL ENS/SER FLEW INTO GRD;BOUNCED;F/L;
450711 F6F-5 58374 NV FALLON NAS 3MI W NAS FALLON TIDWELL,TW ENS/KIA FIRE IN AIR;F/L;HIT DITCH;
450924 SB2C-4E 20886 NV LAKE TAHOE S END   MCILWAIN,ET ENS/NONE ENG FAILED;F/L IN MARSH;
450928 F4U-1D 57343 NV IN CARSON SINK NAS FALLON BRIDGES,JOHNNIE J LT/SER E/F;F/L;
460110 SB2C-4E 20786 NV IN CARSON SINK NAS FALLON KENNEDY,JOHN F ENS/KIA DOVE IN;
460130 SB2C-5 83225 NV FALLON NAS NR NAS FALLON KINNEY,ROBERT R ENS/KIA SPUN IN;
480930 F8F-1 95054 NV FALLON NAS 8MI SW NAS FALLON CYR,HECTOR C LT/NONE WING TIP FAILED;A/C REP;
490929 AD-3 122736 NV FALLON NAS TARGET #18 NR NAS FALLON SMITH,ROBERT R MID/KIA DOVE IN;
491013 AD-2 122241 NV FALLON NAS TARGET #18 NR NAS FALLON GARDNER,HARVEY R LT/KIA STRUCTURAL FAILURE;
510515 F4U-4 81449 NV CARSON SINK NR NAS ALAMEDA BUSCH,ROLAND G 538978 ENS/NONE HIT WATER STRAFEING;LANDED SAFELY;
510928 F4U-4 81751 NV FALLON NAS 040T 30MI NAS ALAMEDA MANSEAU,ROBERT G 521664 LT/KIA TOW LINE JAMMED ELEVATOR;SPUN IN;
511016 F4U-4 82100 NV FALLON NAS 1MI W NAS FALLON KALLSEN,LESLIE W ENS/NONE ENG FAILED;F/L;
511205 AD-3 122804 NV FALLON NAS 10MI W NAS FALLON DOLAN,OWEN F 47096 LT/SER ENG FAILED;F/L;
511208 AD-1 09110 NV FALLON NAS 22MI SE NAS ALAMEDA EVERLING,JACK E LT/NONE MID-AIR;A/C REP;
511208 AD-1 09339 NV FALLON NAS 22MI SE NAS ALAMEDA BUTTLAR,WILLIAM A 494638 LT/NONE MID-AIR;F/L;
511221 AD-1 09120 NV FALLON NAS 22MI S NAS FALLON RICHTER,EDWARD J 507453 ENS/KIA E/F;SPUN IN;
520124 F9F-2 123600 NV FALLON NAS 50MI SW NALF SANTA ROSA CONKLIN,RAYMOND F 99794 LCDR/KIA DOVE INTO GRD;ON MASON VALLEY RANCH
520428 F9F-2 123439 NV FALLON NAS TARGET #19 NR NAS MOFFETT FLD RYAN,EUGENE F JR 538317 ENS/KIA DOVE IN ON BOMBING RUN;
520814 F4U-4 96948 NV FALLON NAS TARGET #17 NR NAS FALLON CASTERLON,GEORGE R 550739 ENS/MINOR E/F;F/L;FIRE;
520905 HRS-1 127828 NV SCHURZ FLD NR   BISHOP,TILLMAN E 14998 MAJ/NONE E/F;CARTWHEELED LANDING;
530219 F9F-6 127371 NV FALLON NAS NR NAS FALLON HONEY,AC 541809 LT/MINOR LOST LATERAL CONTROL;F/L;
530729 AD-4B 132314 NV FALLON NAS NR NAS FALLON BARKSDALE,ALLEN D 464024 LT/KIA HIT HILL;