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Old 06-01-2006, 08:40 AM   #1
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Ride to a plane crash- a little ride report

In 1971, a forest fire was burning near Norse Lake.

A modified Grumman Avenger was dispatched, with a full load of
chemical fire retardent, to keep the fire in check.

The pilot came in over the fire, tried to release the load, but
it didn't happen. Still with a full load, the plane lacked enough lift
to pull back out, and crashed, leaving 300 metres of debris in it's
glide path.

The pilot's life was saved when the plane hit, and the fire retardant
put out the forest fire for 100 metres around the plane.

We decided to go for a ride, and find that plane!

The gpx file is included.

My fellow adventurer for this ride, Bill, on his new KLX250...



Me, with the bikes, right after we found the trail in.



Here's what the plane would have looked like before the crash.
It was a modified WWII plane.



Though a series of events which involved some vague directions, and
a bit of shithouse luck, we found the trail in...
The debris started almost right away.



Part of a wing. You can still see the rounded dents in the front of it,
where it hit the trees, and was subsequently torn off.



Continuing along the trail, we found the fuselage, and main wings, still sitting there after
a third of a century!



Bill, looking over the wreckage.





A good ride overall, but even better because we accomplished our goal:
to find the plane!!
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File Type: gpx Crash site.gpx (199.9 KB, 199 views)
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Old 06-01-2006, 08:57 AM   #2
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Hey Ron,

Thanks for sharing that really cool adventure! This speaks to my similar interests of DS bikes...not necessarily always riding around aimlessly, (though, that can be quite fun also...) but to BE ON A MISSION.

Nice score finding the plane and great pix.
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Old 06-01-2006, 09:55 AM   #3
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Hey Ron, that's pretty cool!!!!!!
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:05 AM   #4
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Cool find

I wonder how many people have stumbled upon that plane over the last few decades.
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:28 AM   #5
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Wow! That's cool! Also a good story and to hear the pilot made it out OK back when it happened... Thanks for the pix!
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:32 AM   #6
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i wonder what all that aluminum is worth...
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:34 AM   #7
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an acknowledgement

I should mention that Bill took most of the pics...thanks Bill!

I don't think too many people have come across it over the years, even
locals have never heard of it, or thought it would have been long cleaned up.

It isn't easy to find. (Well, easier for you guys with a gpx file in front of you!)

Now, I refuse to do another ride report of any kind, until the "Quest for the Castle" has been conquered...or it conquers us!
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:57 AM   #8
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Pretty cool trip!!!

You make it sound like '71 was a long time ago.......thats the year I graduated from high school.
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:05 AM   #9
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That's a really cool trip Was the radial engine laying around somewhere? What did the avenger use anyway a PW-2800??
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Old 06-01-2006, 12:16 PM   #10
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Wow! That's cool! Also a good story and to hear the pilot made it out OK back when it happened... Thanks for the pix!
+1 Cool story. Thanks for sharing. Mark H.
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Old 06-01-2006, 01:45 PM   #11
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That's a really cool trip Was the radial engine laying around somewhere? What did the avenger use anyway a PW-2800??
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Old 06-01-2006, 07:00 PM   #12
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Great story Ron if I ever make it out your way I would love to see it.
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:10 PM   #13
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Old 06-08-2006, 05:38 AM   #14
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The engine

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That's a really cool trip Was the radial engine laying around somewhere? What did the avenger use anyway a PW-2800??
We looked for it a couple of times last month when I visited Ron, he got the location of the crash site from the guy that salvaged the engine from the wreck. He said the engine was in a museum somewhere.
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Old 06-08-2006, 10:19 AM   #15
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Good story, thanks for sharing.
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