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

We have over 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 www.facebook.com/operationmike. 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.

This group is also petitioning the US government to have the Air Force reopen the search. Not only is the technology available today significantly advanced from what was available in 1950, archival records indicate that the original search, while large, was not as systematic or comprehensive as it should have been. The petition is at Whitehouse.gov, http://wh.gov/E7a


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