So does searching for, locating and documenting old
aircraft crash sites sound interesting and exciting? It
is! How does one get involved?
Research is the first step. Going through the
newspaper is the best bet to come up with dates.
With the date you can obtain the crash report.
With the location and picture information from
these sources you can set out on your search.
Check and see if any of the witnesses still live
in the area. The crash reports will often have
the witnesses names and even addresses.
Another good source of leads is anyone who lived
in the area during WWII --especially if they were
a teenager at the time. If you live in
California, Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains
and Deserts of California by Pat Macha is
another very good resource. Craig Fuller will
soon have a similar book out on AZ and NV. See
our books page.
Wreck chasing by Nick Veronico is very
good book on the basics. If you do not know of
anyone who is already into this, dont
worry. Most of us started out searching on our
own. It is best to have a hiking partner for
safety, so find anyone else who is willing to
traipse across the country side on a wild goose
chase. See our books
Check out our bulletin board (it is currently
under construction) for e-mail from people in
organizes expeditions and offers an excellent
Help AAIRs database project. Print out a
copy of the Historic
Aircraft Crash Site Report Form and fill it
out for any sites you find. The exact location
will be kept confidential. AAIR does not give out
exact locations. In an effort to help preserve
these sites we only give out general locations
which should be good enough for most research. We
do make some exceptions: nationally accredited
museums and historical societies, government
agencies or firms working on government projects,
and next of kin.