Wednesday, September 06, 2017

another plane finally brought out of the wilderness for a museum, it was downed in 1947 by engine problems

An Alaska National Guard Sikorsky CH-54B airlifts a Catalina flying boat (s/n 44-33954) while departing Lake Clark Pass during a recovery operation.

The aircraft was assigned to the 10th Rescue Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base and was abandoned by the USAF after engine trouble forced it down at Dago Lake on 30 September 1947.

Declared government surplus, it was purchased by a private owner and stripped of parts. It was salvaged in 1984 and 1987 and transported to the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum at Anchorage, Alaska (USA), where it remained in its wrecked state.

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