Historic Aircraft Wrecks of Los Angeles County (eBook)

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A century of aviationresearch and military flights over Los Angeles County has left the San GabrielMountains, Mojave Desert and the near-shore Pacific Ocean strewn with more than1,500 aircraft crash sites. Barnstormers and test pilots too often madeunexpected final landings. Accidents occurred on a nearly daily basis duringWorld War II training maneuvers. Private planes, a sign of 1950s prosperity,also met tragic ends. These epic incidents include the 1971 tragedy of Flight706 in which an airliner collided with a marine fighter jet above Mount Bliss,killing fifty people. Renowned aircraft crash search specialist G. Pat Macharecounts dozens of sorrowful, triumphant and surprising true stories of thosewho lived through these ordeals while offering touching tributes to those whodid not.

A century of aviationresearch and military flights over Los Angeles County has left the San GabrielMountains, Mojave Desert and the near-shore Pacific Ocean strewn with more than1,500 aircraft crash sites. Barnstormers and test pilots too often madeunexpected final landings. Accidents occurred on a nearly daily basis duringWorld War II training maneuvers. Private planes, a sign of 1950s prosperity,also met tragic ends. These epic incidents include the 1971 tragedy of Flight706 in which an airliner collided with a marine fighter jet above Mount Bliss,killing fifty people. Renowned aircraft crash search specialist G. Pat Macharecounts dozens of sorrowful, triumphant and surprising true stories of thosewho lived through these ordeals while offering touching tributes to those whodid not.


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