AvAr first 'test' expedition: Lyons
PB4Y Debris Field w/ Brian Richardson, AvAr Project Mgr. and Lance Barber, Photo by Lance Barber.
(click on photo for crash summary)
Very first AvAr Field Trip prior to first training class. Proposed site for first training class field trip. First training class trip was the B-17 Pingree Park, west of Ft. Collins, in Roosevelt National Forest.
||BP4Y Crash Site - Lyons, CO
A PB4Y used for fighting the Lyons Fire crashed on approach to the fire when the wings of the aircraft folded up.
Some crash sites have fuselages, engines, and thousands of parts and debris. Other sites only have small debris; which makes aviation archaeology more challenging. In two to three years of time, vegetation growth can make the site disappear. So, programs like this one can save the history of these types of aviation events and locations.
Different laws, rules, and procedures will dictate the removal or non-removal of aircraft remains. These details will be covered in the classes. Such agencies as US Forest Service, US Park Service, US Air Force/Navy/Army/Marines, city and county governments, Federal Aviation Administration, and private land owners will all participate in the outcome of accident remains. Some of these agencies will be invited to present their responsibilities to the class.