Ride to a plane crash- a little ride report

Discussion in 'Canada' started by ZZR_Ron, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    In 1971, a forest fire was burning near Norse Lake.

    A modified Grumman Avenger was dispatched, with a full load of
    chemical fire retardent, to keep the fire in check.

    The pilot came in over the fire, tried to release the load, but
    it didn't happen. Still with a full load, the plane lacked enough lift
    to pull back out, and crashed, leaving 300 metres of debris in it's
    glide path.

    The pilot's life was saved when the plane hit, and the fire retardant
    put out the forest fire for 100 metres around the plane.

    We decided to go for a ride, and find that plane!

    The gpx file is included.

    My fellow adventurer for this ride, Bill, on his new KLX250...

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    Me, with the bikes, right after we found the trail in.

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    Here's what the plane would have looked like before the crash.
    It was a modified WWII plane.

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    Though a series of events which involved some vague directions, and
    a bit of shithouse luck, we found the trail in...
    The debris started almost right away.

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    Part of a wing. You can still see the rounded dents in the front of it,
    where it hit the trees, and was subsequently torn off.

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    Continuing along the trail, we found the fuselage, and main wings, still sitting there after
    a third of a century!
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    A good ride overall, but even better because we accomplished our goal:
    to find the plane!!
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  2. vegasphotog

    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    Hey Ron,

    Thanks for sharing that really cool adventure! :clap This speaks to my similar interests of DS bikes...not necessarily always riding around aimlessly, (though, that can be quite fun also...) but to BE ON A MISSION.

    Nice score finding the plane and great pix.
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  3. Ontario GS

    Ontario GS Budding Adv. Traveler

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    Hey Ron, that's pretty cool!!!!!!
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  4. Ride_There

    Ride_There Will ride for bacon.

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    Cool find

    I wonder how many people have stumbled upon that plane over the last few decades.
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  5. MooseKiller

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    Wow! That's cool! Also a good story and to hear the pilot made it out OK back when it happened... Thanks for the pix! :clap
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  6. Dingo Joe

    Dingo Joe Frick You...

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    i wonder what all that aluminum is worth...
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  7. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    I should mention that Bill took most of the pics...thanks Bill!

    I don't think too many people have come across it over the years, even
    locals have never heard of it, or thought it would have been long cleaned up.

    It isn't easy to find. (Well, easier for you guys with a gpx file in front of you!)

    Now, I refuse to do another ride report of any kind, until the "Quest for the Castle" has been conquered...or it conquers us!
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  8. Wheeldog

    Wheeldog Long timer

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    Pretty cool trip!!!:thumb:clap

    You make it sound like '71 was a long time ago:cry.......thats the year I graduated from high school.:gerg:wink:
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  9. BikePilot

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    That's a really cool trip:bow Was the radial engine laying around somewhere? What did the avenger use anyway a PW-2800??
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  10. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    +1 Cool story. Thanks for sharing. Mark H.
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  11. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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    R2600!
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  12. Ridemuch

    Ridemuch SUP

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    Great story Ron if I ever make it out your way I would love to see it.
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  13. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    nice:1drink
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  14. mriderleon

    mriderleon Been here awhile

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    We looked for it a couple of times last month when I visited Ron, he got the location of the crash site from the guy that salvaged the engine from the wreck. He said the engine was in a museum somewhere.
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  15. sullydirt

    sullydirt Been here awhile

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    Good story, thanks for sharing.
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  16. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    cool. Perhaps you could salvage it an put it too good use:evil There's just nothing like a good old radial engine pulling you around.
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  17. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    It was a great ride....thought I had put it in ride reports...
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  18. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    Just added a few pics I forgot I had....
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  19. klondike1

    klondike1 Nobody in particular

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    Thanks.
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