Research of US Navy Terrestrial Military Aircraft Wrecks

Author(s): Blair Atcheson

Year: 2016


The US Navy (USN) manages a collection of over 14,000 historic aircraft wrecks, a significant portion of which are terrestrial sites. In addition to planned research of terrestrial aircraft wreck sites, the Navy often receives notice from the public of a potential USN aircraft wreck and must determine how best to respond. Increasing notifications from the public have led to the development of various approaches to site management that take into account local public interest, property ownership and land use, public safety, and historic preservation policies. This paper discussed the challenges, issues, and opportunities associated with the study of terrestrial military aircraft wrecks through recent site investigations of an SBD Dauntless from NAS DeLand (FL), a PV-1 Ventura in Beaufort (SC), and the Goose Lake (OR) wrecks.

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Research of US Navy Terrestrial Military Aircraft Wrecks. Blair Atcheson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434313)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 868