Skip to comments.Decades-old military plane wreckage found in Alaska glacier, may give families closure
Posted on 06/28/2012 10:21:07 AM PDT by Kartographer
The wreckage of a military plane found this month on an Alaska glacier is that of an Air Force plane that crashed in 1952, killing all 52 people aboard, military officials said Wednesday.
Army Capt. Jamie Dobson said evidence found at the crash site correlates with the missing C-124A Globemaster, but the military is not eliminating other possibilities because much investigation still needs to be done.
Processing DNA samples from relatives of those on board the plane could take up to six years, Dobson said.
"We're still at the very beginning of this investigation," she said. "This is very close to the starting line, not the finish line."
The Alaska National Guard discovered the wreckage and possibly bones June 10 on Colony Glacier, about 40 miles east of Anchorage.
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Old Shakey. I flew from Travis to Hickam on a 124 in 1972...I stll haven’t stopped vibrating.
Didn’t Northwest Airlines use the Globemaster has a civilian aircraft ?
As a kid I remember seeing these flying over Gary Indiana of say around ‘60 and ‘61. The seems so huge to me at the time. I wonder where they were flying out of?
Flew cross country in one these contraptions in 1967, and I can attest why people in the Air Force called it the Barfmaster.
You may be thinking of the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser. Northwest used them alot.
Fifty-two aboard the C-124.... That’s a pretty full load. RIP All.
I caught a “Hop” from March AFB to Seward Nashville back in 1958 on a C-124
Big Noisy SOB felt like it was waddling on the runway and in the air . the vibrations were so great that I stood up through the whole flight.
She was rigged for cargo so you can imagine the deafening ratttle and
roar. Worst Hop I ever took but it got me back to Fort Campbell on time.
That’s a “C” model.
Could be Scott AFB or Dover AFB. The one I flew on, and on, and on..was Oklahoma Air Guard.
The C-124 wasn’t at Scott until 1966. That’s the only Midwest location I can find where the plane was stationed. As a kid I used to hear air cargo types often mention flying in and out of Palatine, Ill ( different planes in the late 60s ) but web searches give no air force history for that place. Some type of operation was there.
...JPAC spokeswoman Capt. Jamie Dobson said the plane is believed to be a Douglas C-124A Globemaster, a heavy-lifting transport plane that crashed Nov. 22, 1952 while approaching Anchorage....
"The evidence does positively correlate to that wreckage," Dobson said.
The Globemaster was flying from McChord Air Force Base in Washington. With giant bay doors under its nose, the Globemaster, nicknamed "Old Shaky," was the largest cargo plane in the American arsenal at the time, the only aircraft capable of carrying a tank or bulldozer -- or 200 soldiers.
On this flight, it carried 52 men, mostly Air Force and Army personnel and at least one from the Marine Corps and one from the Navy.
It passed Middleton Island, in the Gulf of Alaska south of Prince William Sound, en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base. At about 4 p.m., the captain of a Northwest Orient Airlines passenger plane picked up a distress call.
A scratchy signal made the call almost impossible to understand, but the Northwest pilot heard, "As long as we have to land, we might as well land here."
Silence followed. Nobody heard from the plane again.